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US says offshore oil drill to be deployed in Cuba is OK

By Juan O. Tamayo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — U.S. Coast Guard and environmental safety officials have inspected and OK’d an offshore oil drilling platform headed to Cuba, under an unusual…

Another N.J. synagogue attacked

By Deena Yellin, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — Jewish leaders and law enforcement officials are tightening security measures as investigators search for the culprit who firebombed a Rutherford,…

Missouri man helps recover stolen meteorite

By Jonah Newman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — Tim Heitz knows a meteorite when he sees one. The self-titled Midwest Meteorman has been collecting the space rocks ever since…

Hunter Dies After Falling from Tree Stand in Monona, Iowa

A Harlan man was killed Tuesday evening after falling from a tree stand while hunting deer in Monona County. Corey Custer, 21, was coming out of his tree stand at…

Rainbow Trout for 2013 Are Being Spawned Now in Iowa

Rainbow Trout for 2013 Are Being Spawned Now in Iowa

Sliding the last tray into the shelves along a wall, Tom Rohde could look down at a morning’s work; 100,000 future trout—give or take a few thousand—now beginning the hatching…

Home Depot in Joplin reopens amid questions

By Mike McGraw, McClatchy Newspapers – JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Home Depot store, where seven people died May 22 when the building catastrophically collapsed during an EF-5 tornado, reopened Wednesday…

Bans on plastic bags haven’t caught on everywhere

Bans on plastic bags haven’t caught on everywhere

By Anna M. Tinsley, McClatchy Newspapers – FORT WORTH, Texas — There’s a new tumbleweed in town. The old-fashioned tumbleweeds that long exemplified empty, desolate places have been replaced by a…

Stem cell trial’s end shocks patient, researcher

Stem cell trial’s end shocks patient, researcher

By Cynthia Dizikes, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Dr. Richard Fessler leaned over his patient’s back and sliced through skin, muscle and bone until he exposed the man’s spinal cord, crushed…

Another Iranian nuclear scientist killed; Israel blamed

Another Iranian nuclear scientist killed; Israel blamed

By Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers – JERUSALEM — An Iranian scientist working at a key nuclear facility in that country was killed Wednesday in Tehran, the latest act in what appears…

Iowa City council gives green light to traffic cameras

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette –   IOWA CITY – A split City Council signaled Tuesday night it was ready to move forward with red-light cameras in Iowa City. The council…

Sexual assaults are up at Naval Academy — or are they?

By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun – BALTIMORE — Reports of sexual assaults at the Naval Academy doubled last year, the fourth straight year the number has increased, according to…

Barricades removed from Occupy Wall Street Zuccotti Park

By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Barricades surrounding the park in lower Manhattan where the Occupy Wall Street movement was born were removed Tuesday, with considerable less…

Homicide no longer a leading cause of death

By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Homicide was not one of the nation’s top 15 causes of death in 2010, according to new government statistics. That’s the…

Volcanic eruptions subsiding off Canary Islands

By Sinikka Tarvainen   SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain — Undersea volcanic eruptions off the Spanish Canary Island of El Hierro appear to be subsiding, three months after they began,…

Haiti experiences progress, exasperation 2 years after quake

Haiti experiences progress, exasperation 2 years after quake

By Jacqueline Charles and Nancy San Martin, McClatchy Newspapers – PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti —In public squares where dirty, overcrowded tents once housed thousands of homeless quake victims, children now ride bikes and…

Are Afghan forces ready to go it alone?

By Gol Ahmad Ehsan, The Institute for War & Peace Reporting – LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — As the Afghan military and police take charge of providing security in ever-increasing portions of…

Pakistan speeds pursuit of Iranian pipeline, defying US

Pakistan speeds pursuit of Iranian pipeline, defying US

By Tom Hussain, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD — With a decision to fast-track the construction of a natural gas pipeline from Iran, Pakistan is underscoring not only the energy needs of…

Pakistan’s prime minister fires defense secretary

By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s prime minister fired the country’s defense secretary Wednesday for “gross misconduct and illegal action,” the latest salvo in a growing conflict…

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…