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U.S. officials: Al-Qaida behind Syria bombings

By Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Iraqi branch of al-Qaida, seeking to exploit the bloody turmoil in Syria to reassert its potency, carried out two recent bombings…

Greek Cabinet ministers quit; protesters clash with police

By Christine Pirovolakis and Alvise Armellini – ATHENS, Greece — The Greek government was rocked by a series of defections Friday as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of…

Woman, horse killed in hyperbaric chamber explosion

By Jeff Weiner, The Orlando Sentinel – OCALA, Fla. — A 28-year-old woman and a horse are dead after a hyperbaric chamber exploded at an equine-therapy center in Florida on Friday…

Two blasts kill at least 25 in Assad stronghold of Aleppo, Syria

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Twin bombings struck security buildings in the Syrian commercial hub of Aleppo on Friday, killing at least 25 and injuring 175,…

Commandant orders probe into use of Nazi symbols by Marines

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — Reacting to an uproar over Marines from Camp Pendleton posing with a flag showing a Nazi symbol, the commandant of the…

Westboro Church cancels plan to protest at Powell boys’ funeral

McClatchy Newspapers – TACOMA, Wash. — Westboro Baptist Church may not be coming for the Powell boys’ service after all. A Tweet sent from leader Fred Phelps Jr’s Twitter account…

Bloom after article’s publication: ‘I really hate being so hated’

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — University of Iowa journalism professor Stephen Bloom joked with friends and colleagues via email about needing “Kevlar clothes” the day his controversial…

3 killed in standoff at Florida RV park

3 killed in standoff at Florida RV park

By Juan Ortega and Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel – DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — A Port Orange man’s trip took a bizarre turn when he drove his family to a…

Cardinal adds voice against contraceptive rule: ‘We cannot — we will not — comply’

Chicago Tribune – As the White House prepared to announce changes in a controversial contraceptive rule today, Cardinal Francis George added his voice to a chorus of church leaders against the requirement that religious organizations cover…

US drone strike kills key al-Qaida operative

By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – ISLAMABAD — An apparent U.S. drone strike early Thursday in northwest Pakistan killed a top Pakistani Taliban commander also serving as a key al-Qaida…

Latest round of government attacks kills more than 100 in Syria

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Diplomats on Thursday were seeking new approaches to remedy the worsening conflict in Syria as opposition activists reported…

Chicago officials make plans for potential massive protests of G-8, NATO summits

By David Heinzmann and Jeff Coen, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — In Wisconsin, a group of environmentalists plans to bicycle to Chicago’s G-8 and NATO summits to protest an economy that…

US travel warning on Mexico is more precise on violent areas

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The U.S. State Department has issued an updated travel warning for tourists planning to visit Mexico, adding information on drug violence…

Average movie ticket price up to record $7.93 in 2011

By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The average movie ticket price in the U.S. climbed to an annual record of $7.93 in 2011, up from $7.89 the…

Westboro Church to picket Powell boys’ funeral

By Stacia Glenn, McClatchy Newspapers – TACOMA, Wash. — A notoriously anti-gay church plans to picket Saturday’s funeral for Charlie and Braden Powell and will be counterprotested by Occupy Seattle. Margie…

Marines posed with Nazi SS symbol in Afghanistan

By Abby Sewell and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Marine Corps is dealing with fallout from the revelation that a group of Marines based at…

Cruise ships banned from releasing sewage along Calif. coast

By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Cruise ships and large commercial vessels will be barred from releasing sewage within three miles of the California coast under a…

10 states granted waivers from ‘No Child Left Behind’ requirements

WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama will announce today that ten states that have agreed to implement bold reforms around standards and accountability will receive flexibility from the burdensome mandates…

Florida leads US in shark attacks

By Gary Taylor, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Even though it had fewer shark bites reported in 2011 than any year since 2004, Volusia County, Fla., continues to be…

Judge tosses out lawsuit seeking freedom for orcas at SeaWorld

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — A federal judge in San Diego on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that had…

