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Afghan insurgents post propaganda videos on latest attacks

By Ali Safi and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — Videos and pictures that the Taliban have posted online purportedly show the insurgents who staged this week’s…

Afghanistan leader seeks swifter troop pullout amid photos furor

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai suggested Thursday that a speeded-up departure of Western troops is the only way to prevent a recurrence…

Black Hawk helicopter crashes in Helmand

By David S. Cloud and Emily Alpert, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Four U.S. troops were on board a Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed Thursday in Helmand province…

Incomplete aid packages could disrupt Afghan alliance, US warns

By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times – BRUSSELS — The United States and its allies are promising to provide more than $4 billion a year for Afghanistan’s army and police…

In Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed protests $10 million US bounty for his capture

In Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed protests $10 million US bounty for his capture

By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers – LAHORE, Pakistan — Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the Pakistani Islamist leader on whom the United States placed a $10 million bounty earlier this month, filed a…

India’s nuclear test is a success

By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – NEW DELHI — India on Thursday successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile that landed 20 minutes later in the Indian Ocean. The 50-ton,…

I-35E toll-lane plans zoom ahead in Minn. Senate

Pat Doyle, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A major expansion of the MnPASS electronic toll system advanced Tuesday in the state Senate despite some legislators’ objections to charging more motorists to drive…

3 Secret Service agents leave agency amid scandal

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Three Secret Service agents implicated in a prostitution scandal in Colombia — including two supervisors — are leaving the agency as investigators…

Illinois couple come forward to claim Mega Millions prize

Illinois couple come forward to claim Mega Millions prize

By Nicholas J.C. Pistor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – RED BUD, Ill. — Merle Butler kept his secret by telling the truth. The day after the 65-year-old discovered he held a winning…

4 dead after police respond to domestic incident

4 dead after police respond to domestic incident

By Tyra M. Vaughn, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) – HAMPTON, Va. — Four people are dead after a domestic complaint that led to an early-Wednesday confrontation between Hampton police…

Afghans revolted by U.S. troops posing with dead suicide bombers

By Laura King and Hashmat Baktash, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Photos showing American servicemen posing for mocking trophy shots with the bodies of Afghan suicide bombers drew…

Mega Millions winner who bought ticket in Illinois to come forward

By Nicholas J.C. Pistor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – RED BUD, Ill. — People here are tired of the rumors. They just want to know who won. In a resilient community that…

More than 1,100 Cubans reported detained during papal visit

By Juan O. Tamayo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Cuban police carried out 1,158 political detentions in March — mostly to keep dissidents away from Pope Benedict XVI — the most…

Experts: Another BP-style Gulf blowout all too possible

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Much more needs to be done to lower the risks of another offshore oil disaster like the BP blowout two years ago in…

Colombian escort industry abuzz over summit sex scandal

By Jim Wyss, McClatchy Newspapers – BOGOTA, Colombia — Mixing business and pleasure might kill some careers, but in Colombia, at least, it’s not necessarily illegal. At least 11 U.S. Secret…

North Korea threatens retaliation over scrapping of food aid

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — North Korea on Tuesday answered world condemnation of its recent rocket test with defiance, threatening “retaliatory measures” if the United…

Syrian cease-fire on verge of shattering

Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Six days into the Syrian cease-fire and the term does not seem to fit, according to anti-government activists. Shelling continued in the battered city…

Pakistan deports bin Laden’s family to Saudi Arabia

By Tom Hussain, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD — On Wednesday, Pakistan was scheduled to deport the 14 members of Osama bin Laden’s family who had lived with him in a garrison…

Afghan leader Karzai calls for Taliban ‘brothers’ to bargain, not bomb

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai, facing criticism for referring to the Taliban as “brothers” despite a hammer-blow of insurgent attacks on his…

