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Google’s self-driving car takes blind man on errands

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A self-driving car being developed by Google Inc. took a blind man for a ride this week, driving him to a…

More suburban teens turning from pills to heroin, authorities say

By Ed Fletcher, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Heroin, a drug most often associated with the gritty back alleys of big cities, is making a surprising surge in suburban, affluent…

Black church leads fight against AIDS with HIV testing

By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — It’s been three decades since HIV and AIDS invaded Chicago’s South Side and surrounded Bray Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Englewood.…

Defending the hoodie: Garment no reason to stereotype, students say

By Denisa R. Superville, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — Sean O’Reilly was 16 when his mother gave him the talk that most black parents give their teenage sons.…

Mob attacks bring call for earlier curfew

Matt McKinney, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – After a string of random youth-on-youth attacks along Nicollet Mall, the Minneapolis Police Department has asked the city attorney’s office if it can impose an…

Hoodie evolves into a symbol of protest

By Dahleen Glanton and Dawn Rhodes, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Knowles has an array of hoodies hanging in his dorm room closet, scattered among his suits, dress shirts…

One face of the Syrian revolt: a jihadi comes home

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – NEAR RAMTHA, Jordan — Outside a Bedouin shepherd’s tent, in view of the Syrian border, Abu Khalid sits in the grass, a laptop perched on…

Obama clears way for tightened sanctions on Iran

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration cleared the way for tightening sanctions on Iran with a determination that a reduction in the global purchases of…

Food aid for North Korea scuttled, administration says

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it has dropped plans to provide 240,000 metric tons of food aid for North Korea over Pyongyang’s plans to…

Shell drilling plan fails to account for risk factors in Arctic, report says

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON—Days after the Obama administration approved Royal Dutch Shell’s oil spill response plan for drilling in the Arctic Ocean off the Alaskan coast, an…

Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clash amid heightened tension

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times  – JERUSALEM — Clashes erupted Friday between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as Israeli security troops remained on high…

Emanuel unveils new $7 billion infrastructure proposal for Chicago

By John Byrne, Kathy Bergen and Jon Hilkevitch, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Unveiling a plan for “Building a New Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday promoted a package of infrastructure…

Prevalence of autism among children continues to climb, report shows

By Alan Bavley, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Lauren Shouse wonders why her third child, Luke, is autistic. Was it his difficult birth? Was it something inherited that…

City of Sanford says reporters won’t be arrested

By Susan Jacobson, The Orlando Sentinel – SANFORD, Fla. — The city of Sanford Thursday night decided that reporters won’t be arrested for pursuing the Trayvon Martin story after normal business…

Report says French police arrest 20 suspected Islamic extremists

PARIS — Police in southern France arrested around 20 suspected Islamic extremists early Friday, a news report said. The raids were “not directly linked” to a series of killings this…

School board settlement with ACLU stirs anger in Missouri town

By Donald Bradley, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nothing stirs up a small town quite like the American Civil Liberties Union. When attorneys for that group demanded that the…

Autism rates rise, disorder now affects 1 in 88 children, CDC says

By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Federal health authorities have significantly raised their estimate of the prevalence of autism in children, concluding in a new study of…

Keeping the B-2 up to date

By Rick Montgomery, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Say you own a 20-year-old car and intend to drive it beyond the year 2050. It will need some fixing. A…

Western troops take steps to avoid fratricide by Afghan troops

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — U.S. and NATO soldiers have been ordered to take extraordinary precautions against being shot by Afghan troops, including designating “guardian angels”…

Arab leaders expected to back UN peace plan for Syria

By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers – BAGHDAD — With its own initiatives having failed, the Arab League is expected Thursday to back a U.N.-led peace plan during a meeting in Iraq,…

‘Flash mob’ actions worry Minneapolis police

Matt McKinney, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A sudden, random attack on three bicyclists last Friday on Nicollet Mall kicked off a melee that had Minneapolis police pursuing 15 to 20 youths…

Pope Benedict meets with Raul Castro in Havana

Pope Benedict meets with Raul Castro in Havana

By Mimi Whitefield, Kevin G. Hall and Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers – HAVANA — Pope Benedict XVI’s whirlwind trip to Cuba neared its Wednesday climax — a papal Mass in Havana’s…

Mission to reclaim US soldiers’ remains shelved as Korean tensions rise

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The first to fall in the Korean War are also among the first casualties of the current diplomatic impasse between the United States…

JetBlue captain’s ‘medical situation’ diverts Vegas flight

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas landed unexpectedly in Amarillo, Texas, Tuesday morning after the co-pilot took over for…

Judge sides with government on funds linked to al-Qaida

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a move by survivors and victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to claim $6.6 million of…

National security concerns may keep testimony in USS Cole case secret

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The most interesting and significant testimony at the war court so far — a Saudi captive’s account of how CIA agents interrogated him…

Suicide vests founds inside Afghan defense ministry

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — In what would be one of the more serious security breaches to hit an Afghan government installation, nearly a dozen suicide…

Pope arrives in Havana to meet at least one Castro

Pope arrives in Havana to meet at least one Castro

By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times – HAVANA — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the Cuban capital Tuesday ahead of a highly anticipated private meeting with President Raul Castro and, possibly,…

11 killed, 29 injured by roadside bomb in India

By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – NEW DELHI — A roadside bomb killed 11 paramilitary officers and wounded 29 others Tuesday as they were traveling in a minibus in India’s…

Appeals court united on compensation for bone marrow donors

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Displaying rare unanimity on an issue, the full U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a request by…

Hackers claim to have exposed nearly 171,000 military email accounts

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES —The hacker group known as LulzSec appears to be back after many months of laying low, claiming to have exposed the accounts…

Unusually windy, dry March fuels deadly Colorado wildfire

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — Fire officials were hopeful Tuesday that calmer winds would help them bring a wildfire under control that has burned more than 3,000…

Vikings stadium: Minneapolis leaders deliver show of support

Doug Belden, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Responding to a longstanding request from state lawmakers, Minneapolis leaders delivered a show of support for a new Vikings stadium Monday, March 26…

Cancer research targets a key cell protein

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Blocking “don’t destroy me” signals that normally sit on the surface of tumor cells and render them resistant to immune-cell attack…

Minnesota porn-star prom date formally disallowed

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – An Oakdale high school senior is being prevented from bringing his chosen date — a porn actress — to prom. Mike Stone tweeted one member…

Iowan struck and killed by semi

From the Waterloo Police Department: On March 25, 2012, at approximately 9:15 PM, Waterloo Police responded to US Highway 20 eastbound near the Highway 63 exit on report of a…

Car and moped accident kills one in Waterloo on Sunday

From the Waterloo Police Department: On Sunday, March 25, 2012 at approximately 1:15 PM, Waterloo Police responded to an motor vehicle accident at Fletcher Avenue and University Avenue. Upon arrival,…

Treasury Report: Now is the Key Time to Invest in Infrastructure

​Investments in Transportation Projects Create Jobs in Sectors Where Nearly 90 Percent of Jobs Have Middle-Class Wages WASHINGTON – A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Treasury with…

Roadside bomb kills U.S. soldier, eight Afghans in southern Afghanistan

By Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb exploded in Kandahar province on Saturday night, killing a U.S. soldier, seven Afghan police officers and an Afghan translator,…

Obama urges North Korea, Iran to drop nuclear programs

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – SEOUL, South Korea — President Barack Obama on Monday made a direct appeal to the leaders of North Korea and Iran, urging them to…