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Soldier surprises children at Northwood school

By Kelli Lageson, Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – NORTHWOOD, Iowa — Three children got a special Christmas wish granted Monday afternoon, December 12th. Sgt. Thomas Estes, of Albert Lea’s Delta…

Battle over eagles’ impact on wind farm divides community

By Josephine Marcotty MINNEAPOLIS — A large number of eagles really are active around the footprint of a controversial wind farm under development in Goodhue County, according to a wildlife…

Southern California Edison office shooting victims, killer identified

By Irfan Khan and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Authorities on Saturday identified two men killed in a workplace shooting at a Southern California Edison office in…

Nuclear materials to Tehran discovered in luggage at Moscow airport

By Stefan Korshak MOSCOW — Inspectors at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport found 18 cylinders of radioactive Sodium-22 in luggage bound for Iran on Thursday and were searching for the shipment’s owners.…

Report alleges rampant abuse of Dutch Catholic children

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — Tens of thousands of Dutch children were sexually abused by priests and other Roman Catholic religious figures in the past half-century, but…

For Palestinians, prison time is a badge of honor

For Palestinians, prison time is a badge of honor

By Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers NEBI SALAH, West Bank — Uday Tamimi kept one eye on his family and the other on a line of Israeli military vehicles parked at…

Syrian refugees give firsthand account of slide into bloodshed

By Alexandra Zavis and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times WADI KHALED, Lebanon — In a rocky valley at the northern tip of Lebanon, three generations of a Syrian farming family…

At least 145 dead and 260 missing in floods and landslides in Philippines

By Girlie Linao MANILA — At least 145 people were killed and 260 missing in floods and landslides triggered by a tropical storm in the southern Philippines, disaster relief and…

NATO ends Iraq mission as drama unfolds in Green Zone

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers BAGHDAD, Iraq — As U.S. troops prepared their final departure from Iraq, NATO regretfully closed down its small but highly effective training mission in Baghdad…

Publication of Rules to Defer Regulation of Biogenic CO2 Emissions

The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) approved publication of Adopted & Filed rules (final rules) to amend air quality rules for greenhouse gas emissions on November 15. These rules implement recent…

Electric vehicles often unfamiliar for drivers and mechanics

By Mark Glover, McClatchy Newspapers SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Those electric vehicles popping up in driveways look a lot like their gas-powered cousins. But under the hood, they’re different machines, and…

Drivers change oil too often, California officials say

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Many automobile owners are spending more than they need on motor oil, believing that it should be changed every 3,000 miles…

Last US base in Iraq prepares to turn out the lights

Last US base in Iraq prepares to turn out the lights

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers CAMP ADDER, Iraq — The young Army officer who’s in charge of logistics at the last U.S. base in Iraq is a Sudanese refugee, one…

Pakistan says its troops fought NATO in self-defense

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Pakistani officials acknowledged Thursday that their troops fired machine guns and artillery in the direction of U.S. helicopters that were attacking them…

Seven injured miners rescued from mile-deep Idaho shaft

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times SEATTLE — Seven miners have been pulled safely from an Idaho mine after a sudden rock burst left them injured more than a mile…

Vermont fraternity suspended for survey question on rape preference

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — A University of Vermont fraternity has been suspended and could face further discipline after it circulated a survey asking members to…

Officials continue rescue, retrieval efforts after thousands of birds crash in Utah

By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Wildlife officials were hauling away the dead and rescuing the survivors days after thousands of birds slammed into a Wal-Mart parking…

White House, Pentagon won’t probe story of Medal of Honor winner

White House, Pentagon won’t probe story of Medal of Honor winner

By Lesley Clark WASHINGTON — The White House and the Pentagon said Thursday that they wouldn’t investigate embellishments in the Marine Corps’ account of the actions that led to Marine…

NIH adopts plan to cut use of chimps in medical research

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health said Thursday that it would curtail its use of chimpanzees in medical research, suspending new chimp research grants…

