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Scientists await the fate of Mars rover Curiosity

Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times – NASA has dubbed the dizzyingly complex landing of its new Mars rover “seven minutes of terror” — a sequence of pyrotechnics, ropes and a “backpack” of…

Milwaukee Sikh shooting: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney statements

Connie Stewart, Los Angeles Times – President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney extended their condolences to the victims of the Milwaukee Sikh shooting on Sunday. At least seven people were killed and more…

Taliban fighters kill 6 in ambush

By Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban-led insurgents killed two New Zealand soldiers and four Afghan intelligence officers Saturday in an ambush in the central province of Bamiyan,…

Purported Syria rebel says Iran hostages are militiamen

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Iran said Sunday that it was seeking the aid of Turkey and Qatar, nations with close ties to the Syrian opposition,…

7 dead in shootings at Milwaukee-area Sikh temple

7 dead in shootings at Milwaukee-area Sikh temple

By Dan Hinkel, Rosemary R. Sobol and John P. Huston, Chicago Tribune – OAK CREEK, Wis.—Members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin were gathering for services Sunday morning when their peaceful…

For Team USA, now it gets serious

For Team USA, now it gets serious

By Scott Fowler, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — The U.S. men’s basketball team just completed what coach Mike Krzyzewski refers to as “the week before the week.” Now it gets serious.…

US women’s basketball team beats China in record-setting performance

US women’s basketball team beats China in record-setting performance

By K.C. Johnson, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Closing pool play unbeaten and with its 38th straight Olympic victory, the U.S. women’s basketball team destroyed China 114-66 Sunday afternoon at…

Serena and Venus Williams win doubles gold medal

Serena and Venus Williams win doubles gold medal

By Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — The amazing Olympic run of the Williams sisters continued Sunday when they teamed to win the gold medal in women’s doubles. Venus…

Faulty vault lands Maroney a silver

By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — McKayla Maroney can seem severe. She has a competition face that comes with a glare. But after she had an unlikely fall…

Sam Mellinger: No group has ever run this fast, not even close

Sam Mellinger: No group has ever run this fast, not even close

By Sam Mellinger, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — The fastest race in the history of man sounds like a riot. There is nothing quite like this in sports. More anticipation than…

Richards-Ross gets elusive gold medal in 400 meters

Richards-Ross gets elusive gold medal in 400 meters

By Charean Williams, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — Sanya Richards-Ross thought the gold was hers. But then, she has thought that before and been wrong. In 2008, Richards-Ross was ranked…

Usain Bolt dispels doubts with Olympic record in 100

Usain Bolt dispels doubts with Olympic record in 100

By Gil LeBreton, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — They said his back hurt and that he was seeing some witch doctor in Germany. His inconsistent starts, they claimed, were a sign…

Furyk’s collapse on 18th hole gives Keegan Bradley win at Bridgestone

Furyk’s collapse on 18th hole gives Keegan Bradley win at Bridgestone

By Jason Lloyd, Akron Beacon Journal – AKRON, Ohio — Jim Furyk walked off the 18th green to the same roars and cheers he heard all weekend trudging up and down…

Twins win on Mauer’s three-run homer in the ninth

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – BOSTON — The Minnesota Twins were down to their final strike Saturday night, lamenting a night of missed chances at Fenway Park, when Joe…

Penn State receiver Justin Brown headed to Oklahoma

By Joe Juliano, The Philadelphia Inquirer – The chaotic offseason for Penn State football continued Sunday when the Nittany Lions lost wide receiver Justin Brown to Oklahoma. Brown is the ninth…

Andy Reid’s son, Garrett Reid, found dead in dorm room at training camp

By Jeff McLane, The Philadelphia Inquirer – BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead in a Lehigh University dorm room early Sunday morning. Reid’s…

Obama’s Weekly Address: Celebrating the Summer Olympics and Paralympics

Obama’s Weekly Address: Celebrating the Summer Olympics and Paralympics

Hi, everybody.  Today, I want to take a break from the back-and-forth of campaign season, and talk about something that’s brought us all together this week – the Summer Olympics.…

BRIEF: Vikings WR Greg Childs tears tendons in both legs, will miss season

BRIEF: Vikings WR Greg Childs tears tendons in both legs, will miss season

Jeremy Fowler, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – MANKATO, Minn. — Vikings rookie wide receiver Greg Childs will miss the entire 2012 NFL season after tearing the patellar tendon in both…

Iowa running back curse hasn’t been all-encompassing

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – Notes columns are the laziest form of column-writing known to our civilization. So anyway, I’m looking at the brighter side of this so-called curse plaguing…

