When deficit spending is mentioned, most of you think Congress. Maybe you should think college athletics. The Washington Post recently looked at the financial records of 48 public schools in the Power Five, the five wealthiest collegiate athletic conferences. That's the Big Ten, Pac 12, Big 12, SEC and Atlantic Coast Conference.
They found sports departments routinely overspend despite rising revenues--Defenders say that's what it takes to compete at the highest level--sort of an athletic arms race--critics say it shows college sports is a poorly run big business and even huge athletic programs should be making a profit or breaking even.
They zeroed in on two schools--Auburn in Alabama and Rutgers in New Jersey--and found Auburn spent almost 14 million dollars on a new video board even though it was 17 million in the hole--and Rutgers spent 102 million on a football stadium expansion even though it was 36 million in the red. One official says the current model doesn't work.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked more than a week of demonstrations:
Prosecutors are filing charges against four men who were arrested last week after shots were fired at demonstrators protesting the killing of a black man by police.
Twenty-two-year-old Allen Lawrence Scarsella, of Lakeville, is charged with one count of riot while armed with a dangerous weapon and five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
The criminal complaint says Scarsella fired the shots that left five protesters injured on Nov. 23.
Prosecutors plan to announce charges against three other men on Monday afternoon.
The shooting happened near a police precinct where dozens of protesters have been camped since the Nov. 15 fatal shooting of Jamar Clark.
Police say Clark was fatally shot after struggling with officers. But some people who said they saw the shooting allege the 24-year-old was handcuffed.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is ending its effort to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood clinics after losing in federal court.
Lawyers for the state and Planned Parenthood Southeast submitted a settlement agreement Monday to a federal judge. In the agreement, the state says Planned Parenthood Southeast has been reinstated as a Medicaid provider.
Planned Parenthood took Alabama to court after Republican Gov. Robert Bentley cut off Medicaid funds to the organization in the wake of undercover videos that anti-abortion activists say show the group's personnel negotiating the sale of fetal organs.
The Alabama clinics do not participate in the donation program.
In the settlement, the state agrees to pay Planned Parenthood's lawyers $51,000 in legal fees. That's about nine times the amount of Medicaid dollars that have gone to the Alabama clinics in the last two years.
NEW YORK (AP) — A new federal report says U.S. abortions continue to fall.
Federal statistics show abortions have been in a general decline for about 25 years.
The number of reported abortions dropped 4 percent in 2012.
About 699,000 abortions were reported to the federal government that year. That's about 31,000 fewer than the year before.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Wednesday.
Experts offer various reasons for the recent declines: Better use of birth control and the lingering effects of the economic recession. Others argue there's been a cultural shift and more women opt to continue their pregnancy.
LONDON (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has slowed plans to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees within months to allay people's security concerns after the Paris attacks.
Trudeau had wanted to resettle 25,000 refugees in Canada by Dec. 31. On Tuesday, his Liberal government said Canada would resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year and another 15,000 by the end of February.
In London on Wednesday, Trudeau said last week's deadly gun-and-bomb attacks in Paris, claimed by the Islamic State group, had changed "the perception that Canadians had."
He said people who were previously supportive of the refugee plan "had a few more questions. And we realized that the most important thing is to be able to reassure Canadians that absolutely everything is being done to keep Canadians safe."
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there's currently no specific, credible intelligence that would indicate a potential terrorist plot in the U.S. during the holidays.
Obama says his administration is taking "every possible step" to keep the country safe. He says that if there were to be a credible threat, the public will be informed.
The president says it's understandable that the public is worried that attacks like the ones in Paris this month could happen in the United States. But he's encouraging people to go about their normal activities around Thanksgiving.
Obama spoke from the White House on Wednesday shortly after meeting with his national security team.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military general staff says that one of the pilots of the Su-24 warplane that was shot down by Turkey was killed by groundfire as he parachuted from his crippled plane.
Russian news agencies reported the statement Tuesday by general staff spokesman Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, who also said that rebels in Syria fired on a Russian helicopter that was searching for the two pilots of the Su-24.
He said that shooting killed one crew member on the Mi-8 helicopter and forced it to land in neutral territory. The rest of the crew was evacuated.
Rudskoi also said that Russian radar data showed that Turkish warplanes had violated Syrian airspace in the course of shooting down the Russian plane.
Three men allegedly forced their way into a home on the 64-hundred block of Lucky John Road and confronted the homeowner around 10:30 pm Monday.
