Second flight loaded with Texas migrants lands in Sacramento

By Tran Nguyen and Olga R. Rodriguez | Associated Press SACRAMENTO — The state of Florida picked up asylum-seekers on the Texas border Monday and took them by private jet to California’s capital city at taxpayer expense for the second time in four days, California officials said, prompting allegations that migrants were misled and catching shelters and aid workers by surprise. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials were mum, as they were initially last year when they flew 49 Venezuelan migrants to the upscale Massachusetts enclave of Martha’s Vineyard, luring them onto private jets from a shelter in San Antonio. As California Attorney General Rob Bonta investigated the migrants’ transportation, local officials and faith-based groups sought to provide housing, food and other resources to the more than three dozen new arrivals. Most are from Colombia and Venezuela, and California had not been their intended destination. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, meanwhile, lashed out at DeSantis as a “small, pathetic man” and suggested the state could pursue kidnapping charges. And as the migrants arrived in California, a Texas sheriff’s office announced Monday it has recommended

Lawyer: Santos will go to jail rather than reveal donors

By Michael R. Sisak | Associated Press NEW YORK — Rep. George Santos’ lawyer said Monday the indicted New York Republican would risk going to jail to protect the identities of the people who cosigned the $500,000 bond enabling his pretrial release. The lawyer, Joseph Murray, urged a judge to deny a request by news outlets to unseal the names of Santos’ bond suretors, suggesting they could “suffer great distress,” including possible job losses and physical harm, if they’re identified publicly. “My client would rather surrender to pretrial detainment than subject these suretors to what will inevitably come,” Murray wrote in a letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Anne Shields. Murray asked that she give them time to withdraw as cosignors if she decides to unseal the suretors’ names, which Shields kept off the public court docket at the lawyer’s request. Murray said he, Santos and Santos’ staff have been receiving threatening and harassing calls and messages, including death threats. The lawyer said he received a call Friday from someone shouting, “Who paid Santos’ bond?” and said he worries Santos’ critics “are just waiting to pounce”

San Jose man arrested in connection with Pacifica robbery

PACIFICA – Authorities have arrested a 39-year-old San Jose man in connection with a strong-arm robbery in Pacifica. The incident was reported around 10:45 p.m. Friday at the Linda Mar Shopping Center, near Highway 1 and Linda Mar Boulevard, the Pacifica Police Department said in a statement Monday. The man tried to steal a shopping cart full of goods and assaulted an employee who tried to stop him, according to police. He then left the area in a black BMW but not before the employee, who was not injured, took pictures of the man and the car, police said. Around 1:25 p.m. Saturday, officers found the man and the car at the same shopping center and arrested him. Officers also arrested a 33-year-old San Jose woman who was with him. She was wanted on warrants and was found with fentanyl, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to police. The pair was booked into San Mateo County jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. In addition, the man was booked on a charge of strong-arm robbery and

Oklahoma board OKs taxpayer-funded religious school

By Sean Murphy | Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A state school board in Oklahoma voted Monday to approve what would be the first publicly funded religious school in the nation, despite a warning from the state’s attorney general that the decision was unconstitutional. The Statewide Virtual Charter School Board voted 3-2 to approve the application by the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma to establish the St. Isidore of Seville Virtual Charter School. The online public charter school would be open to students across the state in kindergarten through grade 12. Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond had warned the board that such a decision clearly violated the Oklahoma Constitution. “The approval of any publicly funded religious school is contrary to Oklahoma law and not in the best interest of taxpayers,” Drummond said in a statement shortly after the board’s vote. “It’s extremely disappointing that board members violated their oath in order to fund religious schools with our tax dollars. In doing so, these members have exposed themselves and the state to potential legal action that could be costly.” The Archdiocese of Oklahoma said in the “vision

Kurtenbach: The question isn’t what the Warriors want to do this offseason — it’s what they can do

