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Chicago grants permit for protest march during NATO summit

By David Heinzmann, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — After weeks of disagreement, the city of Chicago and anti-war demonstrators have settled on an alternate route for a protest march on the…

Roadside bomb kills six civilians in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD — At least six people were killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb struck a pickup in Pakistan’s restive northwest, an official said. The incident occurred in Jamrud town in…

Bomb at Mogadishu theater kills 10, including Somali sports officials

By Lutfi Sheriff Mohammed and Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times – MOGADISHU, Somalia — It was supposed to be a symbol of hope: The newly reopened National Theater was the most…

Spoon with white powder found in Whitney Houston’s hotel room, report says

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Investigators found a white, crystalline substance and spoon with residue in the Beverly Hills hotel room where Whitney Houston died in…

Suicide bomber targets NATO troops, Afghan police

By Aimal Yaqubi and Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber attacked a group of NATO service members and Afghan security officials in northern Afghanistan on…

A real-life ‘Hunger Games’

MCT FORUM – By Blaine Harden, Los Angeles Times – Joining my 9-year-old daughter and a sizable slice of the American population, I queued up last week to watch “The Hunger Games.”…

3 U.S. soldiers among dead in northern Afghanistan

By Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — Three American soldiers were among at least nine people who were killed Wednesday when a suicide bomber wearing civilian clothes blew himself…

Tornadoes damage hundreds of homes in Texas

Tornadoes damage hundreds of homes in Texas

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — By the time the ominous black and gray clouds cleared, meteorologists had classified the tornado on their five-point scale as an EF…

Salmonella outbreak sickens scores across US

By Ryan Haggerty, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Ninety-three people have been sickened by a nationwide salmonella outbreak, but a source of the cases has not been confirmed yet, health officials…

Death penalty trial of five 9/11 suspects to resume at Guantanamo

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The Pentagon on Wednesday cleared the way for a death penalty trial against five Guantanamo Bay captives charged with engineering the Sept. 11,…

Court overturns order in woman’s will to put her cat to death

By Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Boots, an 11-year-old cat from Berwyn, Ill., has narrowly avoided using up the last of her nine lives, thanks to trust officers at…

Florida is fertile ground for pro-gun laws

By Toluse Olorunnipa, McClatchy Newspapers – TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., brought an avalanche of criticism directed at Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Yet…

Trayvon Martin coverage: Republicans, many whites say ‘enough’

By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A majority of Republicans say the media have gone overboard with their coverage of the Trayvon Martin slaying, and 43 percent…

80-year-old woman lands plane for dying pilot — her husband

By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Flight conditions were ideal as the Cessna twin-engine plane flew through the clouds above Sturgeon Bay, Wis. There was a very…

Man’s foot amputated after being shot during NCAA game celebration

By Jim Warren, McClatchy Newspapers – LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky man’s foot was amputated after he was wounded in a shooting incident early Tuesday, Lexington police said. The victim’s name…

Alaska’s Supreme Court reviews federal gun-shop liability law

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — A Bush-era federal law that protects gun dealers from being liable for murders committed with guns from their shops is under fire in…

Cross at Chicago Catholic church vandalized

By Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A copper cross that has stood at a Chicago Catholic parish since 1895 was vandalized late Monday or early Tuesday, according to police…

Lawsuit to block Coralville’s Von Maur deal marches on

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – The City of Coralville and Von Maur may have to decide whether to go forward with a deal to bring the department store chain to…

U.S. offers $10-million bounty for Pakistani militant chief

By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The U.S. government has set a $10-million bounty on Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the founder of a Pakistani militant group with suspected…

At White House summit, drug violence dominates agenda

At White House summit, drug violence dominates agenda

By Kathleen B. Hennessey and Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama hosted the leaders of Mexico and Canada on Monday in a White House summit aimed…

Torture of children, rape by Syrian army ‘routine,’ ex-soldiers say

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers – DOMZIN, Iraq — In addition to shooting unarmed civilians, Syrian military personnel routinely have raped women and girls, tortured children and encouraged troops to loot…