When officers arrived they reportedly found the male homeowner shot in the chest in front of his home. Police say the man was transported to Enloe Medical Center and is said to be in critical condition.
Officers searched the area but could not find the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Paradise Police Department.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly lower as traders worry about weaker economic figures and higher tensions in the Middle East.
The price of crude oil jumped 3 percent after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane near the Syrian border.
In the U.S., a measure of consumer confidence sank this month. The two events helped send travel-related stocks lower. Cruise lines, Expedia and airline stocks all fell.
Belgian authorities have charged a fifth suspect with terror offenses relating to the Paris attacks.
The federal prosecutor's office on Tuesday also issued an international warrant for Mohamed Abrini, who is being tracked by both Belgian and French police.
Authorities are looking for Abrini because he was seen with fugitive Salah Abdeslam at a gasoline station in Ressons on the highway to Paris two days before the attacks. They said that Abrini was driving the Renault Clio that was used in the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds of others.
CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting a black teenager.
Charges announced Tuesday come as the city prepares to release a squad-car video of Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014.
The state's attorney's office said in a news release that Van Dyke has been charged with first degree murder.
People who have seen the video say it shows McDonald armed with a small knife and walking away from officers. Van Dyke opens fire from about 15 feet and keeps shooting after the teen falls to the ground.
An autopsy says he was shot at least twice in the back.
Some worry the images could lead to unrest as in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after police-involved deaths.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey points to an "ongoing problem" with Russia's airstrikes in Syria.
Obama says Turkey "has a right to defend its territory and its airspace." And he says that Russia is operating very close to the Turkish border as it goes after moderate opposition groups that are supported by Turkey and a wide range of countries.
The president says that if Russia would instead concentrate its airstrikes on the Islamic State group, then mistakes would be "less likely to occur."
Obama is urging both Turkey and France to take measures "to discourage any kind of escalation" over the downing of the Russian warplane.
And Obama says that the downing of the plane underscores the importance of moving forward on efforts to find a political solution to the civil war in Syria.
The president spoke during a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. defense official in Washington and a NATO diplomat say the Russian plane that was shot down by Turkey today had entered Turkish airspace.
The U.S. official said the Russian plane was over Turkey for just a matter of seconds.
The NATO diplomat said the Turks have reported two separate violations of their airspace, including one that lasted 17 seconds.
The diplomat said the Turks had played the warning messages they sent to the Russians in a closed-door meeting of NATO's North Atlantic Council and that they sent 21 warnings in five minutes.
A U.S. military spokesman earlier said the U.S. heard communication between Turkish and Russian pilots before Turkey shot down the Russian plane. Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for the U.S. military in Baghdad, told reporters at the Pentagon that the U.S. military was "able to hear everything that was going on."
Asked whether he could confirm that Turkish pilots issued 10 verbal warnings to the Russian pilots and that the Russians did not respond, Warren said, "Yes."
Authorities now say a deadly shooting in Paradise Saturday morning appears to be a domestic violence incident.
Police were called to the 53 hundred block of Sawmill Road about 8:30 Saturday morning where they found a man dead and woman injured.
The dead man has been identified as 50-year-old Troy Smith of Paradise. He reportedly died from a gunshot wound to the head. They also found a woman critically injured in the living room. She is reportedly in stable condition at UC Davis Medical Center.
Police in Paradise have made no arrest and do not believe a shooter is at large.
Chico Police have received money from an estate to help fund their K9 Unit.
Long time Chico resident Virginia Jordan passed away in 2013 leaving a portion of her estate to the Chico Police Department's K9 Unit. Her estate was accepted by the City Council earlier this year.
In August the police department held a testing and selection process to fill a vacant K9 Handler position. Officer Brandon Joseph was selected to fill that position. A 19-month-old K9 named Pax was then selected to be his partner.
Officer Joseph and Pax attended a five week basic K9 handler’s course and graduated this month. Chico PD says that they are now in service and assigned to the patrol division.
Three arrests Sunday afternoon for drugs near an Oroville School. Police took 55 year old James Larabee, 40 year old Steven Woods and 23 year old Kyle Smith into custody on suspicion of drug sales when they were at a trailer park near Stanford Elementary School. Police reportedly found a large amount of drugs, drug paraphernalia, cash and a loaded gun at the location.
The country has been the site of some bit cyberattacks recently-----the one at Sony Pictures, the national pension fund and the possible theft of sub and missile designs at a big defense contractor.
The problem though is CULTURAL. The attacks are not reported because it would mean losing face. The Japanese feel they've failed their duty if they issue a report--they feel ashamed. And the call for greater transparency and alerting authorities runs counter to Japan's culture.