Amid a critical offseason for the Golden State Warriors, there’s an essential distinction for fans to make: It’s not what the Warriors want to do with their roster this summer. It’s what they can do. It’s fun to imagine moves the Warriors can make to put the team in a better position to win a fifth title under Steve Kerr and Steph Curry. I’ve spent plenty of mental bandwidth on the subject. I’ve even written some of it down. But, as is often the case, reality is far more limited than one’s imagination. And with the Warriors, there are layers of restrictions in place that lead me to believe that this offseason will leave the team in a significantly similar place as they are now.. The first limitation is that the Warriors lack an appointed top decision-maker in basketball operations. That’s a big deal when you’re trying to make big deals. Related Articles Golden State Warriors | Steve Kerr, Draymond Green on Bob Myers’ decision to leave Warriors: ‘We’re going to miss him’ Golden State Warriors | Steve Kerr drops heavy hint about Warriors’ playoff

Mets DFA catcher Tomas Nido to make room for Omar Narvaez

The Mets’ roster crunch has finally arrived, and it has resulted in a tough decision to part ways with a homegrown catcher. The Mets reinstated Omar Narvaez from the 60-day injured list Monday and designated Tomas Nido for assignment in a corresponding transaction. This means the Mets are rolling with Narvaez, who signed with the club as a free agent over the winter, and rookie backstop Francisco Alvarez for the foreseeable future. Alvarez has forced his way onto the roster with his bat, hitting .292 with seven home runs, 17 RBI and a 1.029 OPS in the month of May. His eight total home runs are tied for the fourth-most among all qualified rookies. His defense has also improved, with Alvarez making some key plays on the basepaths and gaining the respect of the pitching staff behind the plate. The plan was to go with Nido and Narvaez this season to be able to give Alvarez time to develop in Triple-A. But the Mets called up the 21-year-old Alvarez after Narvaez strained his left calf in the second road series of the season in Milwaukee.Nido

Mother of 6-year-old who shot teacher to plead guilty

By Laura Ly and Sara Smart | CNN The mother of a 6-year-old boy who brought a gun to school and shot his first-grade teacher in January in Newport News, Virginia, will plead guilty to new federal felony charges as part of a deal with prosecutors, her attorney said Monday. Deja Taylor, the 26-year-old mother, was charged with unlawful use of a controlled substance while possessing a firearm and with making a false statement while purchasing the firearm, specifically a semiautomatic handgun, the federal complaint states. Her attorney, James Ellenson, said Taylor’s guilty plea was an “agreed procedure which eliminated the need for the government to take the case to a grand jury.” “Our action follows very constructive negotiations we had with federal authorities. The terms of the agreement, which we believe to be fair to all parties, will be disclosed when we enter the guilty plea,” Ellenson said. In addition to the federal charges, Taylor has been indicted on state charges of felony child neglect and one count of recklessly leaving a firearm to endanger a child. The federal charges come about five months

One hospitalized after chemical leak at Safeway in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG — One person went by ambulance to a hospital Monday, and a hazardous-materials team was called following the leak of a substance at a Safeway, officials said. Fire crews and paramedics were dispatched to the store on Bailey Road about noon, according to social-media posts from the Contra Costa Fire Protection District. Authorities evacuated the store. The district said crews later determined the leaked substance to be freon, a non-combustible gas that’s used as a refrigerant to produce cold air. An employee who was having trouble breathing was taken to a hospital, according to fire officials. There was no information immediately available on the employee’s condition. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | San Jose motorcyclist dies after collision with truck Crime and Public Safety | Fiery crash after East Bay car chase leaves multiple people injured Crime and Public Safety | Death toll from India train accident climbs to more than 200 Crime and Public Safety | Body of California woman among those found near submerged Alaska boat Crime and Public Safety | Woman disappears from Sierra swimming hole God’s Bath

Buffalo Bills break ground on new stadium as Gov. Hochul hails unpopular $1.5B project

Gov. Hochul joined NFL and upstate officials at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the new Buffalo Bills stadium, a polarizing taxpayer-funded project that Gov. Hochul declared would benefit New Yorkers “for decades to come.” Many New Yorkers have gritted their teeth at the gridiron venture, which is expected to cost some $1.5 billion, including $600 million in state funds. Sixty-three percent of New York voters disapproved of the spending deal, compared with 24% in favor, in a Siena survey conducted last spring after the agreement was brokered. But Hochul said the plan — which appears even more unpopular upstate than downstate — would prove a long-term boon to the Buffalo region, driving economic development. “I was not going to be the first governor in the State of New York to lose a team: the Buffalo Bills,” Hochul, a Buffalo native and avid Bills fan, said at the celebratory groundbreaking. The Bills are New York’s only NFL team — the New York Giants and Jets play at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The Bills had threatened to move if New York State did not provide funding