Iowa state senator, husband hurt while picking up storm debris in Clive

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – State Sen. Pat Ward, R-Clive, an assistant minority leader, issued a statement Monday saying she and her husband were hospitalized for medical treatment of injuries…

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC—On May 16, President Barack Obama will award Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Specialist Sabo will receive the Medal of…

Earthquake strikes off Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile early Tuesday, prompting widespread evacuations, but no reports of damage, authorities said. The quake hit northwest of the coastal town of…

Attacks in Afghanistan end after 18 hours of intense battle

Attacks in Afghanistan end after 18 hours of intense battle

By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan, and NEW DELHI — Fighting ended Monday morning some 18 hours after the Taliban launched a coordinated attack on…

Dire warnings may have saved lives

Dire warnings may have saved lives

By Rick Montgomery, McClatchy Newspapers – WICHITA, Kan. — As tornadoes brewed in the Wichita region late Saturday, National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser issued a new kind of bulletin that…

Human remains of 12 near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, are girls, women

By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — Authorities in violence-plagued Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, say the skeletal remains of 12 people found in the area in recent months are…

24 reported killed as violence flares anew in Syria

By Weedah Hamzah and Nehal El-Sherif – DAMASCUS, Syria — Twenty-four people were killed on Monday when Syrian forces fought rebels near the Turkish border and shelled restive central provinces,…

Afghanistan attacks seem intended to humiliate

Afghanistan attacks seem intended to humiliate

By Aimal Yaqubi and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — The brazen and well-coordinated attacks by insurgents against four embassies and other key sites in the heart of…

Taliban militants storm Pakistani prison, free 390

By Zulfiqar Ali and Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani Taliban militants stormed a prison in northwest Pakistan early Sunday and freed 390 prisoners, including 20…

Coordinated attackers hit Afghanistan

By Aimal Yaqubi and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 11 police officers and five civilians were injured and 19 insurgents were killed Sunday during…

Dozens of pro-Palestinian activists detained at Israeli airport

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM — Israeli police on Sunday detained 43 international activists who tried to enter the country as part of a pro-Palestinian demonstration that…

Suicide flourishes in the Nevada desert

By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times – HENDERSON, Nev. — After it happened, Megan Beza was consumed with figuring out why. Did her husband’s struggle with painkillers play a role?…

U.N. Security Council approves sending truce monitors to Syria

Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT, Lebanon — The U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved sending up to 30 unarmed monitors to Syria to help maintain what at best can…

Western officials call Iranians’ tone at nuclear talks constructive

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – ISTANBUL, Turkey — Diplomats from six world powers met with Iranian officials into the midafternoon Saturday in their effort to finally launch a durable…

Israel braces for mass arrival of pro-Palestinian activists

By Jeff Abramowitz – TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel completed preparations Saturday for an expected influx of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on Sunday, while the Welcome to Palestine 2012 initiative…

Girl, 6, dies after getting knocked over by log while playing on beach

By Jessica M. Pasko, Santa Cruz Sentinel – LIVE OAK, Calif. — A 6-year-old girl died after being knocked down by a log while playing on a Live Oak beach.…

More Syria violence seen despite truce

Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Two days into a fragile truce, and the question many are asking is, when is a cease-fire no longer a cease-fire? On the second…

Secret Service agents accused of misconduct removed from summit

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – CARTAGENA, Colombia — As many as a dozen Secret Service agents have been sent home from the Summit of…

Burnsville ready to offer loan guarantees to grow businesses

Jessica Fleming, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Burnsville could soon begin offering loan guarantees for businesses – a sign of the times in which banks have become more careful with…

Human Bones found in Henry County Determined to be Female Remains

Henry County, IOWA — On March 17, 2012, at approximately 5:10pm, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a report of possible human remains being found along Old Hwy 34, near…

International nuclear talks with Iran begin

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – ISTANBUL, Turkey — World powers began potentially crucial talks with Iran on Friday over its disputed nuclear program, even as Western officials appeared to…