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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…

With rocket in pieces, concern now turns to what North Korea will do next

With rocket in pieces, concern now turns to what North Korea will do next

By Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIJING — After the embarrassment of a much-publicized rocket launch ending in explosion, North Korea offered a new puzzle Friday for international observers: What will…

Coralville’s bond ratings take hit on hotel costs, TIF reliance

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – A rating agency Tuesday downgraded $194 million of Coralville municipal debt, citing the city’s heavy borrowing against tax increment finance (TIF) funds and need to…

Car design hinders use of child safety seats, report says

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Child safety seats are difficult to properly install in cars, according to an insurance industry research group, because of the design…

Warm March across US shatters records

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The weird warmth of March brought out the tank tops and shorts in many parts of the country. In fact, it was the…

Nebraska lawmakers move ahead on finding new route for Keystone pipeline

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — The on-again, off-again Keystone XL pipeline gained new traction this week in Nebraska. State legislators authorized the state Department of Environmental Quality…

North Korea satellite launch fails quickly after liftoff

By Barbara Demick And Jung-Yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea failed in its much-hyped effort to launch a satellite into space Friday, undercutting its claims…

Cease-fire begins in Syria

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIRUT — Syrian government forces appeared Thursday largely to have ended their attacks on anti-government strongholds, adhering to a United Nations-brokered cease-fire. But the United…

6.9 quake shakes Baja California, but no tsunami expected

By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A magnitude-6.9 earthquake shook Baja California early Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but no tsunami was expected…

Accusations of massacres and continued fighting as Syria deadline looms

Accusations of massacres and continued fighting as Syria deadline looms

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIRUT — Syrian security forces on Wednesday undertook fewer military operations involving armor and heavy artillery ahead of Thursday’s cease-fire deadline but conducted raids…

Zimmerman is jailed on second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin shooting

Zimmerman is jailed on second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin shooting

By Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — On a rainy night in February, George Zimmerman fired a single shot, killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and…

Another big earthquake hits Mexico; no major damage reported

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake hit Mexico on Wednesday, the second in three weeks. There were no immediate reports of major damage…

Construction of new residence hall to begin this summer in Iowa City

Construction of new residence hall to begin this summer in Iowa City

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa today said that construction of a new 10-story residence hall will begin this summer. “Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on a…

Eight taxi drivers slain in Mexican city

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — Gunmen killed eight taxi drivers Tuesday as they waited for fares on a busy street in the northern Mexico city…

Minneapolis Mayor faces testy crowd at a forum on Vikings stadium

Eric Roper, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak brought his controversial plan to fund a Minnesota Vikings stadium to the voters on Tuesday night at a testy but…

Quran-burning pastor to host Zimmerman rally in Sanford

By Jeff Weiner, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Controversial Gainesville, Fla., pastor Terry Jones plans to hold a rally in Sanford on Saturday in support of George Zimmerman, the…

As North Korea readies rocket test, US policy faulted

As North Korea readies rocket test, US policy faulted

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — As North Korea said Tuesday that it was ready to launch a long-range rocket later this week, prompting stern criticism from U.S.…

Boy, 6, killed in wood chipper mishap

By Christine Dempsey, The Hartford Courant – SALEM, Conn. — A 6-year-old died Tuesday morning after he was pulled into a wood chipper. The accident, which was witnessed by two…

Navy grounds Fire Scout helicopter drones after 2 crashes

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Navy has grounded a fleet of helicopter drones after two of the aircraft crashed overseas within a week.…