Cybersecurity experts have so far been able to fix problems but they're clearly frustrated by this wall of shame and silence. They're hoping they can make some changes by the time of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020--but it may take financial incentives to get companies to comply.
PARIS (AP) — French police say that an explosive belt — a without detonator — has been found in the southern Paris suburb of Montrouge.
A police official says the belt was found by a street cleaner on Monday in a pile of rubble.
Police are currently analyzing the belt to see if it may have been used in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people, an official for the judicial police said. He could not be named because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities have charged a fourth suspect with terrorism offenses after they detained 16 people on Sunday.
The federal prosecutor said in a statement that the suspect, who was not identified, was charged with "participation in the activities of a terrorist group and a terrorist attack," referring to the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.
Authorities had charged three others with similar offenses last week.
The other 15 people detained on Sunday evening were released.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium says that it will keep its alert at the highest level possible in the capital for now and will maintain its security measures to contain a possible attack at least until Monday.
Prime Minister Charles Michel told reporters that the rest of the nation would stay at the second-highest level.
Even with the alert level this high, Michel said that schools and the subway system would reopen progressively as of Wednesday.
"We do our utmost to keep the situation under control," Michel said after a meeting of the national security council.
Chico police are looking for an armed robbery suspect. A man in dark clothing entered the Starbucks on Forest Avenue and pointed a handgun at employees and allegedly ordered them give him money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money and was seen running southbound direction. Police say the handgun was not fired and no one was injured. Police conducted an area check, but the suspect was not located. The suspect is described as a white male around 5 feet 10 inches tall and around 190 to 200 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the contact the Chico Police Department.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has rebuked President Barack Obama by ignoring his veto threat and approving a Republican bill erecting fresh barriers for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States.
Thursday's passage came on a 289-137 vote — exceeding the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a veto.
The roll call came after White House officials visited the Capitol and lobbied Democrats to oppose the legislation. Dozens of them ended up joining Republicans, anyway, and supporting the measure.
The curbs would in effect suspend the entry of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. for months or years.
Republicans said tighter restrictions are needed following last week's Paris terrorist attacks. Obama and most Democrats said the system was already safe and the U.S. shouldn't abandon its tradition of accepting refugees.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande have talked again about the Paris attacks probe and will discuss how to step up the fight against Islamic State extremists at a White House meeting next week.
The two leaders spoke Thursday by phone while Obama was traveling in the Philippines. The White House says they discussed the latest information about the attacks probe.
Hollande is coming to Washington to meet Tuesday with Obama, then going to Moscow to hold a similar meeting next Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The White House says Obama and Hollande plan to discuss ways to defeat IS and resolve the war in Syria.
PARIS (AP) — French officials still aren't sure exactly how Abdelhamid Abaaoud died.
They're confirming that he died yesterday along with his female cousin in a police raid on an apartment building in suburban Paris.
He was the suspected mastermind of last week's deadly attacks. Authorities haven't spelled out his exact whereabouts or his actions during the deadly rampage.
Three police officials say a woman killed during a raid on an apartment in suburban Paris was his cousin. One official says Hasna Aitboulahcen is believed to have detonated a suicide vest after a brief exchange with police officers.
According to the official, one of the officers asked: "Where is your boyfriend?" and she responded angrily: "He's not my boyfriend!" Then there was an explosion.
The bodies recovered in the raid were badly mangled, with a part of the woman's spine landing on a police car, complicating formal identification.
Here's a case of life imitating art. You many remember that Winnie the Pooh once got his head stuck in a honey jar. Well, in rural Maryland a real black bear got his head stuck inside a milk can.
It happened early Monday morning when a homeowner near Cunningham Falls State Park in Frederick County called wildlife officials to say a bear was on the property with a milk jug stuck on his head. Sure enough, when officials arrived they found the bear lying down with the jug on his head.
They tranquilized him--for safety--he was after all about 190 pounds---a cub--and then sawed the milk can and pulled it off.
The bear was unharmed, and made his way back into the nearby woods.
A fatal motorcycle accident outside Orland may be related to a high speed chase the night before. The body of 20 year old Bailey Vonbargen of Orland was found Tuesday morning near County Roads 27 and double Q just outside Orland. Authorities believe Vonbargen was the same person who led them on a high speed chase Monday night and they think he crashed and died after they lost him. They point to a more than 500 foot skid mark near the fatal crash site as proof he tried to slow down. Authorities say he was almost certainly the one they were chasing Monday night.
