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31-year Iowa State Patrol veteran passes away

Krystal Fowler, Daily Iowegian, Centerville, Iowa – CENTERVILLE — The Centerville community lost a long-time resident and law enforcement officer on Friday, Jan. 27. Jerry Baker, who served with the Iowa…

Bill legalizing same-sex marriage passes Washington state Senate

By Andrew Garber, The Seattle Times – OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington cleared its biggest legislative hurdle late Wednesday in a historic vote by the state…

Ferry sinks off Papua New Guinea; 150 missing

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — Rescue crews have saved at least 200 people from the water off Papua New Guinea’s northeast coast after a…

Aid workers released in Yemen

By Maximilian Haupt – BERLIN — Six aid workers abducted in Yemen have been released unharmed, the German Foreign Ministry said in Berlin Thursday. The six, who were kidnapped by…

Mexico is abuzz over the real purpose for the $1.9 million seized aboard a flight

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — It was a mere $1.9 million, stuffed as brand new bills into two suitcases on a small jet traveling from the…

Komen CEO says politics didn’t cause break with Planned Parenthood

By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood for breast health services was not politically…

Philippines military kills 15 alleged militants

By Girlie Linao – MANILA, Philippines — Fifteen alleged members of militant groups linked to al-Qaida, including three suspected leaders, were killed Thursday in a pre-dawn airstrike on their hideout…

Egyptians mourn those killed in soccer violence

By Jeffrey Fleishman and Asmaa Al Zohairy, Los Angeles Times – CAIRO — The coffins came down the hill in intermittent procession Thursday as families focused their rage on security forces…

Ice Fishing Not Recommended in Central Iowa

BOONE – Monday’s temperature hitting the middle 60s followed by middle to upper 50s on Tuesday has reduced the amount and quality of ice in central and southern Iowa.  With…

Russia takes firm stance against U.N. on Syria

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Russia remained firm Wednesday in its pledge to veto any U.N. Security Council resolution that could open the door for international…

US may rely on aging U-2 spy planes longer than expected

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Wars have come and gone. But for more than half a century, the CIA and U.S. military have relied on a…

Soccer clashes kill at least 73 people in Egypt

By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times – CAIRO — An Egyptian soccer match between two longtime rivals turned bloody when hooligans supporting the winning team stormed the field,…

US, allies will shift Afghan mission to training next year

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – BRUSSELS — The U.S. and its allies will formally change their military mission in Afghanistan to training and advising Afghan troops next year,…

Work on new U of I Children’s Hospital to begin this fall

Diane Heldt, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — Construction on the new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is set to begin in October, according to an updated long-range…

Cedar Rapids’ legacy of smells plays in Penford debate

Rick Smith, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The city’s 40-year-old marketing slogan, “The City of Five Seasons,” continues to confuse even as the unfortunate tagline that came to accompany it,…

Taliban captives confident of victory, report finds

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Captured Taliban fighters have consistently expressed confidence that their movement will again rule Afghanistan, according to a report prepared by NATO…

4 plead guilty in plot to bomb London Stock Exchange

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Four British men pleaded guilty Wednesday to planning a bomb attack on the London Stock Exchange as part of an al-Qaida-inspired plot…

Some unhappy meals at MSP

Wendy Lee, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The removal of McDonald’s from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is not flying with some passengers who want their Egg McMuffins and Big Macs. For…

French decision to accelerate exit causes some Afghans to question NATO

French decision to accelerate exit causes some Afghans to question NATO

By Jon Stephenson, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — The announcement by France last week that it would speed up the exit of its troops from Afghanistan has been greeted with…

Judge: Oakland Police Department in ‘serious violation’ of court order

By Paul T. Rosynsky, The Oakland Tribune – OAKLAND, Calif. — A federal judge found the city’s police department in “serious violation” of court-ordered standards and procedures related to a decade-old…

US officials see increasing threat of domestic attack from Iran

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida ’s ability to conduct terrorist operations against the United States has diminished in the last year, but U.S. intelligence agencies said Tuesday…

U.S. airstrikes kill 5 suspected militants in Yemen

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — U.S. military aircraft launched strikes that killed at least five suspected militants in southern Yemen in one of the deadliest attacks…

U.N. official calls for Duvalier prosecution in torture, killings

(MCT) – UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations human rights arm on Tuesday expressed dismay at a proposal to try former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier for corruption instead of the…

Police tear down Occupy Charlotte camp; 7 arrested

Police tear down Occupy Charlotte camp; 7 arrested

By Doug Miller, April Bethea, Cleve R. Wootson and Steve Lyttle, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police waded into the Occupy Charlotte protest site Monday afternoon, arresting at least…

European leaders seek to bolster growth

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — European leaders grappling with a stubborn debt crisis reaffirmed their commitment Monday to sign a new pact limiting public spending, but pledged…

Mexico’s envoy promises robust effort to capture US fugitives

By Gary Marx and David Jackson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Mexico’s top diplomat in the United States has vowed that his government will redouble efforts to apprehend the growing numbers…

Syrian troops retake control of suburbs outside Damascus

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syrian troops reasserted control Monday of rebellious suburbs outside Damascus, retaking some districts amid stiff resistance as the…

Lower-limb amputations have declined among diabetics, study finds

By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times – Here’s some good news for a change from the diabetes front: Lower-limb amputations due to diabetes complications dropped 65 percent from 1996 to 2008.…

Scientists create the world’s first atomic X-ray laser

By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have created the world’s first atomic X-ray laser. The researchers aimed SLAC’s…

China pledges more aid for Africa even after workers go missing

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Eager to lock up natural resources in Africa, despite the geopolitical risks, China pledged to provide nearly $100 million in aid to…

Obama defends ‘judicious’ use of drone strikes

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama offered a vigorous defense of the use of unmanned aircraft to kill al-Qaida operatives and other militants in Pakistan’s…

Google, Facebook, others team to fight email phishing scams

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Major tech companies including Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have teamed up to fight email phishing scams. Members say…

Heroin, painkiller use in Twin Cities at all-time high, state report says

Brady Gervais, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – The abuse of heroin and other opiates reached the highest levels yet in the Twin Cities during the first half of 2011, according…

More than 100 injured in Peru earthquake

LIMA, Peru — More than 100 people were injured Monday after a strong earthquake in southern Peru, Peruvian civil defense authorities said. Most of the injured however had only slight…

Afghan woman slain after giving birth to girl

By Laura King and Aimal Yaqubi, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghainstan — Another horrific case of violence against women in Afghanistan came to light Monday when authorities reported that a…

Iowa Right to Life marchers take to the streets for the unborn

William Smith, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – FORT MADISON – The solitary beat of a snare drum set a slow but steady pace for more than 125 people marching through…

NASA hopes to test new spaceship in 2014

By Mark K. Matthews, The Orlando Sentinel – WASHINGTON — There’s no firm date yet, but sometime in early 2014 NASA intends to take its first major step toward rebuilding its…

Moscow motorists stage rolling demonstration against Putin

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times – MOSCOW — Moscow’s Garden Ring street, a 10-mile circle around large portions of the city’s historic center including the Kremlin, turned white on…

Nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient marks 95th birthday

By Evonne Coutros, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — The nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient, a World War II Army veteran who fought in the Battle of the…

Sudanese rebels abduct Chinese construction workers

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Sudanese rebels have kidnapped about 30 Chinese construction workers who were building a road in a remote stretch of the country, Chinese…