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US concerned about Pakistani who provided bin Laden intelligence

By Marco Mierke WASHINGTON — The United States is “very concerned” about the condition of a Pakistani doctor who provided information that helped them track down al-Qaida leader Osama bin…

Cruise ship’s captain lost precious time, official says

By Peter Mayer ROME — The wasting of a “precious hour” by the captain of the Costa Concordia jeopardized the timely evacuation of all those aboard the stricken cruise liner,…

Attack on NATO convoy kills 4 civilians in Afghanistan

By Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide car bomber killed four Afghan civilians and wounded dozens Thursday in the southern province of Helmand, local officials said. The…

Bill Gates pledges $750 million for global AIDS fund

By Albert Otti DAVOS, Switzerland — Software billionaire Bill Gates announced Thursday that his foundation would give $750 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The…

3 dead, 16 missing in collapse of Rio de Janeiro buildings

By Diana Renee RIO DE JANEIRO — Rescue workers in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday recovered the bodies of three people from the rubble of three collapsed buildings, with at…

Egypt bars Americans working for democracy groups from leaving

By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times – CAIRO — The son of a U.S. Cabinet official and other Americans working for a democracy rights group have been stopped from leaving Cairo…

Gang violence is less related to drugs than thought, CDC says

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Gang homicides are less likely to be drug-related than many people think — and more likely to be a result of factors…

Home births are making a comeback

By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Home birth is making a marked resurgence in the United States, according to data released Thursday by the federal government. A…

Divers find 17th body on half-sunken Italian cruise ship

By Hanns-Jochen Kaffsack – ROME, Italy — Divers on Saturday found the body of a woman on the half-sunken Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, officials on the island of Giglio…

France’s expedited exit from Afghanistan frays U.S.-led coalition

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL — After France, the deluge? The announcement by French President Nicolas Sarkozy that his troops would sharply accelerate their departure from Afghanistan cast…

UN nuclear agency team arrives in Tehran

By Irmgard Rieger and Farshid Motahari TEHRAN, Iran — Officials from the United Nations nuclear agency arrived Saturday in Tehran for talks aimed at allaying concerns that Tehran is seeking…

UI releases more Bloom emails

Diane Heldt, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa has released some of the emails that were sent to journalism professor Stephen Bloom last month…

911 tape: Demi Moore suffered convulsions after ‘smoking something’

By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A woman who called 911 from Demi Moore’s home Monday night told officials the movie star was suffering convulsions…

Death toll reaches 7 in Rio building collapse

By Diana Renee RIO DE JANEIRO — The death toll from the collapse of three buildings in central Rio de Janeiro climbed to seven, the authorities confirmed Friday after more…

Cruise ship passengers to receive $14,000 in damages

By Peter Mayer   ROME — Italian consumer rights groups were divided over a decision on Friday by the owners of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia to pay 11,000 euros —…

2 students charged in plot to blow up high school in Roy, Utah

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A teenage girl who received an electronic warning was being praised as a hero Friday for tipping off authorities about what…

Suicide bombing at Baghdad funeral kills 32 people

By Raheem Salman and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BAGHDAD — A suicide car bomb detonated Friday at a busy Baghdad intersection as a funeral procession was passing by,…

Flags Thursday honor Centerville Marine

Michael Schaffer, Daily Iowegian, Centerville, Iowa – CENTERVILLE — Between 250-300 people came to the Centerville Fire Department Thursday afternoon to take part in placing 2,200 American flags along the route…

Neighbors worry about possible UI expansion

Diane Heldt, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The University of Iowa has spent more than $6.3 million on dozens of tenant properties since 2001, the majority of them in the…

Trust withdraws claim for Hot Lotto jackpot prize

Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – DES MOINES – An already weird story took another bizarre twist Thursday when representatives for a trust based in Belize that turned in…

U.S. sales of new homes in 2011 hit record lows

Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – New home sales in 2011 were the worst on record for U.S. home builders, dampening optimism that the housing market was poised for an immediate…

