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Firefighter killed, hundreds flee as California blazes burn

LOWER LAKE (AP) — Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as crews continue to battle the flames from the air and the ground. In Yolo County, the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department ordered the evacuation of Cache Canyon […]

Woman hospitalized and jailed during domestic violence arrests

After two arrests and a trip to the hospital, a Davis woman now resides in the Yolo County Jail for alleged domestic violence. Officers responded to an initial domestic violence call around 5:30 p.m. Friday, arresting the wife on felony charges for domestic violence against her husband, said Sgt. Dan Powell of the Davis Police […]

Bob Dunning: Fame-seekers, start your typewriters!

“Did I miss the ‘Replace the Above Pictured Columnist Contest’ this year?” asked my friend Michael in a short note that didn’t mince words. No, Michael, you didn’t miss anything. The contest is about to begin. In fact, imagine the starter’s gun being fired at this very moment as your signal to begin typing with […]

California zeroes in on conservation stragglers amid drought

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California residents heeded the call to turn off sprinklers in the first month of mandated water conservation, leading to a 27 percent plunge in June. Nearly two-thirds of the 411 local agencies in the state hit or nearly reached savings targets, according to data released Thursday by the State Water Resources Control […]

Woman arrested on burglary, weapon charges

Residents helped police nab a woman suspected of trying to steal a car in West Davis on Wednesday. Officers were summoned at about 2:30 p.m. to the 500 block of Lake Boulevard, where the car’s owner reported seeing someone sitting in the driver’s seat of his car, Davis police Lt. Ton Phan said. Two witnesses […]

California beaches remain open as source of oil slick sought

GOLETA (AP) — The Coast Guard is hoping lab tests will determine the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick floating off California’s Santa Barbara County shoreline. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson said Thursday that the 3-mile-long sheen is about 1,000 yards from the sand and beaches remain open. She says tar ball samples […]

Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research

By Alan Fram WASHINGTON — Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government’s top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine. Planned Parenthood’s request to the National Institutes of Health came as Senate Republicans […]

Gov’t finds health law co-ops awash in red ink

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nonprofit co-ops, the health care law’s public-spirited alternative to mega-insurers, are awash in red ink and many have fallen short of sign-up goals, a government audit has found. Under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 — the […]

Teen charged in death of 8-year-old to appear in court

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of an 8-year-old girl in an artists’ complex in a California beach town is scheduled to appear in court. Police say Adrian Jerry Gonzalez lured Madyson Middleton into his family’s apartment from a courtyard where she had been […]

Urban spraying may be necessary to fight West Nile

As the number of mosquito samples and dead birds testing positive for West Nile virus in Yolo County continues to grow, the local vector control district is warning residents that aerial spraying over urban areas may become necessary. So far, 56 mosquito samples and 16 dead birds — 13 of them in Davis — have tested […]

Bob Dunning: The true public servants are lining up

I suspect we’ve all been forced to play the silly game of musical chairs at least once in our lifetime, but who would have thought our various local politicians would raise this childhood ritual to an art form? Pulling out the most recent political scorecard, I see that newly elected Assemblyman Bill Dodd, who promised […]

Public invited to hear conference lectures

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine will host the 2015 Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, “Solving Complex Challenges at the Interface of Humans, Animals and their Environment,” Thursday through Sunday. More than 400 veterinary student scholars from around the country will attend, along with leading researchers and educators from around the world. The public is […]

Wragg fire flare-up triggers new evacuations

A flare-up in the week-old Wragg fire near Lake Berryessa prompted another round of home evacuations Tuesday as firefighting crews added triple-digit temperatures and windy conditions to their challenges. The flare-up in Wildhorse Canyon, on the blaze’s south side, brought the fire’s total acreage to roughly 7,100 acres as of this morning, though the California Department […]

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