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Officials continue rescue, retrieval efforts after thousands of birds crash in Utah

By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Wildlife officials were hauling away the dead and rescuing the survivors days after thousands of birds slammed into a Wal-Mart parking…

White House, Pentagon won’t probe story of Medal of Honor winner

White House, Pentagon won’t probe story of Medal of Honor winner

By Lesley Clark WASHINGTON — The White House and the Pentagon said Thursday that they wouldn’t investigate embellishments in the Marine Corps’ account of the actions that led to Marine…

NIH adopts plan to cut use of chimps in medical research

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health said Thursday that it would curtail its use of chimpanzees in medical research, suspending new chimp research grants…

In rebellious Wukan, China, a rare sight: No authorities

In rebellious Wukan, China, a rare sight: No authorities

By Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Newspapers WUKAN, China — It’s the Chinese Communist Party’s nightmare in miniature: Locals stage protests against their land being taken away by shady real estate deals,…

Pattern of civil rights abuses alleged in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County

By Richard A. Serrano and Ashley Powers, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Phoenix-based department repeatedly arrested Latinos illegally, abused them in the county jails and failed to…

US mission ends in Iraq, but war’s wounds remain raw

US mission ends in Iraq, but war’s wounds remain raw

By David S. Cloud and David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD — After nearly nine years of war, the loss of more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of…

U.S. Justice Department says Arizona Sheriff Arpaio violated civil rights laws

In a 22 page report, the U.S. Justice Department has accused Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio with violating the civil rights of Latinos under his jurisdiction. “We notified MCSO…

Tanker truck blast shuts L.A.-area freeway, sparks fire that damages bridge

Tanker truck blast shuts L.A.-area freeway, sparks fire that damages bridge

By Angel Jennings, Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A tanker truck filled with thousands of gallons of gasoline exploded on the 60 Freeway…

Wastewater Discharges to Des Moines River Following Equipment Failure

Malfunctioning equipment at a pumping station led to a wastewater discharge to the Des Moines River on Monday. The city of Des Moines estimates that 378,000 gallons of untreated wastewater…

Illinois Man Injured Sunday While Hunting in Iowa

An Illinois man was injured Sunday while hunting deer in Monona County. Seth Johnson, 30, of Plainfield, Ill., was hunting in a group of approximately 10 other hunters, when a…

Holder denounces state laws that restrict voting

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder denounced recent state laws that restrict voting and, citing the long struggle to ensure voting rights for…

West seeks Saudi Arabia’s help on Iran oil sanctions

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — In a new effort to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear program, the Obama administration and its European allies are asking Saudi…

Marine Corps apologizes for Purple Heart Christmas mixup

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps apologized Tuesday for mistakenly sending Purple Heart Christmas ornaments to the families of 1,150 deceased Marines and sailors.…

Pipeline safety bill clears Congress, headed to president

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — A pipeline safety bill approved by the Senate on Tuesday night was headed to President Barack Obama for his expected signature. The…

Russian billionaire to challenge Putin

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — The Russian billionaire who also owns the New Jersey Nets basketball team announced he will challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency…

Supreme Court to review Arizona immigration law

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide in coming months whether Arizona and other states can target illegal immigrants for arrest, setting the…

Lawyers for Philadelphia cleric in sex-abuse scandal claim unfair smears by prosecutors

By John P. Martin, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — The monsignor awaiting trial for allegedly protecting pedophile priests has been wrongly smeared by prosecutors and in fact exercised “good judgment”…

Blockade draws thousands to disrupt Port of Oakland

Blockade draws thousands to disrupt Port of Oakland

By Cecily Burt and Katy Murphy, Oakland Tribune OAKLAND, Calif. — Thousands of Occupy protesters on Monday descended in two waves at the Port of Oakland, disrupting operations at several…

Emergency Texas GOP appeal granted, putting redistricting plans on hold

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court granted an emergency appeal Friday night from Texas Republicans, putting on hold a redistricting map drawn by judges…

Europe takes a big step on debt, EU integration

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — European leaders closed a pivotal week Friday with an agreement in principle to join a new treaty that would force all but…

Britain’s rejection of EU treaty lays bare widening rift it has with its neighbors

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — By agreeing to knit their nations closer together on fiscal and economic policy, Europe’s leaders are writing a potentially momentous new chapter…

Appeals court seems reluctant to throw out judge’s ruling on measure that banned same-sex marriage

Appeals court seems reluctant to throw out judge’s ruling on measure that banned same-sex marriage

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court appeared unlikely Thursday to throw out a ruling against Proposition 8, the 2008 California measure that banned…

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