Minnesota adds wind farms, yet rank falls to No. 5

David Shaffer, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Minnesota slipped from fourth to fifth place among states with the most wind power last year even as the state’s number of wind farms climbed…

Pentagon releases plan that cuts projected spending, increases base budget

Pentagon releases plan that cuts projected spending, increases base budget

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Pentagon released a budget blueprint Thursday that cuts projected military spending by nearly half a trillion dollars, yet still calls…

Thousands gather to get a glimpse of Joe Paterno funeral procession

Thousands gather to get a glimpse of Joe Paterno funeral procession

By John L. Micek and Andrew McGill, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — As the hearse bearing Joe Paterno passed through the community he called home for…

Nissan to build $2 billion Mexico plant, sidestepping security concerns

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers – MEXICO CITY — In a sign that global manufacturers are looking beyond Mexico’s security woes, Nissan said Wednesday that it will invest $2 billion in…

Frying foods in olive, sunflower oils may not be bad for your heart

By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Rejoice, those who love fried foods: eating them may not put you at higher risk for coronary heart disease — if…

Emanuel calls summits an opportunity to build Chicago’s global image

By Kathy Bergen, Jeff Coen and David Heinzmann, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The May summits of world leaders in Chicago are an unmatched opportunity to build the city’s global image…

Connecticut mayor apologizes to Latinos for taco remark

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Hours after four of his town’s police officers were arrested on federal charges of harassing and abusing Latinos, East Haven, Conn.,…

Brewer, Obama have heated exchange during airport greeting

By Jessica Testa, Cronkite News Service PHOENIX — The Republican governor who has “Scorpions for Breakfast” says she was chewed out Wednesday by the leader of the free world. Gov. Jan…

Improvements at Arlington Cemetery, but problems remain

By Emily Seagrave Kennedy, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Just a year and a half after condemning officials at Arlington National Cemetery for “heartbreakingly incompetent management,” Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of…

Somalia raid shows extent of U.S. reach

By David S. Cloud and Lutfi Sheriff Mohammed, Tribune Washington Bureau – MOGADISHU, Somalia — The Navy SEALs parachuted into the darkness, landing more than a mile from their objective: a…

Thousands gather to get a glimpse of Joe Paterno funeral procession

By John L. Micek and Andrew McGill, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — As the hearse bearing Joe Paterno passed through the community he called home for…

Treasury Designates Major Iranian State-Owned Bank

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Iran’s third-largest bank, Bank Tejarat, for providing financial services to several Iranian banks and firms already subject to international sanctions for their involvement…

Aurora borealis mesmerizes watchers who toughed out frigid weather for event

By Michelle Theriault Boots, McClatchy Newspapers – ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The aurora borealis streaking across Alaska skies this week captivated sky watchers who camped out in sub-zero temperatures to photograph…

U.S. helicopter raid frees two aid workers from Somali pirates

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times – JOHANNESBURG — U.S. military forces carried out a dramatic helicopter rescue overnight in Somalia, freeing two Western aid workers taken hostage by pirates. Jessica…

BRIEF: Iowa City makes changes to 21-only law

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY – The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to tweak Iowa City’s 21-only law. The goal is to keep bars from skirting the intent…

Marine gets no jail time in killing of 24 Iraqi civilians

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich will not serve a jail sentence following his guilty plea in the killing of 24…

Giffords returns to Washington for president’s speech, a homecoming and a farewell

Giffords returns to Washington for president’s speech, a homecoming and a farewell

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A year ago, the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords weighed heavily in the chamber. A seat with her Arizona delegation was left…

Britain’s Big Ben is leaning; lawmakers discuss solutions

By Henry Chu. Los Angeles Times LONDON — Time stands still for no one. In London, it doesn’t even stand straight. Big Ben, perhaps the most iconic structure in all of…

Wesley Brown, federal judge, dies at 104

Wesley Brown, federal judge, dies at 104

By Ron Sylvester, McClatchy Newspapers – WICHITA, Kan. — U.S. Senior District Judge Wesley Brown has died at age 104. Brown died Monday evening at the Larksfield Place retirement community, where…