Stanford softball’s season ends in extra-innings WCWS loss to juggernaut Oklahoma

The Stanford softball team nearly ended the longest winning streak in NCAA softball history. But Oklahoma slugger Tiare Jennings’ two-run double in the top of the ninth was the difference in the Sooners’ 4-2 win, extending the No. 1 seed’s winning streak to 51 games and ending Stanford’s season in the Women’s College World Series semifinals. Stanford’s freshman sensation NiJaree Canady pitched her way out of trouble several times in the late innings and gave the Cardinal hitters a chance to win the game, which Stanford nearly did in the eighth. But after a first-and-second, nobody-out rally in the eighth didn’t result in a walk-off hit, the Sooners broke the tie in the ninth when Jennings hit a Canady curveball to right-center for a two-run double. The game-winning hit sends the Sooners to their fourth-consecutive WCWS Finals and keeps their chance at a three-peat alive. The loss means all three of Stanford’s trips to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series have ended in the semifinals (2001, 2004). Playing as the home team, the No. 9 seed Stanford (47-15) got on the board when

R.I.P. Dave FM: Here is the final song that the radio station played

Since 2021, Dave FM had been proudly peddling its brand of “Totally Random Radio” to Bay Area listeners at 105.3 FM on the dial. And it all came to an end on Monday when Live 105 made its much anticipated return to that spot on the dial after a six-year absence. Dave wasn’t so random in its last moments, leaning heavily toward classic rock during its final batch of songs. Although there was one surprise in the mix. Here are the final four songs in descending order: 4, “Life in the Fast Lane” Not sure if programmers were thinking that live-fast-die-young theme served as a good summary for this short-lived radio station. Or perhaps the were just Eagles fans. (Probably the latter.) Related Articles Music | Live 105 is back and this is the first song that the radio station played Music | Cindy Blackman Santana visits SFJAZZ Center, Blue Note Napa Music | Live 105 returns to the airwaves on Monday, while Dave FM goes bye-bye Music | Review: The funniest man in rock ‘n’ roll delights Bay Area crowd Music | Rufus Wainwright

The Glen in Granite Bay by Blue Mountain receives rave reviews

Blue Mountain Communities’ newest neighborhood, The Glen in Granite Bay, recently opened to rave reviews. Tucked into this charming suburb, northeast of Sacramento near Folsom Lake, The Glen offers a lifestyle balanced with city conveniences, outdoor recreation and a nationally top-rated school district. Blue Mountain Communities adds enhanced features to the new single- and two-story homes at The Glen in Granite Bay. This addition to their spectacular lineup of premium locations is now selling from the $800,000s.  “We were excited to unveil our new model and Enhanced Features Specifications at The Glen,” comments Joe Klusnick, director of marketing, Blue Mountain Communities. “Home shoppers remark at the impressive level of detail and value each home will include.” With features such as 20 mil vapor barrier beneath the foundation, two-by-six walls and full sheer wrap of exterior walls, as opposed to many builders’ standard of only wrapping sections, these homes are more structurally sound and offer greater peace of mind. Though many Enhanced Features are “behind the walls,” Blue Mountain has elevated many of the components you will see and interact with daily. Full jamb and case

Pac-12 basketball: USC remains the frontrunner in our revised projections for 2023-24, but there’s movement below

In what might be viewed as a gigantic upset given the sinking multi-year trajectory, the Pac-12’s outlook for the 2023-24 season improved substantially during the barrage of offseason roster maneuverings. The top of the conference looks far stronger than it did six weeks ago, when NBA Draft decisions and transfer portal moves were in their infancy. At this point, it’s far easier to envision at least four teams contending for the regular-season title and advancing to the 2024 NCAA Tournament. While additional roster moves are inevitable over the coming weeks, they will likely be sporadic. Rotations are approaching final form. Our revised projections for the conference race … 1. USC The Trojans solidified their frontrunner status with a stellar spring in which DJ Rodman joined the program from Washington State and five-star recruit Bronny James offered a hard commitment. Add that duo to a rotation featuring all-conference returnee Boogie Ellis and guard Isaiah Collier, the nation’s No. 1 recruit — not to mention several long-armed defenders — and the end result is arguably the strongest overall roster of the Andy Enfield era. But with LeBron

