SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Monday cattle: 300.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 184, a year ago 337.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Monday 299, a year ago 163.
Crow Wing sheriff
St. Joseph's Medical Center
The Brainerd Fire Department responded Tuesday to what turned out to be three false alarms, at least two of the alarms were believed to have been set off by high humidity.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Monday.
Around area courses
The Bodyworks team climbed to the top of the Men's Twilight League at Pine Meadows thanks to an 8-4 win over The Brainerd Dispatch July 26.
Short game pointers
One way to improve your score is to improve your short game.
Brothers are in charge at Preserve
PEQUOT LAKES -- Growing up in Wheaton, Mike and Chad Bohnenstingl never thought about doing what they're doing.
A missed opportunity
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The reason they played a mixed-team match in the Battle of Bighorn was so the women wouldn't get embarrassed.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) -- Three-year-old Jake Paine swung his Snoopy driver and watched his golf ball soar 40 yards in the air, roll 25 feet and drop into the sixth hole at Lake Forest Golf and Practice Course.
Unique battle lacks quality
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Just to show that there is indeed something new under the sun -- not to mention the lights -- the world of reality television melted into pro golf in prime time and nobody fainted from heat exhaustion.
Around the pro tours
Women's British Open
Ventura's regent appointment includes surprise in Keffeler
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura named five members to the University of Minnesota's governing board Tuesday, including a former chairwoman who stepped down during a divisive tenure fight with faculty five years ago.
Election-overhaul panel favors restoring vote for felons, national holiday for voting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Still facing stinging criticism over the way he won last year's election, President Bush is making his first public moves to improve the nation's voting system, accepting a long-awaited report Tuesday from former Presidents Carter and Ford.
White House, lawmakers labor and lobby over patients' rights deal
WASHINGTON -- White House officials are pressing key House Republicans to scale back the kind of lawsuits allowed under a Senate-passed patients rights bill just enough to allow President Bush to claim victory.
Fuel savings possible without cutting vehicles size, panel concludes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Substantial fuel savings can be achieved in cars and SUVs without reducing their size, weight or performance, researchers say as Congress prepares to tackle many of President Bush's energy proposals.
U.S., Peru share responsibility in plane's downing, report says
WASHINGTON -- Peru and the United States were undisciplined and "sloppy" in the way they conducted a joint program to interdict airborne drug smugglers in recent years, and share responsibility for the mistaken shootdown of a civilian aircraft carrying American missionaries over northern Peru in April, according to sources familiar with the findings of a State Department investigation.
President Bush prods lawmakers to work out major education plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government is "reaching a moment of decision" on education policy, President Bush said Wednesday as he laid out his bottom line for House-Senate negotiators not moving as quickly as he'd like to overhaul the nation's schools.
Deal may be near on patients' rights
WASHINGTON -- Negotiating late into the night, the White House and a key rebel Republican lawmaker grew close to an agreement on patients' rights legislation that President Bush would be willing to sign.
Slowdown, rebates will force U.S. to borrow $51 billion
WASHINGTON -- The economic slowdown, along with rebate checks for President Bush's tax cut, will force the government to borrow $51 billion by September, an about-face from its previous predictions, the Treasury Department said Monday.
House votes to ban all human cloning
WASHINGTON -- After an emotional debate on science, morality and the definition of life, the House has decided that the United States should allow no cloning of human cells, even for medical research.
Book aims to help families set goals, establish boundaries and change their habits to increase quality time
NEW YORK (AP) -- Busy is an understatement for most parents, and shaving a few seconds off the daily routine could make the difference between staying on time and running late.
CLC aviation students get flight time in simulator housed at airport
The Central Lakes College aviation program now offers students flight time without leaving the ground.
Spend some extra time with the family on Kids Day
NEW YORK (AP) -- On Mother's Day, moms get flowers. On Father's Day, dads man the grill. On Kids Day, families are going to spend time together.
