ISLAMABAD â Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the countryâs first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan â part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren.
WASHINGTON â The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.
DENVER â Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court â social conservatives and law enforcement.
HARRISBURG, Pa. â Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.
WASHINGTON â Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change may not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the âhermetically sealed society.â
DENVER â The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain â a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial.
WASHINGTON â In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.
CHAMPAIGN â Incoming University of Illinois President Timothy L. Killeen says he wants to build the school into a stronger economic asset to the state.
ROCKFORD â A Rockford man has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the beating death of a 75-year-old woman.
CHICAGO â Cook County Clerk David Orr's review of the Nov. 4 election shows a 69 percent increase in early voting and increased younger-voter participation.
CHICAGO â The Illinois attorney general's office says anyone who thinks they were among T-Mobile customers charged for cellphone text services they didn't order can file a claim for a refund.
ST. CHARLES âÂ A set of identical triplet boys were born Friday at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield to Brandi and James Murphy of St. Charles, the hospital confirmed.
BROOKFIELD â The Brookfield Zoo is welcoming the second bottlenose dolphin born in the western Chicago suburb in five days.
CHICAGO â A former member of a notorious Chicago street gang who was once convicted of murder and sentenced to death has been released from prison after testifying against a fellow gang member.
ST. CHARLES â Two St. Charles East High School students in November were expelled from St. Charles School District 303 because of an attack they launched on the districtâs network, Superintendent Don Schlomann confirmed Friday.
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