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Activists block Texas Keystone pipeline site

By From wire service reports on Sept. 05, 2012, at 8:56 p.m.
Activists battling a new oil pipeline chained themselves to bulldozers in Texas on Wednesday, temporarily halting route-clearance work in the latest protest against the Keystone XL project to carry oil from the tar sands of northern Canada. The activists targeted the southern portion of the project, which doesn’t require an …

Mars rover begins trek to new destination

By From wire service reports on Aug. 29, 2012, at 9:16 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — The Mars rover Curiosity headed east Tuesday, driving 52 feet toward a spot where it will use its robotic arm for the first time to drill into bedrock. It’ll take weeks for the six-wheel NASA rover to reach the site called Glenelg about a quarter mile away. …

Grizzly attacks, kills lone hiker in Alaska’s Denali Park

By From wire service reports on Aug. 26, 2012, at 8:24 p.m.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A grizzly attacked and killed a lone backpacker in Denali National Park and Preserve on Friday after the man encountered the bear next to a river and lingered there snapping pictures, according to the National Park Service. The death is the first fatal bear mauling in Alaska …

Fox’s U.S. TV station licenses challenged

By From wire service reports on Aug. 22, 2012, at 9:18 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — A public policy watchdog group has asked the Federal Communications Commission to strip News Corp.’s Fox Broadcasting of licenses it has to operate television stations. Citing the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed News Corp.-owned newspapers in Britain, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a petition …

Sword-wielding robber killed at Vegas Dairy Queen

By From wire service reports on Aug. 19, 2012, at 9:17 p.m.
LAS VEGAS — Police say a clerk at a Las Vegas Dairy Queen shot and killed a sword-wielding, masked man who tried to rob the restaurant. Detectives say the suspect was shot twice and was lying just outside the doors when officers arrived around 12:15 p.m. Sunday. The suspect died …

Judge won’t halt Pa. voter identification law

By From wire service reports on Aug. 15, 2012, at 9:15 p.m.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A tough new voter identification law championed by Republicans can take effect in Pennsylvania for November’s presidential election, a judge ruled Wednesday, despite a torrent of criticism that it will suppress votes among President Barack Obama’s supporters and make it harder for the elderly, disabled, poor and …

Higher retail spending lifts hopes for US economy

By From wire service reports on Aug. 14, 2012, at 8:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Americans increased their retail spending in July by the most in five months, opening their wallets after a frugal spring and offering hope that the slumping economy may rebound in the second half of the year. Retail spending rose in every major category, from electronics and sporting goods …

3 reported dead in shootout near Texas A&M

By From wire service reports on Aug. 13, 2012, at 9:36 p.m.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Three people died, including a Brazos County constable and a reported gunman, in a shootout Monday afternoon in College Station, according to police. A 65-year-old male bystander also was killed in the shooting at a home near the Texas A&M University campus, Assistant Police Chief Scott …

NYC man pleads guilty in boy’s dismemberment death

By From wire service reports on Aug. 09, 2012, at 9:37 p.m.
NEW YORK — A man accused in the horrific abduction and dismemberment of an 8-year-old boy from a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community pleaded guilty on Thursday — a deal that will put him behind bars for at least 40 years and avoid a heart-wrenching trial. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes …

Names in the news, Aug. 10

By From wire service reports on Aug. 09, 2012, at 4:40 p.m.
Country singer Randy Travis was lying in the middle of the road with no car in sight when another driver spotted him and called 911, according to a recording released Thursday. “I just found a guy laying in the road,” the caller said in a recording released by the Grayson …

Romney tops Obama’s July fundraising by $25 million

By From wire service reports on Aug. 06, 2012, at 8:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON — For the third month in a row, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney’s campaign outraised the re-election effort of President Barack Obama, scooping up $101.3 million, while the president pulled in more $75 million. The Obama campaign said on Twitter Monday that 201,000 of those who donated in July …

James Holmes charged with first-degree murder in theater shootings

By From wire service reports on July 30, 2012, at 10:38 p.m.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James E. Holmes was formally charged Monday with 142 criminal counts, including 24 of first-degree murder, in connection with the shooting rampage at a suburban movie theater showing the latest Batman movie. Holmes appeared in the courtroom in the Arapahoe County Courthouse looking different than he did …

Prominent climate-change denier now admits he was wrong

By From wire service reports on July 29, 2012, at 9:46 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The verdict is in: Global warming is real and greenhouse-gas emissions from human activity are the main cause. This, according to Richard A. Muller, professor of physics at the University of California, Berkely, a MacArthur fellow and co-founder of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project. The United Nations …

DEA leads crackdown on sellers of designer drugs

By From wire service reports on July 27, 2012, at 9:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than $36 million in cash and arrested 91 people in a nationwide crackdown against manufacturers, distributors and vendors of synthetic designer drugs. The DEA administrator, Michele Leonhart, said agents in 31 states also seized 4.9 million packets of synthetic marijuana, material to …

Names in the news, July 27

By From wire service reports on July 27, 2012, at 4:45 p.m.
A small Madonna concert that the pop star said was intended to celebrate France’s tolerance instead tested it, drawing boos and cries of “refund!” when she left the stage after just 45 minutes. The show Thursday, billed as an intimate event at Paris’ noted Olympia club, was streamed live on …

Hot, dry weather heightens West Nile virus risk

By From wire service reports on July 26, 2012, at 8:47 p.m.
CHICAGO — Life’s a picnic this year for the small, sneaky mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus and pose a deadly risk to humans. Hot, dry weather in the Midwest has created the perfect conditions in still-damp ditches and underground storm water basins where the Culex mosquito breeds. Where there’s …

Suspect in Colorado theater shooting makes court appearance

By From wire service reports on July 23, 2012, at 8:58 p.m.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James Holmes, the suspect in last week’s deadly shooting rampage in a suburban movie theater, made his first court appearance Monday, his hair dyed reddish-orange in an apparent nod to the comic book world of the Caped Crusader. Friday’s shooting — during a showing of the latest …

Names in the news, July 23

By From wire service reports on July 23, 2012, at 4:52 p.m.
Alan Jackson has his own version of the 1 percent vs. 99 percent problem, and he has to contend with it every night he’s on tour. “The problem with me is I’ve had 60-something singles,” said the lanky country singer and songwriter last week from his home outside Nashville. Jackson, …

5 NATO troops killed in Afghanistan

By From wire service reports on July 22, 2012, at 8:03 p.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan — A person wearing an Afghan national security force uniform turned his weapon Sunday against civilian contractors with the U.S.-led military coalition, killing three. In other incidents, five NATO service members were killed in roadside bombings over the past two days. NATO said the attack on the civilian …

Senate GOP block campaign spending disclosure bill

By From wire service reports on July 16, 2012, at 8:22 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked Democratic-backed legislation requiring organizations pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaign ads to disclose their top donors and the amounts they spend. GOP opposition prevented Democrats from getting the 60 votes needed to bring what is known as the Disclose Act to the Senate …
 
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