Talks break off for Westdale Mall purchase in Cedar Rapids

Rick Smith, CR Gazette – Westdale Mall’s future seems as murky and grim as ever. John Frew — the developer and project manager of the city’s high-profile convention complex and…

Obama says too many people still out of work

Susan Crabtree, The Washington Times – President Obama is highlighting the positive numbers in Friday’s employment report, taking credit for 29 straight months of slow-but-steady job increases even as he…

U.S. economy adds 163,000 jobs; rate rises to 8.3%

Patrice Hill, The Washington Times – The labor market improved last month after a soft spell in the spring, with businesses creating 163,000 more jobs in a wide range of…

Officials try to find out if boy, 11, is suicide bomber

Martin Kuz, Stars and Stripes – HASAN, Afghanistan — The suspect thwarted his Afghan and U.S. interrogators with vague replies for a half-hour, his voice soft and melodic, his brown…

State of Iowa considers future of School for Deaf

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – Sixteen-year-old D.J. Meyer plays quarterback on his high school football team, point guard for the basketball team, serves on the student council and had a…

As Mason City gears up to set local option sales tax on ballot, another similar-sized city in Iowa votes on same measure Tuesday

Editor’s note: An interesting piece about Burlington, Iowa which discusses the pro’s and con’s of the local option sales tax there.  Burlington, about the size of Mason City, will be…

No rest for Northern Iowa Football Team

No rest for Northern Iowa Football Team

Matt Levins, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – CEDAR FALLS – The University of Northern Iowa football team has been synonymous with winning ever since head coach Mark Farley returned…

Poor neighborhood in Aleppo is focus of battle for Syria

Los Angeles Times – ALEPPO, Syria — The car slams to a halt in front of the rebel field hospital on Shariyeh Street in the Salahuddin neighborhood, and a young…

Syrian fighting continues; China blames West

By Rex Crum, MarketWatch – SAN FRANCISCO — Fighting for control of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, intensified Saturday as rebels and government forces reportedly battled for control of state-run television…

Palestinian president to renew UN bid for statehood

RAMALLAH, Palestine — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to renew the call for recognition as a non-member state at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 27,…

Hillary Clinton credited for pushing Sudan, South Sudan oil fee dispute resolution

By Alan Boswell, McClatchy Newspapers – NAIROBI, Kenya — Bitter African foes Sudan and South Sudan reported Saturday that they had struck a deal that would let South Sudan re-start…

Upmeyer: Sarah Palin “gave me great advice”

Upmeyer: Sarah Palin “gave me great advice”

State Rep. Linda Upmeyer said Sunday on her Facebook page that she met Sarah and Todd Palin. Politico.com is reporting that “Sarah Palin dropped in Saturday at a major summer…

Afghan lawmakers order Karzai to replace key ministers

By Alex Rodriguez and Hashmat Baktash, Los Angeles Times – KABUL — Parliament on Saturday ordered Afghan President Hamid Karzai to replace the country’s defense and interior ministers, dealing his…

Dolphin die-off tied to Gulf oil spill, other factors, study suggests

By Kevin Spear, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico washed up dead along the shores of four states early last year in…

Iranian pilgrims kidnapped on trip to Syria

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Gunmen kidnapped dozens of Iranian pilgrims on a trip to strife-torn Syria on Saturday, the latest in a series of…

Tommy Lee Jones: an actor who directs, lives on a cattle ranch, and chooses his words carefully

Tommy Lee Jones: an actor who directs, lives on a cattle ranch, and chooses his words carefully

By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Do they make men like Tommy Lee Jones anymore? Men who can rope a calf, direct a movie, and, you want…

Member of the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra Family Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – Gaeton Lucibello, 59, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty today to participating in a racketeering conspiracy involving extortion and illegal gambling, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the…

Spending Smart: Consumers pay for many things that once could be had at no cost

By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune – Getting something “free” causes an unusual spark in a consumer’s brain, consumer behaviorists have shown. That might explain why consumers fill out forms, giving up…

Marilyn: Still formidable after 50 years

By Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal – Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago today. For half a century or more, she has been analyzed, but understanding has been elusive. The TV…

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman Re-Sentenced on Bribery, Conspiracy, Fraud and Obstruction of Justice Charges

WASHINGTON – Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman was resentenced today to serve 78 months in prison for his role in bribery, conspiracy, fraud and obstruction of justice charges involving former…

31 arrested in San Diego-area ICE operation targeting criminal aliens

SAN DIEGO — A total of 31 individuals, including nearly two dozen criminal aliens, were taken into custody during an enforcement operation carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

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