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US, Cuba reach agreement to open embassies

By Julie Pace WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The Cuban Foreign […]

Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill. State regulators this month approved nine permits for operator Thums Long Beach Co. for so-called fracking operations between […]

Bob Dunning: You’ll never believe what you’re doing wrong

It’s getting awfully difficult to live in Davis or even on Planet Earth these days without doing something that’s harmful to somebody. First it was Pope Francis’ brilliant and moving encyclical, Laudato Si’, and now this from our very own environmental gurus at the Explorit Science Center, courtesy of my friend Jeff. “Hello, Bob,” Jeff […]

Cut cables disrupt NorCal phones, Internet

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Internet and phone services have been disrupted in some areas of Northern California after three major fiber optic cables were cut. The FBI says vandalism early Tuesday at an Alameda County site caused outages reported along the Interstate 80 corridor from the San Francisco Bay Area through Sacramento to Auburn in the […]

Bob Dunning: Think about it, green is the new brown

IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN … my friend Eric points out that “Some people are painting their dying lawns green,” which is making some enterprising young folks with a can of spray paint rich … however, Davis being Davis, if you have a green lawn in this town it’s proof positive that you’re a water-wasting […]

Pig’s head dumped outside Davis bike shop

Davis police are investigating the discovery of a pig’s head Monday morning outside a local business. “It was sitting right there in front of the door, blocking the door,” a woman named Karen (she asked that her last name be withheld) said of what she found after parking in front of the Davis Bike Exchange. […]

Animal Services investigating dog attack on child

A dog remains quarantined at Yolo County Animal Services in Woodland following a bite incident Saturday that severely injured a 5-year-old boy at a South Davis home. Chief Animal Services Officer Vicky Fletcher said Monday the dog, a male American bulldog that’s about a year old, will be held for at least 10 days during […]

1 killed, 3 hurt in Highway 16 crash

One person was killed and three others injured Monday morning in a four-vehicle collision that shut down Highway 16 near Madison for hours. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at about 6:40 a.m. when the driver of a westbound Pontiac Grand Prix, 25-year-old Danny R. Vidrio of Woodland, drifted out of its […]

Most evacuations lifted as wildfire slows

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — Most evacuations were lifted Saturday near a Southern California wildfire that threatened more than 7,000 buildings as firefighters caught a break in the weather and redoubled efforts to surround it. At the same time, impending thunderstorms carried the threat of lightning and gusty winds that could spark new fires in the […]

Bad parking job sends two men to jail on auto theft and meth charges

Two men were arrested on counts of auto theft and possession of methamphetamine in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on 4835 Chiles Rd. at 11:15 p.m. Friday night. While patrolling the area, officers noticed a car parked in a handicapped parking space without a placard. Before making contact with the vehicle, officers ran the […]

5-year-old sustains ‘severe injuries’ from pit bull attack

A pit bull attack sent a 5-year-old child in to the hospital Saturday afternoon. While the owner of the dog was at work, the owner’s nephew, 10, and the nephew’s friend, 5, were playing when the dog attacked the friend, said Sgt. Dan Powell of the Davis Police Department. The only adult present was sleeping, Powell […]

Bob Dunning: Thank goodness for these useful calorie counts

Thank heavens the Food Police finally got their way and now every “chain” fast food outlet in the state has to tell us right up front how many calories each menu item contains. And never mind that our trendy and expensive non-chain restaurants can serve fatty 20-ounce ribeyes on top of a pile of bleu-cheese […]

Procter & Gamble, DAs settle false packaging allegations

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced Friday that the Procter & Gamble Co. will pay $850,000 to settle a consumer-protection action brought by prosecutors in the district attorney’s offices in Yolo, Fresno, Shasta and Riverside counties. The prosecutors alleged that packages of Procter & Gamble’s products contained excessive nonfunctional “slack fill” in violation of […]

Career criminal law struck down

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court today struck down part of a federal law that is intended keep people convicted of repeated violent crimes in prison longer. The justices ruled that a catch-all phrase in the Armed Career Criminal Act defining what crimes make a defendant eligible for a longer prison term is too vague. The […]

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