Wednesday, April 1, 2015

French eye cockpit entry rules

PARIS (AP) — French aviation investigators said today they will examine “systemic weaknesses” like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings plane crash — issues that could affect the worldwide aviation industry. Lufthansa, meanwhile, said its insurers had set aside $300 million to deal with possible costs from […]

Officials say Iran nuke talks will continue in new phase

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared today to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement by the end of June to control Iran’s nuclear ambitions, officials told The Associated […]

Police: Missing athlete died on freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A UC Berkeley, soccer player who disappeared after leaving a weekend party was killed by a car as he ran across a Los Angeles freeway, police said Monday. The 19-year-old freshman, Eloi Vasquez, died early Saturday on eastbound Interstate 10 about a mile from the University of Southern California after he was […]

Bob Dunning: Wrap your head around our MRAP need

MRAP DEBATE BACK ON FRONT BURNER … no, even if Davis hadn’t given away its Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected military surplus vehicle to Woodland, it wouldn’t have changed the outcome of last weekend’s horrific murder-suicide in West Davis … in fact, it appears nothing could have prevented this young killer from doing what he did, whether as […]

Solo crash kills Woodland man, 22

A 22-year-old Woodland man was killed Sunday morning when his vehicle ran off County Road 98 west of Davis. California Highway Patrol officers say Khawar Ghaffar was at the wheel of a Mercedes E350 that was traveling at a high rate of speed on northbound County Road 98 when it left the roadway near County […]

Bob Dunning: It’s like a dance, but with no serial monologues

Because I have spies in high places, I now have a copy of the official “notes” from the city-sponsored B Street Corridor Striping Meeting that may ultimately change how we all view the world. For some reason, the logo of an outfit called the “Mirror Group” appears on this report, complete with a facilitator. And […]

Human Relations Commission hosts Chávez celebration

The 15th annual Davis César Chávez Celebration will from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School Multipurpose Room (1441 Danbury Street in Davis). The free event is sponsored by the City of Davis Human Relations Commission. Community members of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend this family-friendly event. This […]

Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say

By Frank Jordans and David McHugh The Associated Press MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday. The evidence came from the search […]

Senate’s Harry Reid announces he won’t seek re-election

By Erica Werner The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who’s dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire from the institution where he’s served for five terms. Reid, 75, who shepherded key Obama administration initiatives including the president’s health […]

Woodland police warn of kidnapping phone scam

Woodland police say they have recently fielded numerous reports regarding a kidnapping telephone scam. Sgt. Brett Hancock said the suspect in this scam calls from a blocked telephone number and claims that they have kidnapped a family member, though seldom has any specific information regarding the victim. The caller also demands a ransom for the […]

Bob Dunning: You get the feeling the decision has been made

POWER TO THE PEOPLE … hey, I’m in favor of cheap, relatively clean power as much as the next guy, but no one from the city of Davis has yet told us how “public power” from “renewable” sources will necessarily be cheaper … Nonetheless, the city has formed a Community Choice Energy Advisory Committee to […]

Silicon Valley gender discrimination lawsuit goes to jury

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jurors were set to begin their second day of deliberations on Thursday in a gender-bias case that has drawn attention to the treatment of women in Silicon Valley. During closing arguments, attorney Therese Lawless told the jury to let defendant Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and other firms know that everybody […]

Police call kidnap a hoax, now can’t find California woman

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — Northern California investigators say they were suspicious when a man took hours to report that strangers broke into his home and abducted his girlfriend for an $8,500 ransom but had to take it seriously for the two days she was missing. Denise Huskins, 29, reappeared 400 miles away in Southern California […]

Former Davis man gets 9-year term for sword attack

A former Davis man convicted for a 2013 samurai-sword attack on his wife was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in state prison. Charles Haig Guenther, 37, received his sentence in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, where in January he pleaded no contest to felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting corporal injury on […]