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Suicide vests founds inside Afghan defense ministry

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — In what would be one of the more serious security breaches to hit an Afghan government installation, nearly a dozen suicide…

Pope arrives in Havana to meet at least one Castro

Pope arrives in Havana to meet at least one Castro

By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times – HAVANA — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the Cuban capital Tuesday ahead of a highly anticipated private meeting with President Raul Castro and, possibly,…

11 killed, 29 injured by roadside bomb in India

By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – NEW DELHI — A roadside bomb killed 11 paramilitary officers and wounded 29 others Tuesday as they were traveling in a minibus in India’s…

Appeals court united on compensation for bone marrow donors

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Displaying rare unanimity on an issue, the full U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a request by…

Hackers claim to have exposed nearly 171,000 military email accounts

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES —The hacker group known as LulzSec appears to be back after many months of laying low, claiming to have exposed the accounts…

Unusually windy, dry March fuels deadly Colorado wildfire

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — Fire officials were hopeful Tuesday that calmer winds would help them bring a wildfire under control that has burned more than 3,000…

Vikings stadium: Minneapolis leaders deliver show of support

Doug Belden, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Responding to a longstanding request from state lawmakers, Minneapolis leaders delivered a show of support for a new Vikings stadium Monday, March 26…

Cancer research targets a key cell protein

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Blocking “don’t destroy me” signals that normally sit on the surface of tumor cells and render them resistant to immune-cell attack…

Minnesota porn-star prom date formally disallowed

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – An Oakdale high school senior is being prevented from bringing his chosen date — a porn actress — to prom. Mike Stone tweeted one member…

Iowan struck and killed by semi

From the Waterloo Police Department: On March 25, 2012, at approximately 9:15 PM, Waterloo Police responded to US Highway 20 eastbound near the Highway 63 exit on report of a…

Car and moped accident kills one in Waterloo on Sunday

From the Waterloo Police Department: On Sunday, March 25, 2012 at approximately 1:15 PM, Waterloo Police responded to an motor vehicle accident at Fletcher Avenue and University Avenue. Upon arrival,…

Treasury Report: Now is the Key Time to Invest in Infrastructure

​Investments in Transportation Projects Create Jobs in Sectors Where Nearly 90 Percent of Jobs Have Middle-Class Wages WASHINGTON – A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Treasury with…

Roadside bomb kills U.S. soldier, eight Afghans in southern Afghanistan

By Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb exploded in Kandahar province on Saturday night, killing a U.S. soldier, seven Afghan police officers and an Afghan translator,…

Obama urges North Korea, Iran to drop nuclear programs

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – SEOUL, South Korea — President Barack Obama on Monday made a direct appeal to the leaders of North Korea and Iran, urging them to…

Third Chicago-area high school student in three months struck, killed by train

By Erin Meyer, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The third Lake Forest High School student struck and killed by a Metra train in the Chicago area since the beginning of the…

NATO staffers to check out Chicago in preparation for May summit

By Kathy Bergen, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Hundreds of NATO staffers are visiting Chicago this week to scope out the city in advance of the May 20-21 meetings for the…

Medicaid could be in Supreme Court’s sights

By David G. Savage and Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Ever since the Democratic Congress passed President Barack Obama’s health care law, critics have focused their ire…

Pope skirts politics, urges Mexicans to seek pure heart

Pope skirts politics, urges Mexicans to seek pure heart

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers – MEXICO CITY — Pope Benedict XVI donned a sombrero Sunday and stayed away from politics in his first open-air Mass in Latin America, urging Roman…

Missile shoot-down order by Japan likely Friday amid preparations for N. Korean launch

The Yomiuri Shimbun – TOKYO — A Japanese government order to shoot down a North Korean missile scheduled to be launched next month could come as soon as Friday, government…

Outrage unites people of all colors, but divide still exists

By Jeff Kunerth and Bianca Prieto, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The rolling outrage over the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Fla., has found…

