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Editorial cartoon for 8-20-14

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Another American hostage at risk by Islamic State

Posted earlier today in National

In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley -- and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say.

 

 

Prosecutor: Killing of drunk driver an 'execution'

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A drunk driver did not deserve "execution" by a Texas father accused of taking the law into his own hands in a fit of rage over the killing of his two sons in a wreck, a prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday.

 

 

Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Posted earlier today in National

Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."

 

Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

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Police and protesters collided in the streets of Ferguson again late Monday, a day after the Missouri governor summoned the National Guard to help restore calm to the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

Body of Marine's missing wife found in mine shaft

Posted yesterday in National

For nearly two months, Southern California sheriff's deputies and a legion of volunteers scoured the vast, rough terrain peppered with abandoned mine pits and deep bodies of water where the 19-year-old pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine disappeared.

State-of-the-art solar plants ignite birds in mid-air

Posted yesterday in National

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays -- "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

 

Woman cited for climbing into zoo's giraffe pen

Posted yesterday in National

Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face.

 

 

Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?

Posted yesterday in National

Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

 

 

Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

Posted yesterday in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline a high-profile fundraiser next month in the nation's first presidential caucus state of Iowa, creating a big campaign splash as Democrats scramble to hold a key Senate seat in November and the former secretary of state considers a campaign of her own in 2016.

 

 

USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

Posted yesterday in National

A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock.

 

 

Militias complicate situation on Texas border

Posted yesterday in National

On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed men in fatigues.

 

 

Pope Francis OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

Posted yesterday in National

Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community -- and not just one country -- should decide how to intervene.

 

Perry moves ahead with '16 courtship despite case

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Undeterred by indictment, Texas Gov. Rick Perry intends to travel to three major 2016 primary states during the next two weeks even as he faces the prospects of a highly unpresidential booking on felony charges.

Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.

 

Official: Amish girls sexually abused in New York abduction

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Two young Amish sisters were sexually abused after their abduction from a roadside farm stand in northern New York, a prosecutor said Saturday.

 

Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Missouri's governor today ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

 

Federal officials rethinking giving excess military gear to police

Posted 8/16/2014 in National

After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

 

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