FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican mayor of the California city of Fresno has decided not to run for the United States Senate.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/17G4mnT ) and Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1G3mEhA ) reported Saturday that Mayor Ashley Swearengin will not seek the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2016.
Advisor Tim Clark says Swearengin will tell supporters this weekend.
BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God.
Churches, synagogues and mosques report attendance is down at services, as many storms have hit around weekends. That means donations are drying up as costs for snow removal, heating and maintenance are soaring.
The bad weather has prompted religious leaders to look for creative ways to...
WYCKOFF, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to child endangerment after his pregnant girlfriend's 9-month-old accidentally ingested heroin last year.
The Record (http://bit.ly/1JWedrc) reports that 26-year-old Mark Tomat, of Mahwah, told a judge that he and his girlfriend had heroin at her Wyckoff home in February 2014. Shortly after he left the home, he learned that her son had ingested the drug.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Parents who want to maintain the right to refuse vaccinations for their children are mounting a strong fight against an Oregon bill that takes aim at the state's highest-in-the-nation rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions.
The measure would eliminate personal, religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccine requirements. If the bill becomes law, Oregon would follow West Virginia and Mississippi in passing such legislation.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The gondola of the decommissioned Spirit of Goodyear blimp has landed at its new home in a Cleveland historical society exhibit.
The 3,400-pound gondola was built in 1982 and was also used on two earlier blimps, the America and Stars & Stripes. After the Spirit of Goodyear was retired a year ago, Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. donated the gondola to the Western Reserve Historical Society's Crawford Auto Aviation Collection....
WASHINGTON (AP) — California lawmakers and interest groups are ramping up efforts to win national-monument designation for four scenic vistas in the state, from vast stretches of the Mojave Desert to redwood stands along the Pacific Coast Highway to canyons and mountains near wine country.
The national monuments designation typically takes lands already owned by the government and walls them off from new mining and roads. Recreational activities such as hiking and...