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Iowa DNR Awards Watershed Improvement Projects

Six contracts with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Division of Soil Conservation for five watershed improvement projects and one water quality-farming education project were approved Dec. 20…

5 Polish soldiers killed by bomb in Afghanistan

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb killed five Polish soldiers in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said, marking that country’s largest single troop…

Crisis-hit Spaniards pin hopes on world’s biggest lottery

By Sinikka Tarvainen MADRID — Spaniards impoverished by the economic crisis are pinning their hopes on the world’s biggest lottery, which will shower prizes worth a total of $3.3 billion…

Jury awards $150 billion to family of burned boy

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — A Texas jury has awarded a record $150 billion in punitive damages to the parents and estate of Robert Ray “Robbie”…

Texas Gains the Most in Population Since the Census

First Population Estimates Since 2010 Show Slowest National Growth Since the 1940s Texas gained more people than any other state between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011 (529,000), followed…

Death toll in floods in Philippines surpasses 950

MANILA, Philippines — The death toll from devastating floods in the Philippines reached 957 after bodies swept to sea were retrieved, the Office of Civil Defense said Tuesday. The southern…

North Dakota flood victims still await aid

North Dakota flood victims still await aid

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – MINOT, N.D. — In the middle of winter, when the temperature slips toward zero and bone-numbing winds blow in off the prairie, living…

Seattle approves ban on plastic shopping bags

By Lynn Thompson, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — The fight over plastic bags could move to the Washington state Legislature in the coming session as environmentalists seek to expand…

5 dead in small plane crash in New Jersey

By Shawn Boburg, Hannan Adely, Chris Harris and Rebecca O’Brien The Record (Hackensack N.J.) MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A small plane that took off from Teterboro, N.J., Tuesday morning crashed…

Sports complex pushing forward in Ft. Madison, Iowa

Jeff Hunt – The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – FORT MADISON – When Matt Morris, president of the Fort Madison Bank and Trust Co., told the Lee County Board of…

FACT SHEET: The United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

FACT SHEET: The United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

“The goal is as simple as it is profound: to empower half the world’s population as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by…

World leaders react to death of Kim Jong Il

World leaders react to death of Kim Jong Il

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — World leaders weighed in Monday on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, with many expressing wary optimism…

Drummond column: Man donates sperm, fathers over a dozen children

Tammerlin Drummond, The Oakland Tribune, Calif. – Trent Arsenault was raised in Missouri in the heart of the Bible Belt — the son of an evangelical preacher. Perhaps that helps to…

Crew of stricken Antarctic fishing boat awaits air drop

By David Barber WELLINGTON, New Zealand—The crew fighting to stop their iceberg-damaged fishing boat from sinking in the Antarctic waited Monday for an air drop of equipment to help them…

Philippines death toll from storm rises to more than 700

By John M. Glionna – LA TIMES – SEOUL, South Korea — The death toll from a devastating late-season storm in the southern Philippines rose to more than 700 Sunday…

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies

By Barbara Demick and John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the mercurial strongman who styled himself as a “Dear…

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…