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Pool report from Vice President Xi’s tea reception in Muscatine

(MUSCATINE) – The following message is a Pool report from Xi Jinping’s visit to Muscatine, Iowa written by Owen Fletcher of The Wall Street Journal. People in the room at…

China, US politely air differences during Xi’s visit

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, that country’s likely next leader, urged the United States on Wednesday to reduce its “misunderstanding and suspicion” of…

Report: Chicago leads nation in corruption

By Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The Chicago area logged the most public corruption convictions of any federal jurisdiction in the United States during the past 36 years, according…

Many prisoners trapped in cells during ‘horrific’ Honduras fire

By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — Authorities said Wednesday that a fire at a prison in central Honduras killed at least 272 trapped inmates, and perhaps more…

Iowa City to consider zoning changes in university neighborhoods

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY – Iowa City is considering changes to its zoning code to limit the number of large apartment buildings cropping up in neighborhoods near…

Iowa Transportation Commission schedules public input meetings

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 14, 2012 – The Iowa Transportation Commission will conduct four public input meetings around the state during 2012. The meetings will give Iowans opportunities to present…

EU delays Greece bailout decision

By Alvise Armellini and Christine Pirovolakis – ATHENS, Greece — Greece was once again left hanging on Tuesday after eurozone finance ministers postponed for a second time the approval of…

Plans for private funeral for Houston dismay some fans

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Whitney Houston will be mourned by family and friends in a private service Saturday at the Newark, N.J., church where she…

China moves to limit broadcast of foreign TV shows

By Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Chinese television broadcasters have been ordered to stop showing foreign programs during prime time and limit the total amount of programming from…

Florida Senate rejects expansion of private prisons

By Steve Bousquet, McClatchy Newspapers – TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A massive expansion of private prisons in Florida collapsed in the Senate Tuesday as nine Republicans joined a dozen Democrats in handing…

Illinois could divert tax refunds of city debtors

By Hal Dardick and Ray Long, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to intercept millions of dollars in state income tax refunds this spring from people across…

Whitney Houston death probe focuses on drugs found in her room

By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The investigation into the death of Whitney Houston is shifting to a new phase, with officials focusing on…

BRIEF: US Supreme Court justice robbed at machete-point

Anne Walters – WASHINGTON — US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his wife were robbed during a vacation on the Caribbean island of Nevis by an intruder armed with…

Three explosions shake Bangkok; Iranian link suspected

By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – NEW DELHI — Three explosions reportedly linked to Iranian nationals rattled downtown Bangkok Tuesday, a day after an Israeli diplomatic vehicle was bombed in…

Seoul protesters want China to release North Korean defectors

By John M. Glionna and Jung-Yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — Angry demonstrators staged a rally on Tuesday near the Chinese embassy here to protest China’s state…

Cyber crooks target those looking for love

By Claudia Buck, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It started so sweetly. She was a lonely Yuba City, Calif., widow, looking for conversation online. He was an Auburn, Calif., architect,…

Child suicide bombers arrested again in Afghanistan

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Six months ago, in a moving ceremony held during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, President Hamid Karzai went on Afghanistan…

Lawsuit: Bus driver stood by while student was beaten

By Denise-Marie Balona, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The driver of a bus on which Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion was killed in November stood guard while he…

Wash. governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law

By Lornet Turnbull, The Seattle Times – OLYMPIA, Wash. — Surrounded by applauding gay couples and with media from around the country looking on, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday signed…

Hundreds of human bone fragments found in California well

By Sam Stanton, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a macabre series of discoveries, authorities unearthed 300 human bone fragments Sunday in an abandoned well near Linden, Calif., marking the…

Don’t miss the Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study’s online open house

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 13, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is reminding the public about the Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study’s online, self-directed,…

U.S. is eager to check out China’s future president

By Kevin G. Hallm, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrives in the United States on Monday for a high-profile visit where he’ll be honored as if…

Afghan provincial judge is killed amid campaign of assassinations

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — In Afghanistan, to be a judge is to be a target. Afghan officials on Sunday reported the assassination of a provincial…

U.N. Security Council heads to Haiti for firsthand look

By Jacqueline Charles and Stewart Stogel, McClatchy Newspapers – UNITED NATIONS — When a 15-member delegation of the U.N. Security Council arrives in Haiti Monday for an on-the-ground look at the…

Greek Parliament approves austerity bill as riots rage in Athens

By Christine Pirovolakis – ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s Parliament passed an austerity and debt-relief bill on Monday as rioters in Athens looted shops and set buildings on fire. The austerity…

The Afghanistan equation: U.S. + Taliban + Pakistan = peace?

By Peter Tomsen – Los Angeles Times – In 1989, soon after I was appointed U.S. special envoy and ambassador on Afghanistan, the late mujahedin commander Abdul Haq conveyed a warning…

Arab leaders call for new effort on Syria

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Arab leaders meeting in Cairo on Sunday called for a renewed United Nations attempt to help halt violence…

Officials trying to determine whether Houston drowned in bathtub

By Andrew Blankstein, Robert Faturechi and Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Officials investigating the death of Whitney Houston are trying to determine whether she drowned in…

FBI Background Investigation of Steve Jobs Released

The 191-page document, released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), consists of the FBI’s 1991 background investigation of Steve Jobs for an appointed position on the U.S. President’s Export…

Arab League seeks joint U.N force for Syria

By Omnia Al Desoukie, McClatchy Newspapers – CAIRO — The Arab League voted Sunday to seek a joint United Nations force for Syria as regional diplomats met in Cairo to discuss…

Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato ranked by U.S. News and World Report

Robb Murray, The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. – MANKATO —   Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato has been named a top regional hospital by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine…

$100 million lawsuit filed against sect leader Jeffs

By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times – LAS VEGAS — The onetime spokesman for Warren Jeffs has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the polygamous sect leader, saying Jeffs asked him…

Requirements for consumer health insurance summaries unveiled

By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has unveiled final regulations detailing the new summaries that the 2010 federal health law requires health insurance plans to…

Navy names littoral combat ship after Gabrielle Giffords

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Friday that the next Independence variant littoral combat ship will be named after Gabrielle Giffords,…

Ahmadinejad: Iran to disclose new nuclear projects soon

By Farshid Motahari – TEHRAN, Iran — Iran will disclose new nuclear projects in the coming days, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday. “Within the coming days we will witness (the)…

Saving lives through aviation technology

By Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — A small King Air turboprop took off last month into a sunny sky from Boeing Field, swung west, and sped straight toward…

Veterans give even more; 1 million sought for DNA data

By Jay Price, McClatchy Newspapers – DURHAM, N.C. — The procedure that could, in a way, make Master Sgt. Clarence Gray immortal was quick, simple and mundane. The 59-year-old Sanford, N.C.,…

Sub-zero temperatures strand thousands, kill more in Europe

By Dominika Maslikowski, Bori Babic and Clare Byrne – WARSAW, Poland — Freezing temperatures left thousands of people stranded without power in the Balkans and elsewhere in Europe on Saturday,…

Toilet-gate has California students flush with anger

By Theresa Harrington, Contra Costa Times – CONCORD, Calif. — Instead of beating the bell between classes at Mount Diablo High, senior Charles Campos often finds himself waiting frantically for a…

U.S. officials: Al-Qaida behind Syria bombings

By Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Iraqi branch of al-Qaida, seeking to exploit the bloody turmoil in Syria to reassert its potency, carried out two recent bombings…