President’s weekly address: Pass transportation bill

In his weekly address, President Obama calls on everyone to tell their elected officials to pass a bipartisan transportation bill that will support American construction workers and our economy. President…

Iowa DCI Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

Boone, Iowa — This morning the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Boone Police Department, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation continue to investigate a shooting incident involving several law enforcement…

Obama’s health care law not resonating with public

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama and his allies gear up to defend the landmark health care law he signed two years ago,…

Cheney undergoes heart transplant after 20-month wait

By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Former Vice President Dick Cheney had a heart transplant Saturday morning after waiting more than 20 months on a transplant list,…

More than 1,000 turn out in D.C. to protest Trayvon Martin’s killing

More than 1,000 turn out in D.C. to protest Trayvon Martin’s killing

By Erika Bolstad, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Supporters of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin gathered Saturday in the nation’s capital, continuing protests that have spanned from Miami schools to New York City…

Parents of black teens find Trayvon Martin case hits close to home

By Dahleen Glanton, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — When their son was about to enter his teens, Paul and Jeanne Miller of Flossmoor decided it was time to have the talk.…

Catholic Church’s role in Cuba has grown since last papal visit

By Franco Ordonez and Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – HAVANA — When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Cuba on Monday, 14 years after the last papal visit, he’ll find the…

Obama weighs in on Trayvon Martin’s killing

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Declaring that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” President Barack Obama chose a highly personal…

Fury over Trayvon Martin shooting grows

Fury over Trayvon Martin shooting grows

By David Ovalle and Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers – SANFORD, Fla. — The aftershocks of Trayvon Martin’s killing continued to reverberate Thursday from Sanford to South Florida, as the embattled police…

Thousands join Sharpton at rally calling for ‘justice’ in Trayvon Martin case

Thousands join Sharpton at rally calling for ‘justice’ in Trayvon Martin case

By Jeff Weiner, Jon Busdeker and Martin Comas, The Orlando Sentinel – SANFORD, Fla.—They came seeking justice for Trayvon Martin. (PHOTO: Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a rally after the shooting death…

University of Illinois president resigns amid discord

By Jodi S. Cohen, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — When University of Illinois President Michael Hogan took over 20 months ago following an embarrassing scandal, his supporters championed him as a…

U.S. intelligence: Looming water woes will add to global instability

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Floods and water shortages in the next 30 years will make it hard for many countries to keep up with growing demand for…

EU home to 400 `lone wolves,’ expert says

By Alvise Armellini – BRUSSELS — The serial-killer suspect who died after a 32-hour stand-off with French police was one of about 400 al-Qaida trained extremists in the European Union,…

1,000,000 Hoodie March coming to Iowa City

A teen, Trayvon Martin, was gunned down in Florida this month.  The killing has sparked outrage across America.  Now, a movement to bring awareness has spread to Iowa. The “1,000,000…

City leaders pass no-confidence vote in Sanford police chief; protests spread to New York

City leaders pass no-confidence vote in Sanford police chief; protests spread to New York

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – SANFORD, Fla. — In a tense meeting Wednesday that highlighted growing tensions over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, city commissioners here…

French serial-killing suspect dead after police shootout

French serial-killing suspect dead after police shootout

By Alexandra Mayer-Hohdahl and Clare Byrne – TOULOUSE, France — The 23-year-old man suspected in a string of fatal shootings in France was found dead Thursday, after he jumped out…

Asian population grows faster than any other ethnic group in U.S.

By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Asian population of the United States grew faster than any other racial or ethnic group in the last decade, according…

California struggles to set up early quake warning system

By Hector Becerra and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Japan has one. So do Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey and Romania. But California has struggled to develop and deploy…

Remains of Korean War POW return home after 60 years

By Becky Schlikerman, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — For 60 years, Army Cpl. Chester Roper’s family wondered what happened to the young man who went to fight in the Korean War.…

Graduates, supporters of Iowa deaf school question leadership change

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – Some graduates and supporters of the Iowa School for the Deaf say it is not acceptable for the school to have a superintendent who is…