Almost a half million dollars has been collected so far from Measure C in Paradise. The measure approved by voters last year imposed a half cent sales tax for public safety. The Citizen's Oversight Committee reports the measure has brought in more than 540 thousand dollars since April First. 14 separate expenditures were made, including a new Investigation Sergeant, 3 police cars and body cameras. The measure is expected to raise about 1 point 1 million dollars a year. It goes away in 6 years.
Authorities say the discovery of a woman's body inside an Oroville home over the weekend is being investigated as a homicide. Butte County Deputy Sheriffs found the body inside a residence on the 600 block of Dunstone Drive about 3:30 Saturday afternoon. Authorities say the woman had been dead for several days. The woman is said to be white, about 160 pounds and about 5 feet 6 inches tall. Anyone with information is urged to call Butte County authorities.
24-year-old Ker Vang was convicted of second degree murder, attempted murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle at his hearing in a Butte County court room Monday.
Vang shot at two different vehicles on Highway 70 in Oroville on October of 2014. Two people were struck by gun fire in the first vehicle. The passenger 19-year-old Jar Lee was killed and the driver 20-year-old Cheng Thao was struck in the cheek.
The two occupants of the second vehicle were unharmed.
Vang told authorities that he thought the victims were from a rival gang. According to the DA's office, none of the victims had any known gang ties.
The Governor has extended an executive order to cut back water usage.
The current water restrictions to cut water usage by 25 percent will expire in February, but with the executive order it will be extended to October of next year if the drought continues into January. However, before the extension is finalized the State Water Resourced Control Board must vote on any changes.
The board wants to hear from the public before the vote. Public comment will end on December 2nd.
The main road to Lassen Park has been closed for the season. The closure came after recent storms brought snow. Visitors can still use north entrance to access the Manzanita Lake area and they can still enter the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center located one mile inside the southwest entrance to the park. Officials at the park advise visitors to be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions and to dress in layers and carry food and water.
Those looking for some winter fun can now find it in Paradise. An ice skating rink opened on the Skyway at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center this past Saturday. The rink is open from 2 pm to 8 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 10 pm on Saturdays.
The rink is subject to closure during rainy weather.
The ice skating rink has been a popular attraction on the Ridge for the past three years. It is funded by admission fees and business sponsorship. Admission is $12 and includes skates.
The ice rink will be open through January 10th.
A panel discussion about the refugee crisis is planned in Chico. The panel discussion will be held at Colusa Hall on the Chico State University campus from 6 to 7:30 pm Tuesday, November 17. It is being presented by the Council of Graduate Students. The panel will consist of Chico State faculty.
Damage from strong winds were reported in Butte County over the weekend.
This weekend's storm brought rain and in some areas there were brief and powerful wind gusts on Saturday. There were reports of several trees down and the roof of a barn was reportedly seen in the middle of the road in the Oroville area.
There were also reports of some minor damage in Durham from the strong winds.
Meanwhile... A rare tornado struck the town of Denair in Central California, tearing roofing and walls, knocking down trees and power lines and damaging gas lines. Yesterday's tornado came as another winter-like storm sweeps California.
Hail and thunderstorms were reported in parts of Northern California and in the Sierra Nevada foothills; rain and strong wind hit parts of the Bay area.
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — President Barack Obama is rejecting the notion that the United States has underestimated the ability of the Islamic State group in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris.
Obama says the danger of the group is the reason the U.S. is operating in Iraq and Syria, and why it has mobilized 65 countries to go after IS.
Obama says one of the challenges of terrorism is to understand that a handful of people who don't mind dying can kill a lot of people.
The president says reducing the territory controlled by the group in Iraq and Syria will reduce the flow of fighters and lessen the threat it poses. He says disrupting the threat requires constant vigilance and communication. Obama spoke at a news conference Monday in Antalya, Turkey.
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — President Barack Obama says putting large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground to combat the threat from the Islamic State would be "a mistake."
He says that's not just his view, but the view of some of his closest military and civilian advisers.
Obama spoke Monday at a news conference in Antalya, Turkey, at the close of a summit of 20 nations. The talks have been overshadowed by Friday's attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people.
The president says the fight against the Islamic State terrorist threat requires participation of the people in Iraq and Syria to push back against ideological extremes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers may try to use must-pass government spending legislation to block President Barack Obama's plans to increase the number of Syrian refugees entering the U.S.
Pressure to do so follows Friday's deadly attacks in Paris.