Onamia graduate participates in world's largest non-combatant evacuation exercise with Army
AVIANO, Italy -- The son of an Onamia woman is in Anglia, where U.S. soldiers arrived by parachuting from an airplane into an angry mob poised to harm innocent Americans trapped inside an embassy building in the middle of a war zone.
On your mark, get set, FLY!
GARRISON -- Look toward the sky on a clear day and you may spot a participant in one of Crow Wing County's lesser known but active racing clubs.
Garrison Lions, Mille Lacs Lake Lions to participate in Play Days
GARRISON -- On Aug. 11 and 12, the Garrison Lions and the Mille Lacs Lake Lions Club will join the Garrison community to celebrate Play Days.
Celebrate Crosslake Days set Saturday-Aug. 12
CROSSLAKE -- Crosslake will host Celebrate Crosslake Days on Saturday-Aug. 12 when dozens of chamber member businesses will offer crafts, events and activities for children and adults.
No one understands homing pigeons' ability to return home so quickly
The history of pigeons as message carriers goes back more than 5,000 years.
Summerfest in Deerwood to feature variety of events
DEERWOOD -- Deerwood's annual summer celebration, Summerfest, will run Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11.
PALISADE -- The annual Aitkin Area Firefighters' Competition will be held Sunday at Berglund Park in Palisade.
Evening beginning Spanish offered at CLC
Liliana Hennis will teach an evening beginning Spanish class at Central Lakes College in Brainerd this fall in answer to requests from businesses in the area wishing to accommodate their employees.
These fighters are fast
CAMP RIPLEY -- For the first time in seven years, a Minnesota Army National Guard Attack Helicopter Battalion participated in a joint-service operation at Camp Ripley on July 15-16.
Young students experience Spanish culture at day camp
The Spanish Department at Central Lakes College is conducting its second annual Spanish Day Camps for children in kindergarten through grade 5 through Thursday on the Brainerd campus.
Discounted grocery delivery service available
Nutrition Services, Inc. announces a service available to people throughout most of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Brainerd-Crow Wing County Airport Commissioners yesterday learned of a Federal Aviation Administration grant extension to the state, meaning possible additional funds for the airport terminal currently under construction.
Love for the game motivates Dumont umpires
An umpire wears a chest protector and a face mask, but most of the nicks and bruises that come with calling a competitive tournament like the National Baseball Congress Hap Dumont 16-under World Series games aren't physical.
Mall redevelopment plan clears final hurdle
The East Brainerd Mall redevelopment cleared its last hurdle Monday.
Benefits will be extended under family program
Half of the clients of the Minnesota Family Investment Program who are approaching the 60-month time limit will be able to have their benefits extended, said Sue Beck, Crow Wing County social services director.
Despite rain, Relay for Life raises $135,000 for cancer fight
The downpouring of rain may have caused Relay For Life organizers to shut down the fund-raising event by 10 p.m. Friday, but the event still raised $135,000 for the American Cancer Society, the same amount as last year.
Viking Korey Stringer dies
MANKATO -- Pro Bowl tackle Korey Stringer died Wednesday of heat stroke, a day after collapsing at the Minnesota Vikings' training camp on the hottest day of the year.
Board to meet
STAPLES -- The Region 5 Board will meet 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Region 5 office in Staples.
The Region 5 Area Agency on Aging and Health Insurance Counseling Program is sponsoring a Senior Surf Day computer training starting at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Brainerd Public Library.
Brainerd looking anew for planner
The Brainerd City Council Monday voted to re-advertise for city planner/community development coordinator applicants.
Banner shows lost teammates won't be forgotten
A banner is made from a tattered towel that hangs on the dugout wall when the Northern Reign of Edmonds, Wash., plays baseball. It will hang there for each Reign game until the National Baseball Congress "Hap" Dumont 16-under World Series tournament ends today in Brainerd.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Opponents to a herbicide spraying program slated for Brainerd area forests rallied Saturday afternoon in what could be a last ditch effort to head off the remainder of a 13-county project.
