Sunday, April 26, 2015

Nepal quake death toll exceeds 1,800

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of Nepalese who spent the night under a chilly sky were jolted awake by strong aftershocks Sunday, and rescuers aided by international teams cleared rubble in search of survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least 1,865 people across the Himalayan region. Nepal bore the brunt of the […]

Spring storm delivers late rain, snow to Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A brief spring storm delivered a welcome batch of rain to Northern California on Saturday as well as an unexpectedly hearty supply of snow that closed roads in Yosemite National Park and made tire chains a requirement in the mountain passes around Lake Tahoe. The wet weather that moved in from […]

Bob Dunning: Just relax and watch the grass grow

“God bless the grass that grows thru the crack. They roll the concrete over it to try and keep it back. The concrete gets tired of what it has to do, It breaks and it buckles and the grass grows thru, And God bless the grass.” Yes, after boldly plagiarizing songwriter Malvina Reynolds (see above), […]

Los Angeles march to commemorate Armenian killings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands were expected to march in Los Angeles on Friday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. Mayor Eric Garcetti was among the expected speakers at a morning rally that will be followed by a six-mile procession from the Little […]

Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of ‘deadly mistakes’

By Nancy Benac The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Two years ago, President Barack Obama stood before a military audience and spoke of the “heartbreaking tragedy” of accidental civilian deaths caused by U.S. military strikes in the fight against terrorism in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Now, with news of the death of two Western hostages […]

Bob Dunning: Fairness is an afterthought for them

SWEET THOUGHTS … this from State Water Resources Control Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus, as told to The Sacramento Bee: “We are trying to find that sweet spot between making it as fair as we can and getting water conservation.” … Felicia, dear, the sweet spot is not “between” these two goals … the sweet spot […]

Volcano spews ash over Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Twin blasts from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile have sent vast clouds of ash into the sky, increasing concerns that it could contaminate water, cause respiratory illnesses and ground flights. The volcano erupted Wednesday afternoon for the first time in more than four decades, then had another outburst early Thursday, […]

Sales of new homes fall in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted in March, as the spring buying season opened with sharp declines in the Northeast and South. The Commerce Department said Thursday that new-home sales fell 11.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. This marks a swift reversal from an annual sales […]

Bob Dunning: No water, but drowning in red tape

OK, the State Water Resources Control Board has spoken and it’s now up to all of us to quit complaining and start complying. If you don’t like the rules, go raise almonds. I note that in its most recent edict, the Water Board has upped Davis’ conservation mandate to 28 percent from the previous 25, […]

Davis man ID’d as victim of train collision

Yolo County coroner’s officials identified the man killed in a train-versus-car collision late Tuesday night as Ernesto Arango, 54, of Davis. Arango was in a vehicle that was struck by the Union Pacific freight train at about 11:45 p.m. at County Roads 105 and 32A, just east of Davis. He was pronounced dead at the […]

Man dies in train-car collision

A man died late Tuesday night when a freight train struck his vehicle east of Davis, Yolo County sheriff’s officials said. The collision occurred close to midnight at County Roads 105 and 32A. Sheriff’s Capt. Dale Johnson said California Highway Patrol officers initially responded to the scene and discovered a male adult had died in […]

After delay, vaccine bill goes to committee

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A contentious bill that would require California schoolchildren to be vaccinated faces a critical vote Wednesday after lawmakers’ concerns prompted a one-week delay. The Senate Education Committee scheduled the vote on the bill by Sen. Richard Pan, a Democratic pediatrician from Sacramento. The proposal would eliminate California’s personal-belief and religious exemptions so […]

Bob Dunning: Sit and watch, Governor, as tiers go by

Amid the weeping and gnashing of teeth coming out of the governor’s office in Sacramento over an appeals court’s decision striking down tiered water rates in the city of San Juan Capistrano, our beloved town of Davis once again stands out brightly as the City of All Things Right and Relevant. Yes, after several studies, […]

Yolo, Sacramento DAs settle Hershey Co. packaging allegations

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced Tuesday that his office, along with the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office, reached a nearly $184,000 settlement in a consumer protection case against The Hershey Company for alleged product packaging violations in the sale of food products. Filed on April 9, the case focused on packages that were misleading, […]

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