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Today's News

  • A swimming good time
  • The downside of a good fortune

    The rates of China’s economic growth are often reported in a wide variety of sectors. But China is experiencing another bonanza, too. It doesn’t get the headlines commanded by economic figures, but it catches the attention of geologists and anyone with an interest in the history of life on Earth.
    What’s at issue is the absolute tsunami of fossil specimens that are dug up in China and make their way around the world.

  • Faster for less money

    We are a nation of laws. By nature most of us resent laws that restrict what we do. At the same time, I hear no one singing the praises of lawlessness.
    The burning interest in laws misses a third option that is freer of pitfalls than either rules or lawlessness. The creative path has gained some notable ground on pollution problems.  
    The approach can be described as “voluntary,” “pursuing ideas” or “jawboning,” if you would call it that. They all mean achieving better pollution control than the law demands.

  • Small-town paper links ex-Klansman to 1964 killing

    FERRIDAY, La. (AP) — Arthur Leonard Spencer says sure, he made some mistakes back when he was a "snot-nose kid," like joining the Ku Klux Klan. But murder?

    No, the 71-year-old Spencer says, a small-town weekly paper got it wrong when it reported recently that he may have been involved in burning down a black man's shoe repair shop in 1964 with the owner inside.

  • 'Jihad Jane' terror suspect pleads guilty in Pa.

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" online pleaded guilty Tuesday to her role in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had offended Muslims.

    Colleen LaRose, 47, helped foreign terror suspects intent on starting a holy war in Europe and South Asia, prosecutors said.

  • Ice, snow wreaks havoc from Texas to New England

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Layers of dangerous ice and blowing snow closed roads and airports from Texas to Rhode Island on Tuesday as a monster storm began bearing down on the nation and those in its frigid path started to believe it would live up to its hype.

  • Gulf residents miffed by BP resuming dividends

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP's decision to resume paying dividends rankled Gulf Coast residents Tuesday who saw it as another sign the company wants to move on even though many are still suffering from last year's massive oil spill.

  • Pakistani court blocks release of American suspect

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court ordered the government Tuesday not to release an American official arrested in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis despite U.S. insistence that he has diplomatic immunity and has been detained illegally.

  • UN mission says 219 killed in Tunisia uprising

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least 219 people were killed and 510 injured in the unrest that led to the fall of Tunisia's dictatorial regime, a United Nations mission said Tuesday, as sporadic violence continued to flare around the country.

  • Storm hammers ABQ; schools, city offices closed

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque has closed its government offices for the day after a winter storm hit the city.

    The storm also has prompted the Albuquerque Public Schools to cancel classes for the day.

    Traffic is snarled throughout New Mexico's largest city.