Congress is facing a Dec. 11 deadline to approve a spending bill to keep the government running. Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama released a letter on Monday saying the legislation should require congressional approval for the president's refugee resettlement plans and the money needed to carry them out.
New House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin tells conservative talk host Bill Bennett on Monday that he's looking at all options.
In September the White House announced plans to accept an additional 10,000 refugees from Syria, with no congressional approval needed.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In the aftermath of Friday's attacks in Paris, several U.S. governors are threatening to block efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today ordered his state's refugee resettlement program not to accept any more Syrians. And he's urging the White House to scrap federal plans to accept more Syrian refugees into the country.
Fellow Republican Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama said yesterday he would refuse Syrian refugees relocating to the state, since it would put citizens "in harm's way."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — a GOP presidential contender — said he wants more information from the White House "in hopes that the night of horror in Paris is not duplicated here." He's demanding to know how many Syrian refugees have been resettled in his state.
In Arkansas, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson tweeted a statement today, saying he opposes Syrian refugees being relocated to his state.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder had been welcoming refugees to Michigan, which has a large Arab-American population. But he said yesterday that the state is postponing efforts to accept refugees until federal officials fully review security procedures and clearances.
The governors are responding to heightened concerns that terrorists might use the refugees as cover to sneak across borders.
The Eiffel Tower, which dimmed its lights in mourning following Friday's attacks in Paris, will be relit in red, white and blue. The 116-year-old international symbol of Paris will light up in the colors of the French flag this evening.
Monuments around the world have done the same in recent days in a show of sympathy with Paris, including the Sydney Opera House, Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue. The tower reopened to visitors this afternoon.
Pot could be legal in New Jersey, but not if the Governor has any say. The Federal-State conflict over legal marijuana may take a unique twist in New Jersey. Monday New Jersey lawmakers hold a hearing to consider legalizing marijuana.
The state could be the fifth to enact a law legalizing pot for recreational use. But there's one big problem: Governor Chris Christie. The Republican is running for President and has vowed to crush efforts to make pot legal. He's already said he'd use federal law for marijuana prosecutions in states where it has been legalized.
Some say Monday's hearing is the first step in the process of finally reversing our punitive marijuana laws. The most recent statistics tell the usual tale that African Americans are almost three times more likely to be arrested than if they're white.
But overshadowing everything is the tough talk and tough presence of Governor Christie.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is promising to release documents he says will prove his claim that China is involved in Syria's civil war.
The Obama administration and foreign policy experts maintain that there is no evidence for Carson's statement.
Carson says on Friday that he's "surprised my sources are better than theirs." Carson says he would share his documentation with the White House before the weekend is over. He gave no further details.
Carson alleged in Tuesday's GOP debate that Russia, China and "all kinds of factions" are involved in the Syrian war.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice suggested on Thursday that China could have a diplomatic presence, but said she's "not seen any evidence of Chinese military involvement in Syria."
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump isn't backing away from his criticism of rival Ben Carson's biography after a highly charged speech on Thursday night.
Trump's campaign released an online video on Friday that continues to question Carson's account of trying to stab a friend when he was young.
"Violent criminal? Or pathological liar?" it asks. "We don't need either as president."
Trump has appeared baffled by Carson's rise in opinion surveys.
The soft-spoken retired neurosurgeon has closed in on Trump's early lead in many polls.
VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Vienna for a critical international diplomatic meeting on the crisis in Syria.
Kerry is to see the foreign ministers of Turkey and Saudi Arabia as well as the U.N. special envoy for Syria on Friday evening ahead of broader talks with top diplomats from roughly 20 nations on Saturday.
They are hoping to plot a way forward for a cease-fire and political transition in Syria to end the country's devastating war but must overcome deep differences to do so.
The meetings come amid new pushes against Islamic State group extremists in Syria and Iraq.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military spokesman Steve Warren says officials are "reasonably certain" they have killed the Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John with a Hellfire missile fired from a drone.
Warren says the world is better off without the man believed to have beheaded several Western hostages, whom the spokesman referred to as a human animal. Warren says the operation was one in a string of targeted attacks on Islamic State leaders.
He says the U.S. has killed one mid- to upper-level ISIL leader every two days since May.
New York state is the latest setback for Fan Duels and Draft Kings. The Attorney General there said daily fantasy sports IS illegal gambling and both companies must cease and desist. The AG said they're guilty of a multi billion dolllar scheme to evade the law and fleece sports fans across the country.