In Brainerd, it was the heat, and the humidity
Tuesday's 93-degree temperature in Brainerd told only half the story.
County joins consortium for data systems
The Crow Wing County Board agreed to convert its in-house tax system and financial system Tuesday to the Minnesota Counties Information Systems consortium.
Thirty Lakes Watershed joint powers accord OK'd
The Crow Wing County Board approved a joint powers agreement with the Thirty Lakes Watershed District Tuesday.
Freight train derails near Des Moines
INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) -- Thirty-one rail cars derailed Tuesday afternoon, spilling corn and vegetable oil across the tracks and spurring a massive cleanup. No injuries were reported.
As college costs rise, research under way to show what tuition covers
While college students and their families may get a sinking feeling with every report of rising college costs, research is under way that aims at least to show students and families what colleges do with all that money.
Study: One in five high school girls abused on dates
CHICAGO -- One in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner, significantly increasing their risk of drug abuse, suicide and other harmful behavior, a study suggests.
Retirement plans take hit in economic downturn, increasing worries for many aging workers
WASHINGTON -- Retiree Paul Ferraro got out of the stock market before it got him.
WASHINGTON -- It's about a missing person, but it's about sex, too.
DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- James Burtchett and his son Ryan spent nearly five hours trapped at the bottom of an amusement park ride after the passenger wheel sheared off and crashed to the ground, injuring about two dozen people.
Firefighters turn focus to Yellowstone as Jackson blaze near containment
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Homeowners began cleaning fire-retardant foam from their ritzy mountain retreats as the 1,400 firefighters who saved the houses from a stubborn blaze wrapped up their task.
Two sought after school police officer shot
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A school police officer was shot Monday by a teen-age gunman but escaped serious injury because he was wearing a bulletproof vest, police said.
Tiger fatally mauls worker at exotic animal park
CENTER HILL, Fla. (AP) -- A tiger broke through its cage at an exotic animal park in northern Florida on Tuesday and fatally mauled a worker.
Six-year-old killed in MRI machine by oxygen canister
VALHALLA, N.Y. -- A 6-year-old boy was undergoing tests to determine his progress after surgery for a brain tumor when his skull was crushed by an oxygen canister.
Reading labels can lead to healthier eating
Can the simple act of reading the fine print on food labels make you a healthier eater?
Report details extent of abuse in nursing homes
WASHINGTON -- As baby boomers age and more families turn to long-term care for seniors, an increasing number of older Americans living in nursing homes are being subjected to physical and verbal abuse, according to a government report released Monday.
Compelled by shortage, states change rules so community colleges can train, certify teachers
Faced with teacher shortages and the need to fill 2.7 million new positions by the end of the decade, state officials nationwide are turning to community colleges as a new, untapped training ground.
'Code Red' worm likely to launch attacks tonight
WASHINGTON -- The "Code Red" computer worm that infected hundreds of thousands of personal computers earlier this month is likely to begin spreading again Tuesday night, as it prepares to launch attacks on select Web sites, technology experts warned Monday.
Researchers predict world population growth will peak at 9 billion over the next 70 years
The world's population will peak at 9 billion over the next 70 years before beginning a decline into the 22nd century, researchers predict in a new study.
A's rout Cleveland
Jason Giambi and the Oakland Athletics played so well, they left Cleveland general manager John Hart speechless.
Let's make a deal Teams keep busy in deadline trades
The Houston Astros hope Pedro Astacio will benefit from a change of ballparks.
Mets trade Reed for Lawton
NEW YORK (AP) -- The surprising Minnesota Twins are making a big playoff push, acquiring All-Star pitcher Rick Reed from the New York Mets for outfielder Matt Lawton on Monday night.