Coal group tries to block climate scientist’s lecture at Penn State

By Anne Danahy, McClatchy Newspapers – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann’s upcoming talk at the university has been the target of a coal and gas interest…

Gay-marriage bill passes Washington House, heads to governor for her signature

By Andrew Garber, The Seattle Times – OLYMPIA, Wash. — Legislation legalizing gay marriage is on its way to the governor after passing the Washington House by a 55-43 vote. Gov.…

GOP tries to advance Keystone XL pipeline project

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Republicans continued efforts to advance the Keystone XL oil pipeline, hoping to bypass President Barack Obama’s decision to shelve the project and…

U.S. Gen. Dempsey heads to Egypt with relations on line

By Nancy A. Youssef, Jonathan S. Landay and Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — With $1.3 billion in annual U.S. military aid and a three-decade relationship hanging in the balance,…

Did GOP group skip out on South Carolina hotel bill?

By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times – ATLANTA — Newt Gingrich walked away from South Carolina with a big victory. Now a Republican group stands accused of walking away from a…

Alleged enforcer for Sinaloa Cartel arrested

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities have arrested a reputed enforcer for the country’s most powerful drug cartel — a man also alleged to have…

College sells morning-after pill from vending machine

By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A central Pennsylvania college is surprised to find itself the center of media attention this week simply for selling Plan B,…

Amtrak trains hit new high speeds in Midwest

By Jon Hilkevitch, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Amtrak passenger trains sped up to 110 mph for the first time Tuesday in western Michigan and northern Indiana on two routes serving…

White House will ‘work with’ religious groups on birth control rule

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Faced with continued blowback from a new rule on health insurance coverage for birth control, the White House on Tuesday emphasized that…

U.S. Gen. Dempsey heads to Egypt with relations on line

U.S. Gen. Dempsey heads to Egypt with relations on line

By Nancy A. Youssef, Jonathan S. Landay and Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — With $1.3 billion in annual U.S. military aid and a three-decade relationship hanging in the balance,…

Overtime bill pits needs of high-tech employers vs. workers

By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — High-tech workers across the country could see smaller paychecks under an industry-led campaign to revise labor laws to further limit overtime benefits. Some…

Student debt pushing more people toward bankruptcy, lawyers say

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Student-loan debt is pushing an increasing number of young people and their parents toward bankruptcy, according to a survey released Tuesday.…

Zuckerberg’s focus drives Facebook’s ascent

By Mike Swift, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — When Mark Zuckerberg showed up to rent Judy Fusco’s Los Altos, Calif., house in the fall of 2004, soon…

Rescuers search for missing after deadly Philippines earthquake

By Girlie Linao – MANILA, Philippines — Rescuers dug through debris and mud in the central Philippines Tuesday in search of nearly 100 missing a day after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake…

Obama refunds donations linked to family of Johnson County fugitive

Erin Jordan, CR Gazette – President Barack Obama’s campaign is returning about $200,000 in contributions collected by family members of a former University of Iowa student leader turned Mexican casino…

Egypt publishes names of 43 to be prosecuted for allegedly violating foreign funding laws

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Egyptian state media Monday published the names of 43 people accused in a politically explosive investigation of pro-democracy groups, saying they are…

US suspends operations at embassy in Syria; violence leaves dozens dead in Homs

US suspends operations at embassy in Syria; violence leaves dozens dead in Homs

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syrian government forces pressing a ferocious crackdown shelled the central city of Homs on Monday, opposition activists said,…

N.J. Senate panel votes to raise dropout age

By Leslie Brody, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — A bill that would require students to stay in school until they graduate or turn 18 passed the New Jersey…

Texas attorney general, minority groups reach agreement on redistricting plan

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Texas attorney general has reached an agreement with some minority groups on a plan aimed at resolving a stalemate over…

Entire staff at L.A. school to be replaced in wake of abuse allegations, superintendent says

Entire staff at L.A. school to be replaced in wake of abuse allegations, superintendent says

By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy told parents Monday evening that the district is replacing the entire staff of…