But the sites counter the AG wants publicity and they've done nothing wrong or illegal. The two sites have come under increasing scrutiny since a multimillion dollar ad campaign before the football season. They've showered states like New York with ads and luxury boxes and some sports moguls have even invested in the sites.
Nevada has already said it's gambling and now other states and a Federal Grand Jury are looking into the matter.
The central issue centers around fantasy sports wagering being skill or chance? Draft Kings and Fan Duel say it's skill--critics say it's chance or luck. As one official says, if I call tails and flip a coin and it comes up tails, is that skill or luck?
A Deputy Sheriff in Shasta County is without several guns and some gear after an apparent theft Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Authorities say the thief broke into the deputy's personal car and took a rifle and two handguns along with the deputy's duty belt which had handcuffs, pepper spray and a baton. An internal investigation is underway to see if the deputy properly secured his gear inside his car. In the meantime, anyone who has more information can contact Shasta County authorities.
A security guard patroling the 2100 block of the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway near Evan's Furniture reportedly found a man's body around 4:30 pm Tuesday. Chico police say that they do not yet know the man's identity and if he was homeless or not. The Butte County Coroner's Office will look into the cause of death, but authorities do NOT believe that the man's death is suspicious.
Reports indicate 67-year-old Robert Ray was crossing Victor Avenue in his wheelchair near Cypress Avenue outside of the cross walk area when he was struck by a Toyota Prius driving southbound around 5:15 pm on Wednesday.
The driver of the Prius, 72-year-old Jennings Heywood told police that she didn't know what she had hit. Heywood's car was then hit from behind by another vehicle as she was slowing down.
Police say that Ray was dressed in dark clothing and was hard to see in the dark. He suffered major injuries and was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol.
Authorities continue an investigation into a fatal officer involved shooting in Chico. The incident happened when Chico police were conducting surveillance at a home on the 600 block of Pomona Avenue on Tuesday where they believed a suspect in at least two armed robberies was staying.
The suspect reportedly came out of the house with two other people before 1:30 pm. According to police, he approached the officers with his gun allegedly aimed at them. One of the officers reportedly fired 3 rounds at the suspect. Officers performed CPR on the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
No one else was reported injured.
Authorities say they allegedly found a loaded semi-automatic weapon with the safety off on the suspect's body. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is stressing the need to review the unconventional monetary policies that central banks around the world deployed in response to the 2008 global financial crisis.
She says the post-crisis period offers policymakers an opportunity to assess the effectiveness of the tools and better understand the impact of new regulation.
Yellen's remarks, which came at the opening of a two-day research conference sponsored by the Fed, did not address current economic conditions or future policy moves by the Fed.
Last week, Yellen said that an interest rate hike at the Fed's next meeting in December was a "live possibility." The Fed has kept its benchmark rate at a record low near zero for the past seven years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is congratulating democracy crusader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) for the success of her opposition party in Myanmar's historic elections.
Suu Kyi's party was on the verge of victory Thursday with results from Sunday's parliamentary elections still coming in.
The White House says in a phone call Wednesday night, Obama commended Suu Kyi for "her tireless efforts and sacrifice over so many years" to promote a peaceful, democratic Myanmar. The two talked about the importance of all parties respecting the election results once announced in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
Obama also called President Thein Sein to congratulate Burma on its success in conducting the election and the importance of respecting the outcome. The former general has led Myanmar's military-backed government for five years.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian track federation says it will partially admit to the charges leveled against it by the World Anti-Doping Agency commission as it bids to keep its place in competition.
Federation president Vadim Zelichenok says Russia has prepared a response to the sport's governing body, whose council is due to decide Friday on whether to suspend Russia. That could open the door to exclusion from next year's Olympics.
Zelichenok says that in the response "we admit some things, we argue with some things, some are already fixed, it's a variety," but declined to provide further details, saying "it's not for the press."
Russia will be represented at the IAAF vote, which will take place via conference call, by Mikhail Butov, who is both the federation's general secretary and also an IAAF council member.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish officials in Iraq say their forces now control a highway that is one of the most active supply lines for the Islamic State group.
The officials say the fighters, with the backing of U.S.-led airstrikes, launched a major assault today in hopes of retaking a strategic town that the militants overran last year.
Today's advance isolates members of the Islamic State group in the town of Sinjar from militant strongholds in Syria and northern Iraq.Iraqi Kurds say they've cut one of the Islamic State group's most important supply routes.
RIMON, Jordan (AP) — Thousands of mourners have chanted "Death to America, Death to Israel" during the funeral of a Jordanian police captain who killed five people, including two American instructors, in a shooting rampage at a police training center this week.
