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  • Natural gas, oil boom spurs sand mining in Midwest

    Associated Press CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) – The rolling hills and scenic bluffs of western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota hide a valuable resource that has sparked what’s been called a modern-day gold rush. The object of desire is not gold but a soft sandstone needed by drilling companies to unlock underground natural gas and oil […]
  • Diver finds class ring, tracks down owner’s family

    LONGWOOD, Fla. (AP) – Louise Hearst Entzminger lost her class ring in a central Florida swimming hole in the 1930s. Scuba diver Reed Banjanin found the Mississippi Women’s College ring last summer and was determined to find its owner. The Orlando Sentinel ( reports 38-year-old Banjanin used the Internet to track information about Entzminger. […]
  • Winter a tough time for Fla. tropical fish farmers

    Associated Press LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – It’s a tense time at Imperial Tropicals, one of central Florida’s largest ornamental fish farms. It will be days, if not weeks, before farmer Fran Drawdy discovers how the recent cold snap will affect her fish. Her millions of platies, mollies and guppies in outdoor ponds could die quickly […]
  • Winter driving trouble? There’s an app for that

    Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) – When a powerful blizzard ripped through North Dakota last winter, hundreds of drivers were stranded as white-out conditions shuttered interstates spanning the state. Snow whipped up by wind marred the lines between pavement and grassy drop-offs, leaving some scared motorists unsure what to do. Two local software developers had […]
  • Calif doctor arrested in Rx abuse case

    Associated Press SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – For some physicians at a Santa Barbara hospital it wasn’t the arrest of Dr. Julio Diaz on federal drug trafficking charges that surprised them, but the time it took for authorities to make the move. Diaz was arrested this week by federal agents for allegedly trafficking in huge […]
  • Wash. trooper pulls suicidal woman to safety

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – A Washington State Patrol trooper snuck up on a suicidal young woman sitting on the railing of a highway overpass in Tacoma and pulled her to safety Thursday. Trooper Guy Gill says while the officer was pulling her back over the barrier, she asked him to let her go because she […]
  • Report: Education management sector expanding

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A new report finds that even in a tough economy, companies that are contracted to manage charter schools and other public schools are expanding. The report out Friday is by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. It says that much of the growth is in the area […]
  • Brute force saves Ore. man when rescuers lift car

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A crew of firefighters in Portland, Ore., used brute strength to lift up a 3,200-pound car and free a man pinned under it. The rescue, which took about two minutes, came just before rush hour Thursday morning, after witnesses called 911. The Oregonian reports ( that police interviewed witnesses and […]
  • Ex-Minneapolis Tribune editor, author Bailey dies

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Charles Waldo Bailey II, former editor of the Minneapolis Tribune and co-author of the Cold War thriller “Seven Days in May,” has died of complications from Parkinson’s disease, his daughter said Thursday. He was 82. Bailey died Tuesday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., his daughter Victoria Bailey said. […]
  • Oil executives meet with Alaska gov. on pipeline

    Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Shipping to Asia-Pacific markets may be the best way to commercialize the natural gas at Alaska’s prodigious North Slope, the chief executive of ConocoPhillips said after meeting the state’s governor Thursday. To do that, the company would like to build a pipeline from the North Slope to a liquefied […]
  • Wake for Texas teen killed by cops draws hundreds

    Associated Press BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) – Hundreds of people have attended a wake for a Texas eighth-grader who was fatally shot by police who thought the boy was brandishing a handgun at school. Police later learned 15-year-old Jaime (HYE’-meh) Gonzalez was holding a pellet gun Wednesday inside Cummings Middle School in Brownsville. A long line […]
  • In many parts of US, it’s a winterless wonderland

    Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The big snowstorms of autumn are just memories in New England, where people who make their living off winter tourism are losing income and New Hampshire primary candidates lack picturesque winterscapes for photo ops. Tourists in the West play golf instead of skiing. In Midwestern hockey country, you can […]
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit in Italian kidnapping case

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A judge is reluctantly throwing out a former State Department official’s lawsuit demanding diplomatic immunity against charges she helped kidnap a terrorism suspect in Italy. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell says the case sends a “demoralizing” message to American civilians serving overseas. But the judge ruled Thursday that she’s bound by the […]
  • Pakistani man sentenced in attempt at smuggling

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A Pakistani man has been sentenced to 50 months in prison for trying to smuggle someone he thought was part of the Pakistani Taliban into the United States. Prosecutors say law enforcement agents worked with confidential sources to ask Irfan Ul Haq and two Pakistani co-defendants to help get someone they were […]
  • Judge won’t go to facility with no metal detector

    Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota judge said this week he would no longer hear cases at a courthouse that he believes is unsafe because of its lack of weapons screening. Hennepin County District Judge Lloyd Zimmerman went public with his concern less than a month after a prosecutor and another man were shot […]
  • Ky. woman indicted on charges of threatening Bush

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a Kentucky woman has been indicted on charges of threatening former President George W. Bush and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Authorities said Thursday that 49-year-old Susan Mary Collins of Lexington, Ky., was indicted on a count of making a threat against a former president and a […]
  • Annual snow sculpture event canceled in Nevada

    ELY, Nev. (AP) – Making fire is easy. But making snow when temperatures in eastern Nevada are a balmy 60 degrees? Not so much. The lack of snow is forcing the cancellation this month of a snow sculpting contest at the annual White Pine Fire and Ice show at Cave Lake south of Ely. The […]
  • US marshal honored after Vegas court attack

    Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) – A veteran U.S. marshal wounded after a disgruntled Social Security recipient opened fire in a federal courthouse in Las Vegas has received the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery. Deputy U.S. Marshal Richard Joseph Gardner accepted the award Thursday at the Lloyd D. George Courthouse. U.S. Sen. Dean Heller […]

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