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U.S. drone strike in Pakistan ends six-week pause; 4 dead

By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali, Los Angeles Times – ISLAMABAD and PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A U.S. drone missile strike killed four suspected militants in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, ending a…

Iran nuclear scientist killed in Tehran explosion

By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times – TEHRAN and BEIRUT — An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed Wednesday morning when a bomb ripped through his car in a…

High court signals it won’t be loosening TV’s ‘indecency’ rules

High court signals it won’t be loosening TV’s ‘indecency’ rules

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The hushed and hallowed halls of the U.S. Supreme Court are not a place one usually goes to hear discussions of…

Many question whether Haiti quake donations were put to best use

By Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Half the money world governments pledged to Haiti never showed up. Half the money American private donors raised for Haiti hasn’t been spent.…

USDA to close 259 domestic offices

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2011-The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must be built to meet the evolving needs of a 21st century agricultural economy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday in…

Bomb blast at bus terminal in Pakistan kills at least 29

By Zulfiqar Ali and Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A bomb blast killed at least 29 people Tuesday at a bus terminal along the Afghan border and…

China Communist Party bureaucrats like their cars high end — very

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Even the police are driving Porsches. Chinese officials love their cars — big, fancy, expensive cars. A chocolate-colored Bentley worth $560,000 is…

On his stroll toward Mexico’s presidency, Pena Nieto stumbles

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — First, he struggled to name a single book he’d read, except for “parts” of the Bible. Then he couldn’t quote the…

Kabul’s poor face a cold, harsh winter

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — In the gray light of each cold dawn, the parents of 10-month-old Shoaib hold their own breath as they listen for…

13 bodies found in Mexico’s Michoacan state

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — Authorities on Monday discovered 13 bodies dumped at a gas station near the city of Zitacuaro, about 90 miles west of Mexico…

South Sudan rampage toll may be in thousands amid threats of genocide

By Alan Boswell, McClatchy Newspapers – NAIROBI, Kenya — Threats of genocide and ethnically charged rhetoric are roiling South Sudan’s Jonglei state one week after a days-long rampage by a tribal…

Iranian court reportedly sentences American to death on spy charges

By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times – TEHRAN, Iran — A court in Tehran has sentenced to death a former U.S. Marine of Iranian descent who was convicted…

US presses China, Japan, South Korea to trim Iran oil imports

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner faces a stiff challenge this week as he tries to persuade China, Japan…

Somalis face ‘a hopeless situation’

Allie Shah, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Every day, Mohamed Muse grows more fearful for his family. The Minneapolis cab driver hasn’t been able to send the $200 to $300 his wife…

Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz, Gas-X drugs recalled by FDA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Parsippany, January 8, 2012 – Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. (NCH) announced today that it is voluntarily recalling all lots of select bottle packaging configurations of Excedrin® and NoDoz® products with…

Venezuelan consul in Miami ordered to leave U.S.

By Antonio Maria Delgado, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The United States has ordered the expulsion of Venezuela’s consul general in Miami after allegations surfaced that she discussed possible cyber-attacks on…

Giffords makes appearance as Tucson marks anniversary of shootings

By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times – TUCSON, Ariz. — Gabrielle Giffords waved her left hand. Thousands of people cheered. The Democratic congresswoman’s appearance Sunday, exactly a year after she was…

Is it OK for teachers and students to be Facebook friends?

Melody Gutierrez, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. – High school teacher Jennifer Kennedy has a prepared response for students who send her “friend” requests on Facebook. No. Or, at least not until…

At Lake City officer’s funeral, everyone feels like family

Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – LAKE CITY, MINN. – As a sea of 2,000 law enforcement officers clad in blue, black or tan piled into a long line of squad…

Some veterans come home to find homelessness

Randal Yakey, The News Herald, Panama City, Fla. – PANAMA CITY — As the big orange ball begins to sink over St. Andrew Bay, the homeless begin to make their way…

Cuba expected to gain more attention as GOP convention nears

Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. – TAMPA — Nearly 50 years have passed since the Cuban Missile Crisis, but you wouldn’t know it from rhetoric circulating in advance of the 2012 U.S.…

Rare penny sells for $1 million at Orlando coin show

By Ludmilla Lelis, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Talk about a lucky penny. It was actually worth $1 million. That was the final bid by an unknown buyer for…

Retiring L.A. County workers get $48 million for unused time off

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — When Lt. Marie Hannah retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2010, she left with the well-wishes of her…

Bomb in Damascus leaves 26 dead

By Alexandra Zavis and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — A bomb rocked the Syrian capital Friday, killing as many as 26 people, injuring dozens more and leaving pools…

Fidel Castro publishes lengthy column on war, climate change

By Juan O. Tamayo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Putting to rest rumors that he had died, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has published his first column in nearly two months…

Eleven die in hot air balloon crash in New Zealand

By David Barber – WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eleven people died when a hot air balloon caught fire after hitting a power line as it was landing 55 miles north…

Tiny particles may illuminate reactor cores

The Yomiuri Shimbun – TOKYO — Using particles from space to look into the heart of nuclear reactors — this is the goal of researchers at Nagoya University. The Yomiuri…

Egypt’s Islamists consolidate lead in final round of polling

By Ramadan Al-Fatash – CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamists have stretched their lead in the final round of the country’s landmark parliamentary election, official results showed on Saturday. The party lists…

Iran has divided view of U.S. Navy’s rescue of Iranian fishermen

By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times – TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday welcomed the U.S. Navy’s rescue of 13 Iranian fishermen held hostage by Somali…

Pro-Assad crowds pack funeral for bomb victims in Syria

By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Thousands of government supporters turned out Saturday for the funeral service for victims of a bombing in Damascus, the Syrian capital, waving…

Colombia authorities arrest 13 suspected drug gang members as part of government crackdown

By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times – BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian authorities announced the arrests Saturday of 13 suspected members of a powerful drug gang, the latest salvo in the government’s…

Anti-Israeli cyber-hackers may face retaliation, official warns

By Jeff Abramowitz JERUSALEM, Israel — Hackers who attack Israel need to know they will be attacked back, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Saturday, following a cyberattack on…

Japan says it needs consumption tax rate of 17 percent to cover social security costs

By Hideo Kamata, The Yomiuri Shimbun – TOKYO — The government and ruling parties of Japan have described the planned increase in the consumption tax rate as a “first step” because…

Chinese outlook unusually uncertain: experts

By Greg Robb, MarketWatch – CHICAGO — The outlook for the Chinese economy is cloudier than it has been in years, experts said. The road ahead for China is the “great…

Nevada has head start as states react to federal gambling decision

By Pamela M. Prah, Stateline.org – WASHINGTON — The Internet gambling business has always been a lucrative one, but federal law has kept states on the sidelines, barred from tapping into…

US Navy rescues Iranian fishermen taken over by pirates

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A Navy destroyer rescued 13 Iranian fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea, only days after Tehran warned…

Blackwater settles with families of Nisoor Square victims

By Doug Miller, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The security company formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by six victims or their families in the…

Minnesota officials walk fine line with state’s first wolf hunting season

By Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota wildlife officials are planning a wolf hunting season that puts the long-term survival of the wolf above the of zeal of…

Miss California USA features two gay contestants

By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Amid the photographs of beauty contestants competing in Miss California USA this weekend are those of two young women who are…

Iran’s Ahmadinejad to begin Latin American tour

By Jim Wyss, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Under pressure at home and facing a fresh wave of economic sanctions, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is seeking the company of friends —…