April 19, 2015

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Clinton presidential bid starts small with meetings in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The big rallies and massive fundraising blitzes can wait for now. Fresh from a two-day road trip, Hillary Clinton is making her 2016 campaign debut in Iowa at a small-town gathering reminiscent of her Senate “listening tour.” Clinton was touring a community college and holding a roundtable discussion with students and Read More…

Amid tight budgets, use of reserve police officers common

By the thousands, volunteers across the United States sign up to assist their local law enforcement agencies as reserve police officers and sheriff’s deputies. Most perform routine duties in unpaid anonymity. A few become known as heroes or rogues. Among that vast contingent of reservists was Robert Bates, a 73-year-old insurance executive, who was charged Read More…

Blackwater defense to appeal conviction for Iraq shootings

WASHINGTON — Defense lawyers are vowing to appeal the convictions of four former Blackwater security guards after a federal judge handed down lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq. Attorneys identified several issues Monday as likely forming the basis of an appeal, including vindictive prosecution and whether Read More…

Increased demand for apartments keep rent prices rising

Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again. Renting has gotten increasingly expensive over the last five years. The average U.S. rent has climbed 14 percent to $1,124 since 2010, according to commercial property tracker Reis Inc. That’s four percentage points faster than inflation, and more than double the rise in U.S. Read More…

Dozing baggage handler in cargo hold forces Alaska Airlines plane to turn around

SEATTLE — An airport worker who fell asleep and found himself trapped in a plane’s cargo hold forced a Los Angeles-bound Alaska Airlines flight to return to Seattle on Monday afternoon. Flight 448 had just taken off when the pilot and some first-class passengers heard banging from down below, the airline said. The captain immediately Read More…

American veterans returning to Middle East to join fight against Islamic State

BAGHDAD — A decade after his first Iraq tour, former U.S. Marine Jamie Lane has returned to the battlefields of the Middle East to fight a still unvanquished enemy and wrestle with the demons of his past. The 29-year old from Mt. Pleasant, Mich., served as a machine gunner from 2004 to 2008, mainly in Read More…

Ohio State Football: Coach Urban Meyer gets raise, extension, will average at least $6.5M a year

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer keeps winning big. Meyer can pair Ohio State’s national championship with a hefty contract extension that will make him the second-highest-paid coach in college football. Meyer was rewarded Monday with an extension through the 2020 season. His previous contract ran through 2017 and would have paid him $4.9 million for 2015. Read More…

Rubio latest GOP politician to throw hat into ring for president

MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday took on Hillary Rodham Clinton in his first words as a presidential candidate, telling top donors he is running for the Republican nomination because the 2016 race for the White House should be about the future, not the past. The first-term Republican from Florida, 43, also told his Read More…

It’s not just your imagination: Commercial flying is getting worse

DALLAS — Think flying is getting worse? A pair of university researchers who track the airline business say it’s a fact. More flights are late, more bags are getting lost, and customers are lodging more complaints about U.S. airlines, government data shows. Dean Headley, a marketing professor at Wichita State and one of the co-authors Read More…

Surge in teen suicides another blow to hardscrabble Indian reservation

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — The people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are no strangers to hardship or to the risk of lives being cut short. But a string of seven suicides by teenagers in recent months has shaken this impoverished community to its core and sent school and tribal leaders on an urgent mission Read More…