News archive from 14 August 2011

Starved Budgets Inspire New Look at Web Gambling

The District of Columbia is not thrilled that its residents are traveling to Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to gamble in casinos. Starved for cash, like states across the country, the district wants some of the millions in revenue that...

 

McCotter reaches first test in Iowa poll

Ames, Iowa - Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter kicked off voting day at the Ames Straw Poll Saturday morning by playing his stars-and-stripes guitar with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee plucking bass. The Livonia Republican is running for...

 

Heavy Clashes as Libyan Rebels Enter Stratigic City

BIR SHAEB, Libya -- Libyan rebels fought their way into the strategic city of Zawiya west of Tripoli on Saturday in their most significant advance in months, battling snipers on rooftops and heavy shelling from Muammar Qaddafi's forces holding the...

 

Analysts: Pending price-control law could backfire

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Pending legislation aimed at curbing Venezuela's soaring inflation could backfire by boosting consumer prices, spurring corruption, stemming investment and causing more severe shortages of basic goods, analysts warned on...

 

Using bed sheets, 5 prisoners escape Lebanese jail

BEIRUT - Five prisoners escaped a high-security Lebanese prison Saturday by scaling down the building's walls with bed sheets before mixing with visiting relatives and walking out of the compound with them, the interior minister said. The minister,...

Chron, 17:02 in World News
 
Qaeda Trying to Harness Toxin for Bombs, U.S. Officials Fear

Qaeda Trying to Harness Toxin for Bombs, U.S. Officials Fear

WASHINGTON - American counterterrorism officials are increasingly concerned that the most dangerous regional arm of Al Qaeda is trying to produce the lethal poison ricin, to be packed around small explosives for attacks against the United States. For...

 
United Kingdom violence raises questions about American unrest

United Kingdom violence raises questions about American unrest

A black man killed by police. Mobs of looters. Cities charred and shaken. The riots in London mirror some of the worst uprisings in modern U.S. history. And there are more parallels: Stubborn poverty and high unemployment, services slashed due to...

 

U.S. Economic Woes Loom Over Biden Visit to China

WASHINGTON - Over the winter, officials in China and the United States were trying to turn a new page in relations. In January, during a state visit to Washington by President Hu Jintao, leaders worked hard to dispel the rancor that had been slowly...

 

Arizona Diamondbacks sign Lyle Overbay, put Xavier Nady on 15-day DL

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed free agent infielder Lyle Overbay and placed infielder Xavier Nady on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand. Arizona designated pitcher Juan Jaime for assignment. Nady was injured Friday...

AZCentral, 17:14 in Sport
 
Postal service, long a gateway to middle class, is facing major job cuts

Postal service, long a gateway to middle class, is facing major job cuts

Dena Briscoe had not yet completed her senior year at Ballou High School when her stepfather drove her to the local U.S. Postal Service office to take the employment test. He was a letter carrier. Her mother had worked for the postal service, too, and...

 
SF cell shutdown: Safety issue, or hint of Orwell?

SF cell shutdown: Safety issue, or hint of Orwell?

SAN FRANCISCO -- An illegal, Orwellian violation of free-speech rights? Or just a smart tactic to protect train passengers' safety from rowdy would-be demonstrators during a busy evening commute? The question resonated Saturday in San Francisco and...

 

Thunder F Perkins arrested in Texas at night club

BEAUMONT, Texas -- Authorities have charged Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and public intoxication after an altercation early Saturday morning in South Texas. A statement from police in Beaumont,...

 
Ex-Celtics center Kendrick Perkins arrested in Texas at night club

Ex-Celtics center Kendrick Perkins arrested in Texas at night club

BEAUMONT, Texas - Authorities have charged Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins [stats] with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and public intoxication after an altercation early Saturday morning in South Texas. A statement from police in...

 

Other potential Olympians with ties to Central Florida, state

A look at other potential Olympians training in Central Florida or from a Florida university. If a name is not on this list, please contact local sports editor Stephen Ruiz at sruiz@orlandosentinel.com. BASKETBALL Dwight Howard

 

Central Floridians, state collegians work toward Olympic goal

In the summer of 2008, Barack Obama and John McCain were campaigning for the presidency. The Tampa Bay Rays were shocking the baseball world with their unexpected run to the World Series. And The Dark Knight was the year's top-grossing film. Now Obama...

 

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