Can the U.S. return to 4% growth?

NEW YORK — Can the U.S. return to 4% growth — a number not seen in this country since the early 2000s — as President Trump has pledged? Economists Stephen Moore and Jeff Sachs have two very different opinions on that matter. They sat down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria to debate the question. The full interview will air on CNN’s ...

Read More »

EU lawmakers, in unusual move, pull the plug on racist talk

BRUSSELS (AP) — With the specter of populism looming over a critical election year in Europe, the European Parliament has taken an unusual step to crack down on racism and hate speech in its own house. In an unprecedented move, lawmakers have granted special powers to the president to pull the plug on live broadcasts of parliamentary debate in cases ...

Read More »

UC Davis Students Raise Money, Shave Their Heads for Cancer Awareness

DAVIS — Over 40 students at UC Davis shaved their heads Saturday to raise awareness for young adults affected by cancer. Each student raised at least $100, some raising up to $500. The non-profit organization plans to travel to about six more colleges over the next six months. “The best part about this is the kids can’t wait for this ...

Read More »

Copy this: Vatican stakes out rights to Pope Francis’ image

VATICAN CITY (AP) — God’s love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope. Unnerved by the proliferation of papal-themed T-shirts, snow globes and tea towels around the world, the Vatican has warned it intends to “protect” the image of Pope Francis and “stop situations of illegality that may be discovered.” It also wants ...

Read More »

Sacramento Fire Crews Fight Major Westmoreland Way House Fire

SACRAMENTO — Residents on Westmoreland Way were forced to flee Saturday when a fire engulfed their home. Sacramento Fire Department crews were on scene at around 5 p.m. fighting the major house fire near Havenhurst Drive. “Glad that no one was hurt,” said neighbor James Hale. “I’m concerned because, you know, there was a lot of people that lived in the ...

Read More »

Top Indian diplomat to visit Washington for talks

NEW DELHI (AP) — A government official says India’s top foreign ministry bureaucrat will visit Washington at the end of this month for consultations with the new administration. Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar is expected to take up with U.S. officials India’s concerns over a proposed U.S. legislation that could make it harder for companies to replace American workers with those from ...

Read More »

Freeport Residents Instructed to Boil Water or Face Serious Illness

FREEPORT — The warning doesn’t say what’s in the water, but it does say that water must be boiled for at least a minute before being consumed or it may cause stomach or intestinal illness. “I had already brushed my teeth, drank water and coffee and everything else that morning,” said Pat Jenks, one of the residents who got the ...

Read More »

Iran begins navy drill off Strait of Hormuz as US newly wary

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s navy has begun an annual drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Iranian state television quoted navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari on Sunday as saying the maneuver will cover an area of 2 million square kilometers (772,000 square miles) in the Sea of ...

Read More »

18-Year-Old Leads Oroville Officers on High-Speed Chase in Stolen Car

George Wright, 18 (Courtesy: Oroville Police Department) OROVILLE — Officers chased down an 18-year-old and his two passengers Saturday as the driver led them on a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Oroville in a stolen car. At around 4:35 p.m. Officer Khan of the Oroville Police Department spotted a car that had been reportedly stolen from Oroville earlier in the ...

Read More »

No. 1 Gonzaga’s perfect season ends in shocking loss to BYU

There will be no team chasing perfection in this year’s NCAA tournament. Gonzaga has been the most polarizing team in the country for the bulk of the 2016-17 college basketball season. Critics have pointed to their lack of competition in the West Coast Conference, while fans and defenders have noted their impressive non-conference victories and, oh yeah, the little fact ...

Read More »

Arizona Recruit to be First Openly Gay Scholarship Player

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — University of Arizona recruit My-King Johnson is set to become the first active openly gay scholarship player in major-college football history. “I do feel like when I say that (I’m gay), it can put a target on my back. But whatever,” Johnson told The Arizona Daily Star for a story Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end ...

Read More »

Firefighters pull man from burning Petersburg home

PETERSBURG, Va. — Firefighters and EMS crews rescued a man from a burning home in Petersburg Saturday afternoon. Fire crews from stations 5, 4 and 2 saw moderate smoke showing from a two-story home in the 3100 block of Rusty Court Crew arrived at 2:20 p.m. Two firefighters entered the structure and found the homeowner on the floor unresponsive. “They ...

Read More »

New York Times to Broadcast ‘Truth’ Ad During Academy Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times will air a commercial called “The Truth Is Hard” during the Oscars, just days after the company and other news organizations were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing. The 30-second ad includes audio from voices in the vein of news clips, talking about certain “truths,” like “the truth ...

Read More »

Single storm exhausts Richmond’s entire snow removal budget

RICHMOND, Va. — Central Virginia has seen just one major snow this winter and that may be a good thing since the City of Richmond exhausted its entire snow removal budget on the storm. As the mercury climbed to 78 on Saturday, many people out on Brown’s Island were enjoying the unusually warm February day. “It’s beautiful out,” Blake Carrey ...

Read More »

Progressives Threaten Revolt After DNC Vote

ATLANTA (CNN) — Progressive activists lashed out at the Democratic Party on Saturday after their choice to lead its national committee, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, was defeated by former Obama administration Labor Secretary Tom Perez in a tight and unexpectedly contentious contest. After the results were announced, angry Ellison loyalists rose from their seats in the back of the ballroom ...

Read More »