It remains unclear if the shooter had political or personal motives. Anwar Abu Zaid's family has argued that he was both a victim and a martyr" for killing Americans.
His brother Fadi led about 3,000 marchers in Thursday's funeral procession. Fadi accused the government of trying cover up Monday's events at the training center, and demanded that security camera footage be released.
Jordan's government has said little about the shooting. The incident has raised questions about the kingdom's image as an island of relative stability in a turbulent region.
Officers were watching a home on the 600 block of Pomona Avenue were the suspect was believed to be staying around 12:30 pm Tuesday. An hour later the man reportedly walked out of the house and when officers confronted him gun shots allegedly rang out.
Authorities say that the man was killed. No one else was reported injured.
A loaded semi-automatic handgun with the safety off was found on the man's body. The suspect, who has not been identified yet, was believed to be connected to at least two armed robberies reportedly at the Jackpot Food Mart on West 6th Street last Thursday and the Chevron Gas Station on Nord Avenue hours later.
Three or four other people were reportedly with the man. They were questioned and released.
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as per protocol while the investigation is underway.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — There are noticeably fewer people walking around the University of Missouri's Columbia campus despite the early-morning arrest of a man suspected of posting online threats against black students and faculty.
The campus green where crowds protested against the administration's handling of racial issues was devoid of students Wednesday morning.
Freshman communication sciences and disorders major Megan Grazman said she was heading to class and felt safe, but that it was clear many students weren't. She said, "There's nobody out. It's a ghost town."
Sean Ficken, who has one black parent and one white one, said he's not worried but is being more vigilant than usual.
University police arrested a 19-year-old man early Wednesday suspected of posting anonymous threats online about shooting black people.
Two men in town for business rented a room at the Motel 6 on Manzanita Court and while talking inside they had left the door ajar before 1:30 am Saturday.
Four people entered the room with firearms and one of the suspects allegedly fired a gun striking one of the men on his head. Police say the bullet glanced off the victim's skull and did not cause any serious injury. The suspects fled the scene before officers arrived.
Witnesses described the suspects as two Hispanic males and two females between 20 and 30 years of age. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.
MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A lawyer says body camera video shows the father of a 6-year-old autistic boy who was shot to death in his car had his hands in the air and did not pose a threat before police opened fire last week.
Mark Jeansonne is the attorney for Chris Few, who was seriously wounded when local marshals in the town of Marksville opened fire. His 6-year-old, Jeremy Mardis, was strapped into his seatbelt in the front passenger seat.
Jeansonne said "this was not a threatening situation for the police."
Jeansonne spoke with The Associated Press after a closed hearing for the two marshals, now jailed on $1 million bond. Thirty-two-year-old Derrick Stafford of Mansura and 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr., of Marksville each is charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
State police declined to comment on the video, citing the ongoing investigation.
Burn permits are no longer needed in Butte County. Effective at 8 AM this morning, Cal Fire has lifted the burn permit suspension in the county. Nevertheless, property owners are urged to use caution because even though cooler temperatures and some rain have helped, the Northstate is still in its fourth year of drought and conditions are unusually dry. They urge using caution in all burning and to follow all guidelines.
A man who once worked as a teacher's aide in Oroville gets 24 years for molesting children at the school.
55-year-old Youlee Vang was already convicted last spring of molesting four children while working at Poplar Avenue School in Oroville. Thursday he was sentenced.
The investigation began back in 2011 when a student told authorities Vang repeatedly molested her over a two year period in a classroom. Three more victims eventually came forward as well.
Vang was reportedly arrested at his new place of residence in Alaska. Besides the prison sentence, he'll be required to register as a sex offender for life.
One State Official is tackling an old problem in a new way. State Equalization Board Chairman Jerome Horton will host a townhall meeting at 1 PM Friday on the Medical Cannabis Industry.
People can take part online or by telephone. The actual meeting will be in Los Angeles, but people can log in online or call an 888 number at 888-847-9652.
Those who take part will learn about the various measures affecting medical cannabis and can talk with state officials about the issue.
A fire and an explosion lead to the arrest of an Oroville man for the reported making of butane honey oil.
Authorities responded to the 53 hundred block of Walmer Road in Oroville about 8 PM Tuesday for a possible marijuana butane honey oil lab explosion.
There they arrested 28-year-old Isaiah Rutherford of Oroville for the alleged manufacturing the oil in a small bathroom inside the house.