'Hap' was full of ideas
Not too long ago, a chrildren's book series called "Where's Waldo?" was a hot commodity.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The University of Minnesota is investigating a complaint accusing the school's wrestling coach of intimidating summer camp wrestlers into writing letters against a federal law requiring equal athletic opportunities for women.
Fred 'Ted' Michaud
EMILY -- Fred "Ted" Michaud, 87, Emily, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, at home.
BAXTER -- Rod Keith, 87, Baxter, died at home.
PINE RIVER -- Clarence Rasmussen, 88, Pine River, died today, July 31, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Anastasia (Hannigan) Davis
Anastasia (Hannigan) Davis, 98, Brainerd, died Monday, July 30, 2001, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Donald J. DeRosier
LITTLE FALLS -- Donald Joseph DeRosier, 73, Little Falls, died Monday, July 30, 2001, at Veterans Medical Center in St. Cloud.
Harold L. Jares
STAPLES -- Harold L. Jares, 79, Staples, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at the V.A. Medical Center in St. Cloud.
HACKENSACK -- Lois Tufts, 67, Hackensack, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, in Hackensack.
Stephen R. Doland
Stephen R. Doland, 86, Brainerd, died Monday, July 30, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Patrick T. McMahan
PHOENIX -- Patrick T. McMahan, 47, Phoenix, formerly of Pine River, died Friday, July 27, 2001, at Phoenix Baptist Hospital.
LITTLE FALLS -- Florence Bloedorn, 91, Little Falls, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
ST. CLOUD -- Roger Skaalerud, 66, St. Cloud, died July 31, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Mary B. Moran
LONGVILLE -- Mary Betty Moran, 84, Longville, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at Woodhaven Senior Community of Brainerd Regional Human Services Center.
Kathy S. Chamberlin
LITTLE FALLS -- Kathy S. Chamberlin, 57, Little Falls, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Therisa Finneman, 51, Brainerd, died today, July 31, 2001, at home.
Russia an enemy no longer
WASHINGTON--As a people, we are so inattentive to international affairs--especially now that the Cold War is over--that it takes a long time for things to sink in. But eventually the light bulb does switch on over our collective heads, and we murmur, "OK, I get it."
Thank you so much for the well written front page article by Jim Grossman in the July 30 edition of your paper regarding the irresponsible adults and teens involved in the Hap Dumont tournament.
Administration officials taking pains not to sound isolationist
CANBERRA, Australia -- The Bush administration has gone on the offensive to counter claims that it is acting unilaterally around the world by rejecting ground-breaking treaties or defying the advice, appeals and positions of key allies.
Take the time
"I don't have enough information yet, about the school (School of the Americas)" is the key message of a writer's guest column of July 26. That being the case, I would like to point out that Mary Benson, on the other hand, chose to find out, disagree with and yes, even go to prison for her conviction of belief in the closing of said school.
Suicide is indeed a public health issue
Americans have accepted that problems such as alcoholism, drug addiction, even addictions to things like shoplifting, are often fed by an underlying mental health or medical condition. But one common tragedy remains taboo to too many.
It's time for all of us -- liberals and conservatives alike -- to put our money where our mouths have been and take the tax rebate pledge (http://www.rejecttherebate.com). If you've ever argued that indiv
Line-item veto serves need
Gov. Jesse Ventura exercised a more gentle veto pen following the 2001 session, but his message still was clear: Lawmakers need to send better bills to his desk. Legislation carrying lots of pork-barrel baggage isn't likely to muster his support.
The check is in my mail
Editorial views in The Brainerd Dispatch represent a consensus of opinion by members of the newspaper's editorial board.
Minnesota prison escapee caught in North Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- A fugitive from the Minnesota Correctional Facility - Faribault was caught after more than two months on the run.
Appeals court upholds Minnesota's wolf management proposal
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the legislative process used to pass the state's wolf management plan.
Family: Teen killed by police was innocent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The family of a 15-year-old who was shot by police during a gunbattle that also left an officer wounded said the boy was an innocent bystander.