‘Blanket training’: Duggar family documentary shows harsh way babies taught obedience

It’s hard to know which is the worst thing that reality TV parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are shown doing to their 19 children in the explosive four-part documentary, “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets,” which premiered on Amazon Prime over the weekend. Was it the Duggars’ choice to impose a rigid and controlling form of Christian fundamentalism on their children, particularly on their daughters? Was it the couple’s decision to essentially cover up their oldest son’s admitted molestation of multiple girls, including his own sisters, when he was teenager? Or was it their alleged exploitation of their children’s private lives, with their TLC show, “19 Kids and Counting,” in order to be become rich, famous and influential in conservative circles? There’s so much to choose from when it comes to the outwardly happy and wholesome Duggar family and Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s loyalty to the ultraconservative Christian organization, the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). The documentary argues that the Duggars raised their children in a patriarchal cult, where harsh parenting practices and a culture that emphasizes obedience to male authority figures

The search for a new Gerber baby has begun

Ebony Williams | (TNS) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Do you have the cutest baby in the world? If so, they could be the next Gerber baby. Back in 1928, Gerber held a contest to find an image to represent the brand and promote the then-new idea of specialized baby food. The winning illustration, by artist Dorothy Hope Smith, has appeared on Gerber products ever since. Sine 2010, Gerber has held an annual photo submission contest to select a new Gerber Baby for the coming year. This year, Gerber invites parents to share their own childhood photos too in order to honor their “Gerber Baby Days.” “This year’s program honors the full-circle journey from baby to parent in a fun way, uniquely connecting parents with their little ones,” said Angela Madlangbayan, vice president of marketing at Gerber, in the release. “Each year we are blown away by all the submissions and look forward to supporting parents and caregivers who are nurturing this next generation.” The judges will base their search on compelling stories and memorable baby expressions. Here’s what to know before submitting: — Baby must be

Prince Harry irks judge by skipping first day of trial for daughter’s 2nd birthday party

Prince Harry was accused of wasting the court’s time in his phone-hacking lawsuit against a tabloid newspaper, and left the judge overseeing his case “visibly irritated” because he did not show up for the first day of his trial, as the judge had instructed him. The Duke of Sussex had been ordered by the judge to be present in the High Court in London Monday, in the expectation that the court would be ready for him to start testifying Monday afternoon against the publisher of the Daily Mirror, the London Times, Telegraph and Guardian all reported. Instead, Harry left California Sunday evening — Monday morning in the U.K. — having the spent Sunday celebrating the second birthday of his daughter, Princess Lilibet Diana, at his and Meghan Markle’s home in Montecito, his attorney, David Sherborne told the court. In expressing concern that the duke failed to appear, Mr Justice Fancourt, the trial judge, said, “I am a little surprised that (despite) the direction I gave . . . that the first witness (Harry) is not going to be available.” Fancourt said he expected that Harry could

Oregon Travels: 12 awesome things to do in Bend, from museums to brewery hopping

I was sitting at a picnic table by a crackling fire pit at the Midtown Yacht Club, one of the Bend area’s lively neighborhood “tap yards.” There aren’t any yachts here, but there’s a lively food truck scene and a busy taphouse full of locals. As I enjoyed a plate of Middle Eastern food truck fare, sipped an IPA and surveyed the backyard party scene, I realized nearly everyone around me — adults, kids and even a couple of pooches— was clad in plaid. It was like a Grateful Dead show for the lumberjack set. I felt out of place in basic fleece, but a poster on the side of a food truck provided an explanation: It was a one-day Flannel Fest, a fundraising celebration of lumberjack chic. Welcome to Oregon, partner. Best known for an abundance of outdoor activities — fly fishing, white-water rafting, biking, canoeing, camping and golf — Bend also boasts a plethora of art and cultural attractions, eateries and more brewpubs, breweries and beer gardens than humanly possible to visit. Here’s a sampling of what I discovered during my recent, very