In rebellious Wukan, China, a rare sight: No authorities

In rebellious Wukan, China, a rare sight: No authorities

By Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Newspapers WUKAN, China — It’s the Chinese Communist Party’s nightmare in miniature: Locals stage protests against their land being taken away by shady real estate deals,…

Pattern of civil rights abuses alleged in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County

By Richard A. Serrano and Ashley Powers, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Phoenix-based department repeatedly arrested Latinos illegally, abused them in the county jails and failed to…

US mission ends in Iraq, but war’s wounds remain raw

US mission ends in Iraq, but war’s wounds remain raw

By David S. Cloud and David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD — After nearly nine years of war, the loss of more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of…

U.S. Justice Department says Arizona Sheriff Arpaio violated civil rights laws

In a 22 page report, the U.S. Justice Department has accused Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio with violating the civil rights of Latinos under his jurisdiction. “We notified MCSO…

Tanker truck blast shuts L.A.-area freeway, sparks fire that damages bridge

Tanker truck blast shuts L.A.-area freeway, sparks fire that damages bridge

By Angel Jennings, Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A tanker truck filled with thousands of gallons of gasoline exploded on the 60 Freeway…

Wastewater Discharges to Des Moines River Following Equipment Failure

Malfunctioning equipment at a pumping station led to a wastewater discharge to the Des Moines River on Monday. The city of Des Moines estimates that 378,000 gallons of untreated wastewater…

Illinois Man Injured Sunday While Hunting in Iowa

An Illinois man was injured Sunday while hunting deer in Monona County. Seth Johnson, 30, of Plainfield, Ill., was hunting in a group of approximately 10 other hunters, when a…

Holder denounces state laws that restrict voting

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder denounced recent state laws that restrict voting and, citing the long struggle to ensure voting rights for…

West seeks Saudi Arabia’s help on Iran oil sanctions

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — In a new effort to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear program, the Obama administration and its European allies are asking Saudi…

Marine Corps apologizes for Purple Heart Christmas mixup

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps apologized Tuesday for mistakenly sending Purple Heart Christmas ornaments to the families of 1,150 deceased Marines and sailors.…

Pipeline safety bill clears Congress, headed to president

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — A pipeline safety bill approved by the Senate on Tuesday night was headed to President Barack Obama for his expected signature. The…

Russian billionaire to challenge Putin

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — The Russian billionaire who also owns the New Jersey Nets basketball team announced he will challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency…

Supreme Court to review Arizona immigration law

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide in coming months whether Arizona and other states can target illegal immigrants for arrest, setting the…

Lawyers for Philadelphia cleric in sex-abuse scandal claim unfair smears by prosecutors

By John P. Martin, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — The monsignor awaiting trial for allegedly protecting pedophile priests has been wrongly smeared by prosecutors and in fact exercised “good judgment”…

Blockade draws thousands to disrupt Port of Oakland

Blockade draws thousands to disrupt Port of Oakland

By Cecily Burt and Katy Murphy, Oakland Tribune OAKLAND, Calif. — Thousands of Occupy protesters on Monday descended in two waves at the Port of Oakland, disrupting operations at several…

Emergency Texas GOP appeal granted, putting redistricting plans on hold

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court granted an emergency appeal Friday night from Texas Republicans, putting on hold a redistricting map drawn by judges…

Europe takes a big step on debt, EU integration

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — European leaders closed a pivotal week Friday with an agreement in principle to join a new treaty that would force all but…

Britain’s rejection of EU treaty lays bare widening rift it has with its neighbors

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — By agreeing to knit their nations closer together on fiscal and economic policy, Europe’s leaders are writing a potentially momentous new chapter…

Appeals court seems reluctant to throw out judge’s ruling on measure that banned same-sex marriage

Appeals court seems reluctant to throw out judge’s ruling on measure that banned same-sex marriage

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court appeared unlikely Thursday to throw out a ruling against Proposition 8, the 2008 California measure that banned…

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