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Lane: It should be game over for the Olympics

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games haven’t started, but they’ve already produced their first scandal. The host country’s president, Vladimir Putin, runs a notoriously despotic regime whose victims include not only independent journalists and political opponents but...

2 dead, all others accounted for in Neb. explosion

AP Photo/Nati Harnik OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha officials say two people are dead and all other workers are accounted for in the animal feed plant that exploded. The explosion Monday morning brought down part of the International Nutrition plant. Two people were killed and 10...

Sting and Paul Simon rehearsing for upcoming tour

AP Photo/Charles Sykes PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Sting and Paul Simon are rehearsing for their upcoming tour, a couple of longtime friends and neighbors preparing to take turns singing some of each other’s biggest hits. It was Simon’s idea for the tour, hatched...

2 nabbed at Texas border in credit card fraud case

AP Photo/Gabe Hernandez McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Account information stolen during the Target security breach is now being divided up and sold off regionally, a South Texas police chief said Monday following the arrest of two Mexican citizens who authorities say arrived at the...

NYC and NJ prep for Super Bowl on calm MLK Monday

AP Photo/Craig Ruttle NEW YORK (AP) — Workers hung in harnesses, putting the finishing touches on a sponsor’s billboard high above Broadway. A few blocks north, in Times Square, a three-story stage festooned with Fox Sports logos towered over the crossroads of the...

911 recordings released in Md. exorcism deaths

GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — Montgomery County Police have released 911 calls related to the deaths of two children in Maryland, deaths police attributed to two women who believed they were performing an exorcism. The release of the recordings Monday comes two days after police...

Legislation proposed in WV to regulate chemicals

FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, workers inspect an area outside a retaining wall around storage tanks where a chemical leaked into the Elk River at Freedom Industries storage facility in Charleston, W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection spokesman...

The fog of the Middle East

Fareed Zakaria [“Fanning the Middle East flames,” Washington Forum, Jan. 17] argued that the United States should steer clear of intervening in the Syrian civil war, as U.S. involvement would only make matters “worse.” Given that the conflict has created millions of Syrian...

Overdoing the Christmas fun?

I usually enjoy Petula Dvorak’s common sense, but her column on leaving decorations up well past Christmas [“Christmas in January riles up the Grinches,” Metro, Jan. 17] was a reminder that thoughtfulness is also needed. Rituals express the joy in our lives. If you come...

2 deaths confirmed in Omaha plant explosion

AP Photo/Nati Harnik OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha authorities confirm two people died and 10 others were seriously hurt in an explosion and partial building collapse at an animal feed processing plant Monday morning. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says he’s been...