There were reportedly 4 adults and 7 children at the residence at the time. The children were turned over to Butte County's Children's Services.
Rutherford reportedly suffered injuries during the explosion that were treated at a local hospital.
Two key Northstate Water Reservoirs have again achieved a dubious distinction--they're near record level lows.
That's true for Lake Oroville, which is the state's main reservoir, and Shasta Lake, which is the primary holder of Federal Water.
The latest figures show Lake Oroville is reportedly only at 28 percent of capacity, which is close to last year's low water level at this time of 904 thousand acre feet. The lake is capable of holding 3 and a half million acre feet.
Shasta Lake, meanwhile, is only at 31 percent of capacity.
Both lakes dropped to record lows in 1977.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his newly appointed spokesman has apologized for a series of insulting comments about President Barack Obama and other public figures.
Netanyahu said in a statement Thursday that Ron Baratz had asked "to clear the air," and that the two men would meet after Netanyahu returns from an upcoming trip to the U.S.
Netanyahu announced the appointment Wednesday. Facebook posts then emerged in which Baratz suggested that Obama is anti-Semitic and that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry should be a stand-up comic.
Netanyahu said the posts do not reflect his personal opinions.
LONDON (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says British experts looked at security at Sharm el-Sheikh airport 10 months ago and were "happy" with what they found.
El-Sissi says British teams conducted the checks at London's request. But he says Egypt is "completely ready to cooperate with all of our friends" on ensuring the safety of foreign tourists.
The U.K. grounded all flights to and from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Wednesday, saying information suggested a Russian airliner that crashed Saturday may have been downed by a bomb.
Britain's action was condemned as premature by Egyptian officials, and overshadowed el-Sissi's official visit to London.
Speaking after a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in 10 Downing St., el-Sissi said the two countries were "working intensively together in a spirit of close co-operation ... to address this and get back to normal as soon as possible."
FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — There may be more trouble ahead for the family of an Illinois police officer who authorities say killed himself after embezzling money for years from a youth program he oversaw.
An official who's been briefed on the investigation says authorities are now looking at the wife and son of Lt. Charles Gliniewicz (GLIHN'-uh-wihts) -- who allegedly stole thousands of dollars over the course of seven years. His wife helped him run the youth program.
Authorities who had investigated the officer's death as a homicide announced yesterday that it was, in fact, a suicide -- and that he had tried to make it appear he had been killed in a confrontation with several suspects.
A Chico Man is behind bars and facing numerous charges of fraud and embezzlement related to a hunting club.
Jack Adee faces the charges for up to 20 years of fraudulent activities at the Dye Creek Hunting Club in Tehama County. Investigators say Adee stole money and failed to deliver on promises of hunting rights to the club.
Most recently he was picked up on charges he embezzled about 200 thousand dollars, and there may be other victims.
Anyone who's had financial dealings with him is urged to contact Butte County authorities.
MERCED, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect stabbed five people on a university campus in central California before police shot and killed him.
University of California, Merced, spokeswoman Lorena Anderson said Wednesday that two of the victims were taken by helicopter to hospitals for treatment. She said the three other victims were treated locally.
Anderson says the school remains on lockdown and classes have been canceled for the day.
Officials say the stabbings occurred shortly before 8 a.m.
The rural school is about 120 miles south of Sacramento.
The Chico City Council has given Paradise the go ahead to explore an option to connect to Chico's sewer services.
The council voted 5 to 2 in favor of the exploration plan at Tuesday's meeting. For years, Paradise officials have toyed with the idea that they could connect to Chico's Wastewater Plant and avoid having to build a plant of their own.
The Town of Paradise can't expand unless it has sewage disposal in place.
The City of Chico will not be responsible for funding the project and for any environmental studies connected to the exploration.
A grant is being awarded to a Butte County landowner to help clear his property.
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has given over $100,000 in grants to Butte, Placer, and King Counties to fund cleanup efforts at illegal dump sites.
Butte County received almost 29 thousand dollars to help a landowner of a property on Hell Town Road east of Chico. Scrap metal, solid waste, nine motor homes and over 40 cars have already been removed.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators have positively identified the wreckage found 15,000 feet deep in the sea as that of the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday on Twitter that the survey of the area will continue.
The ship sank in about 15,000 feet of water Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin with 33 people aboard east of the Bahamas. No survivors were found.
The NTSB says sonar indicates the ship landed upright, which could help crews recover the ship's data record, or "black box."
The agency says the U.S. Navy is continuing to survey the area around the wreckage.
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