Weather helps crop conditions
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Crop conditions have improved across the state after a recent break from hot and dry conditions, according to the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service.
Minnesota-Wisconsin agency could be scuttled
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- A Minnesota-Wisconsin agency could be eliminated unless Wisconsin's governor comes to the rescue.
Eating disorder experts say Minnesota settlement could make more insurers pay for treatment
ST. PAUL (AP) -- With her weight dwindling to 95 pounds on her 5-foot-10 frame, Kathryn Bromfield decided she needed more than another trip to a hospital psychiatric ward to survive anorexia.
Some funding restored after LF school cuts planned
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls School Board voted 3-2 Monday to spend up to $90,000 more for the upcoming school year to restore some cuts that were made earlier this year.
Charges filed in house with 200 cats
VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) -- The owners of a house where nearly 200 cats were found have been cited with mistreating animals. The homeowners also ar
Man is in critical condition
A 34-year-old Columbia Heights man remained in critical condition today after nearly drowning Saturday in Eagle Lake near Fifty Lakes.
Minnesotans suffer from heat
A heat advisory for the southern half of Minnesota was issued Tuesday as heat and humidity combined to create potentially dangerous conditions, especially for the elderly and other high-risk groups.
Suspect killed, Blackduck police chief wounded in motel shootout
BLACKDUCK (AP) -- Blackduck's new police chief remained hospitalized in good condition Tuesday after he was wounded in a shootout at a motel that left the suspect dead.
Union contract rejection pushed
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Leaders of the state's second-largest union are recommending that its 10,500 members reject the state's "final" contract offer.
Districts must release student data to military recruiters
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A new law requires Minnesota school districts to give the names, addresses and home phone numbers of 11th- and 12th-graders to military recruiters unless parents invoke their right to keep that information private.
CHASKA (AP) -- Carver County authorities on Tuesday charged a day-care provider in the death of a 4-month-old boy entrusted to her care.
Minneapolis loses its AAA bond rating
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis has lost its sterling AAA bond rating because of city debt, a credit rating service announced Monday.
New Minnesota laws that took effect today
--Farmland conservation: More farmers can participate in a conservation program that returns portions of unused farmland to native vegetation and restored wetlands.
New education laws set in place
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Last year, 11-year-old Taylor Orr's asthma attack spiraled out of control and landed her in the doctor's office because she couldn't reach her inhaler soon enough.
Cincy, Edmonds reach finals
Northwoods League Baseball
With two tourneys, VFW players are kept busy this week
Teams from Washington, Colorado and Ohio traveled a long distance to participate in the National Baseball Congress "Hap" Dumont 16-under World Series in Brainerd this week but imagine having to play in two tournaments at once.
Plunging Gulls suffer 15-3 loss to St. Cloud
ST. CLOUD -- The Brainerd Mighty Gulls' second-half slide continued Monday as they lost for the eighth time in 10 games, 15-3, to the St. Cloud River Bats before 1,997 fans at Putz Field in a Northwoods League game.
Teams headed to national tourneys
Three Brainerd teams are traveling to national youth tournaments this week.
Northwoods League Baseball
Waterloo too hot for Gulls Last regular-season home game tonight
The temperature in the lakes area skyrocketed to 94 degrees Tuesday afternoon with a heat index of 106.
If players play, Legion has potential
Ed Zirngible has discovered in his first season as head coach of the Brainerd Red Dogs Legion baseball team what many high school coaches have known for years.
The Brainerd Bees and Braves will open play in the Region 7B baseball playoffs this week at Cold Spring.
Brainerd stays alive
The Brainerd VFW team split a pair of games Monday to stay alive in the NBC "Hap" Dumont World Series.
Same old story for the Vikings?
For the last 37 years, Mankato has enjoyed a two-week period during which it becomes one of the richest cities in Minnesota.
