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Stanton Cook, modernizer of Tribune Co. and longtime CEO, dies at 90

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CHICAGO--Stanton Cook was working at a Chicago gas station on a bitterly cold January morning when a family friend called to say he'd heard about a possible job opening at The Chicago Tribune.

Cook, a Northwestern University graduate who'd recently been discharged from the Army, jumped at the prospect and by the spring was working as an ...Read more

Russia may be escalating military role in Syria

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence has captured evidence of a significant escalation of Russia's military engagement in Syria's civil war, including satellite images of an apparent Russian base for staging troops and heavy equipment under construction near a port city that is a stronghold for Syrian President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials say.

The ...Read more

Man arrested in Sacramento City College shooting likely friend of slain victim

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento police on Friday arrested Rico Ridgeway, one of the men injured during the Sacramento City College shooting, for assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the case.

Ridgeway, 24, was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and placed on parole hold.

Police are still searching for the man who shot and ...Read more

Charter schools are unconstitutional, Washington state's high court rules

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SEATTLE -- After nearly a year of deliberation, Washington state's Supreme Court ruled 6-3 late Friday afternoon that charter schools are unconstitutional.

The ruling overturns the law voters narrowly approved in 2012 allowing publicly funded, but privately operated, schools.

Eight new charter schools are opening in Washington this fall in ...Read more

Salvadoran gang member suspected in assassination caught at O.C. car dealership

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A member of the violent street gang MS-13, wanted in his native El Salvador for allegedly assassinating a government prosecutor, was captured working at a Santa Ana, Calif., car dealership.

Authorities announced his arrest Friday and said he had been sent back to El Salvador Friday morning to face charges of aggravated homicide.

Officials ...Read more

Police: 11-year-old boy fatally shot teen inside St. Louis County home, evidence shows

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. -- Police said Friday that Lamonte Streeter was the teenager killed by an 11-year-old boy on Hallwood Drive, and that physical evidence showed the shooting occurred inside.

That evidence would contradict witness accounts from some neighbors who said Streeter was standing outside the front door when the child shot him once ...Read more

Saudi king 'satisfied' with safeguards in Iran deal

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WASHINGTON--Saudi King Salman signaled broad support for the Iran nuclear deal Friday in meetings with President Barack Obama at the White House, and asked U.S. officials for an acceleration of military aid in return.

In almost three hours of meetings that marked his first White House visit as king, Salman heard, and accepted, Obama's arguments...Read more

No charges against Shattuck in Baltimore County

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore County's top prosecutor says he will not pursue criminal charges against former Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck after re-examining allegations of sexual abuse involving a teen boy.

State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said Friday his office has spoken with a representative of the victim's family.

Shattuck, 48, admitted...Read more

Purified wastewater triggers release of arsenic within aquifer, study finds

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When it comes to the science of transforming sewage into tap water -- or potable reuse -- engineers say there's no question the product is clean enough to drink.

The trouble is, researchers are now learning that this drinking water may be too clean to store underground without special treatment.

A study published this week in the journal ...Read more

Aid groups see 'dramatic' increase in donations after death of Syrian toddler

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The photo told a familiar story of dispossessed refugees from war-torn Syria. But the image of a Syrian toddler's small, lifeless body on a beach in Turkey -- thrown with his family from a capsized raft -- suddenly made the long-running crisis seem urgent and new.

The photograph of the toddler, later identified as a 3-year-old named Aylan, ...Read more

Is Iraq too broke to fight the Islamic State group?

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WASHINGTON -- Iraq's ability to fight Islamic State extremists who control roughly a third of the country is hampered by a financial crisis that has left the Baghdad government operating "hand to mouth," Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily warned this week.

The inability to pay salaries on time to the soldiers and militiamen fighting the Islamic ...Read more

Inmates provide new details on Calif. jail death

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- New eyewitness details emerged Friday from inmates housed in the same wing of the Santa Clara County Main Jail as mentally ill inmate Michael Tyree, who was allegedly beaten to death last week by three jail guards who have since been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Tyree had been behind bars for violating probation on a ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Florida A&M University band member who played a role in the hazing death of a fellow student in 2011 was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.

Caleb Jackson pleaded no contest to manslaughter and felony hazing in 2013 for his role in the death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando.

Jackson faced as much as 35 years ...Read more

Analysis: Would a run by Biden aim to knock Clinton out or serve as a standby?

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WASHINGTON -- As Vice President Joe Biden continues to publicly ponder whether to enter the presidential race, a key question has emerged: If he runs, would he try to push Hillary Rodham Clinton aside or, simply and more gently, stand as a possible replacement?

In the space of 36 hours this week, Biden offered a glimpse of both strategies.

At ...Read more

Hillary Clinton sorry for 'confusing' email issue

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WASHINGTON -- Would Hillary Rodham Clinton like to apologize to voters for the past emailing practices that have so many of them questioning her trustworthiness?

Sort of.

"It wasn't the best choice," Clinton said during a 30-minute interview with journalist Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC Friday. "I certainly have said that. I will continue to say ...Read more

In overweight couch potatoes, vitamin C supplements mimic some exercise effects

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Overweight and obese people who take a high-dose of supplementary Vitamin C daily may get some of the cardiovascular benefits of exercise without the exercise, new research has found.

In a small trial that recruited sedentary adults who were overweight or obese, study participants who took 500 milligrams of Vitamin C daily saw equal improvement...Read more

More videos, DNA analyzed in Fox Lake manhunt; reward for information offered

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During a press conference Friday outside the Fox Lake Police Department, Lake County authorities announced that several additional video tapes are now being analyzed in the pursuit of three men suspected of killing Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz.

George Filenko, commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, said videos from intersection ...Read more

Some but not all GOP hopefuls come to Kentucky clerk's defense

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans have faced a difficult choice heading into the presidential election on the issue of same-sex marriage, as the view of the party's social conservative base increasingly separates from the broader electorate. But Kim Davis' willingness to be jailed rather than issue marriage licenses in her Kentucky county has offered ...Read more

Men who say they found Nazi treasure train reveal new details

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Two men who claim to have located a Nazi train laden with treasure that reportedly went missing in the last days of World War II came forward Friday in a Polish television interview and disclosed new details of their alleged feat.

Andreas Richter, a German, and Polish citizen Piotr Koper appeared on TVP-Info, identifying themselves for the ...Read more

Judge rules suspect will stand trial for murder of woman on San Francisco pier

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge has ruled the Mexican national who allegedly shot and killed a woman on a pier here, setting off an intense debate on illegal immigration, should stand trial for murder.

There is enough evidence to conclude that Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez shot and killed Kate Steinle, 32, as she walked with her father on Pier 14 on ...Read more