New cookbook’s ode to early morning baking is a sweet treat

By Joy Summers, Star Tribune When the sky blooms from lavender to pink, and the sun chases away the last vestiges of cold, that’s when Sarah Kieffer finds her inspiration. “There is a calm and stillness, both outside and in, that can be found in the early hours,” she said. “Baking in the morning, when the day has just begun, is something I love.” With her fourth cookbook, Kieffer has penned a full ode to her literary love of early morning baking. “100 Morning Treats” (Chronicle Books, $27.50) is peppered with quotes from great writers like Mary Oliver and Lewis Carroll as it delivers recipes for tried-and-true classics with fresh verve and perspective. Instead of giving us another carrot cake recipe, she turns convention on its side and winds it up into a massive cinnamon roll, drizzled with cream cheese icing. Savory breakfasts are popped onto a sheet pan for weekend ease. Banana bread gets the scone treatment, and there’s even a breakfast cookie that’s made with whole wheat, rye, dried nuts, chocolate and sesame seeds. This is a cookbook for lovers of early mornings

Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith sells Wilmette home for $1.3M

Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith and his son, Matt, in April sold a four-bedroom, 2,906-square-foot house in Wilmette for $1.27 million. The house was not the residence of Lovie Smith, who until earlier this year was the head coach of the Houston Texans. However, he and his son paid $820,000 for the house in late 2020. They placed the house on the market in February for $1.25 million and sold it in April for an amount that was above its asking price. Built in 1957, the house has 3-1/2 bathrooms, three fireplaces, hardwood floors on the first floor, wool carpets upstairs, a recently renovated kitchen with an island, an en-suite primary bedroom with a large walk-in closet and a basement with a rec room and an area that has been dug out. Listing agent Kelly Maggio declined to comment on the sale. However, Smith and his son previously owned another house on the exact same street, which they had bought in 2010 for $455,000 and sold in 2013 for $630,000. The primary residence for Smith, who was the Bears’ head coach from 2004

Road rage blamed in crash that killed couple driving with Porsche club

A couple out for a Sunday drive with a Porsche club was killed when a driver involved in a road rage incident lost control of his pickup truck and hit their car, a sheriff’s office in Utah said. The crash was reported around 12:30 p.m. Sunday on Highway 73 about 20 miles northwest of Provo, Utah. The road rage conflict had started several minutes earlier in the city of Eagle Mountain: A Ford F-150 pickup reportedly pulled out in front of a Nissan Maxima near the rodeo grounds, and the Nissan’s driver expressed his disapproval, said an account from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Both vehicles continued north on Eagle Mountain Boulevard for 3½ miles, then both turned east onto Highway 73, a two-lane road. About a half-mile after making the turn, with the Nissan now in front, the pickup’s driver reportedly veered onto the paved shoulder, came up on the Nissan’s right side and sideswiped it. The pickup’s driver then apparently lost control, crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a 1987 Porsche 911 in the westbound lane. The Porsche was destroyed and

No survivors found after crash of plane that flew over D.C. and led to fighter jet scramble

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ASHLEY THOMAS (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — A wayward and unresponsive business plane that flew over the nation’s capital Sunday afternoon caused the military to scramble a fighter jet before the plane crashed in Virginia, officials said. The fighter jet caused a loud sonic boom that was heard across the capital region. Hours later, police said rescuers had reached the site of the plane crash in a rural part of the Shenandoah Valley and that no survivors were found. The Federal Aviation Administration says the Cessna Citation took off from Elizabethton, Tennessee, on Sunday and was headed for Long Island’s MacArthur Airport. Inexplicably, the plane turned around over New York’s Long Island and flew a straight path down over D.C. before it crashed over mountainous terrain near Montebello, Virginia, around 3:30 p.m. It was not immediately clear why the plane was nonresponsive, why it crashed or how many people were on board. The plane flew directly over the nation’s capital, though it was technically flying above some of the most heavily restricted airspace in the nation. A U.S. official confirmed to