Syrian military kills civilians in reprisals, ‘executes own troops,’ defectors say

Syrian military kills civilians in reprisals, ‘executes own troops,’ defectors say

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers – DOMZIN, Iraq — Former Syrian soldiers who have escaped to northern Iraq are telling grisly stories of how their units executed unarmed civilians for demonstrating…

Icing, pilot error blamed in Russian plane crash

By Stefan Korshak MOSCOW — A Russian airplane crash that killed 31 people Monday was likely caused by a combination of pilot error and fuselage icing, local media reported Tuesday.…

Los Angeles mayor rejects study’s findings, lauds city’s anti-gang efforts

By Ian Duncan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took issue Monday with a study that said there is no evidence a multimillion-dollar anti-gang program has…

Mexican President Calderon calls for assault weapon ban in US

Mexican President Calderon calls for assault weapon ban in US

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday pushed for a revival of a ban on assault weapons in the U.S., arguing that the…

ATF offers reward in Des Moines gun store burglary

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division and the Des Moines Police Department announced today ATF is offering a reward of $2,500…

JetBlue Pilot Charged with Interference with a Flight Crew

AMARILLO, TX—A federal criminal complaint was filed in the Northern District of Texas today that charges JetBlue pilot Clayton Frederick Osbon, 49, with interference with a flight crew, announced U.S.…

US sees no signs of Assad’s grip loosening in Syria, congressman says

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence agencies don’t see signs that Syrian President Bashar Assad is losing his grip on power, said the chairman of the…

In Yemen, lines blur as U.S. steps up airstrikes

By Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A surveillance aircraft operated by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command flew over southeast Yemen on the evening…

More than 1,000 rally in Miami to demand action in Trayvon Martin’s death

More than 1,000 rally in Miami to demand action in Trayvon Martin’s death

By David Ovalle and Diana Moskovitz, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — As more than 1,000 people flocked to Miami’s Bayfront Park Sunday under a blazing sun, Trayvon Martin’s hometown rolled out…

Google’s self-driving car takes blind man on errands

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A self-driving car being developed by Google Inc. took a blind man for a ride this week, driving him to a…

More suburban teens turning from pills to heroin, authorities say

By Ed Fletcher, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Heroin, a drug most often associated with the gritty back alleys of big cities, is making a surprising surge in suburban, affluent…

Black church leads fight against AIDS with HIV testing

By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — It’s been three decades since HIV and AIDS invaded Chicago’s South Side and surrounded Bray Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Englewood.…

Defending the hoodie: Garment no reason to stereotype, students say

By Denisa R. Superville, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — Sean O’Reilly was 16 when his mother gave him the talk that most black parents give their teenage sons.…

Mob attacks bring call for earlier curfew

Matt McKinney, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – After a string of random youth-on-youth attacks along Nicollet Mall, the Minneapolis Police Department has asked the city attorney’s office if it can impose an…

Hoodie evolves into a symbol of protest

By Dahleen Glanton and Dawn Rhodes, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Knowles has an array of hoodies hanging in his dorm room closet, scattered among his suits, dress shirts…

One face of the Syrian revolt: a jihadi comes home

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – NEAR RAMTHA, Jordan — Outside a Bedouin shepherd’s tent, in view of the Syrian border, Abu Khalid sits in the grass, a laptop perched on…

Obama clears way for tightened sanctions on Iran

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration cleared the way for tightening sanctions on Iran with a determination that a reduction in the global purchases of…

Food aid for North Korea scuttled, administration says

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it has dropped plans to provide 240,000 metric tons of food aid for North Korea over Pyongyang’s plans to…

Shell drilling plan fails to account for risk factors in Arctic, report says

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON—Days after the Obama administration approved Royal Dutch Shell’s oil spill response plan for drilling in the Arctic Ocean off the Alaskan coast, an…