MANKATO (AP) -- A rare occurrence for any NFL team as it begins training camp: no holdouts, no serious injuries.
Carter plays it coy on future
MANKATO -- The Minnesota Vikings have Randy Moss at receiver for the next nine years, and Daunte Culpepper is fresh from a Pro Bowl start at quarterback.
Twins may be missing Lawton
TORONTO (AP) -- It had only been one day, but the Minnesota Twins already looked like they missed Matt Lawton.
Puckett induction nears
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kirby Puckett isn't giving away the ending, but he promises that his Hall of Fame induction speech will "leave you thinking."
Stringer's death stuns Viking fans
MANKATO -- Korey Stringer was popular with fans.
Twins dealing to seal their chances
MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Matt Lawton thought he was trade bait when he reported to spring training for the Minnesota Twins.
NISSWA -- The Nisswa Area Historical Society will hold a general business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Grand View Lodge.
Ideal firefighters selling limited edition prints
IDEAL TOWNSHIP -- The Ideal Township Fire Department is selling collector's limited edition prints depicting an Ideal Fire Department scene as a fund-raiser to buy firefighting equipment.
Breezy Point Women's Club to host spaghetti dinner as fund-raiser
BREEZY POINT -- The Breezy Point Women's Club will host a fund-raising spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Breezy Point City Hall.
Monarch caterpillar will change his stripes under young girl's watchful eye
Marie arrived at Grandma's and Grandpa's place on Cross Lake early Saturday evening with her family. She walked into the house carrying some sort of box covered with a white flour sack dishtowel. "Do you want to see our caterpillars?" asked the almost teen-ager.
Weather drawing by Kaycie Mogensen of Jan Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy northwest. Scattered showers and thunderstorms ending this morning portions of east and central. Humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms continuing in the south. Highs from the middle 70s northwest to the lower 90s south.
State forecast for south dakota
Heat advisory southeast today...
Iowa state forecast
A heat advisory is in effect today for about the southeast half of the state...
The Weather Elsewhere
Minnesota state forecast.
Flash flood watch northwest today...
State forecast for north dakota
Flash flood watch today east...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Mostly sunny west into north...Scattered showers and thunderstorms southeast...Mainly this morning. Highs in the 80s.
Summer is fun
Weather drawing by Kaitlyn Christianson of Mrs. Lykins' kindergarten class at Nisswa school.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny north. Sunny south. Highs 75 to 85.
Iowa state forecast
A heat advisory is in effect through this evening...
Wisconsin state forecast
Heat advisory today southwest and northeast...
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Heat advisory this afternoon and evening southwest...
Names and faces
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Comedian Paula Poundstone's drinking problem will definitely be a factor in her defense against the child abuse case she is facing, her attorney said Monday.
Pricetag for eulogy grieves grandchild
DEAR ABBY: Why do men and women of the clergy expect to be paid for performing wedding and funeral services for members of their churches? My mother informed me today that the preacher at my grandmother's funeral will be paid $100, and the man who sings will receive the same.
Woman who locked sons in car trunk sentenced
Dear Heloise: My roommate and I got into a discussion about allspice. She said that it is a mixture of spices, and I'm sure it isn't. I told her I was going to ask you to set it straight. Help! -- Brooke and Bailey, Philadelphia
Life not gay with Republican lover
DEAR ABBY: My lover, "Jim," and I are gay and have been together for more than 10 years. Jim is deeply involved with Republican politics. He belongs to several local and state-wide Republican organizations.
Burger King recalls almost 3 million toys
MIAMI (AP) -- Burger King has announced a voluntary nationwide recall of 2.6 million kid's toys because they are potentially hazardous to children.
Names and faces
LONDON (AP) -- Queen Mother Elizabeth was admitted to a hospital Wednesday for treatment of anemia, reportedly hoping to return to her palace this weekend for celebrations of her 101st birthday.
Palestinians bury dead in West Bank
NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Thousands of mourners, some firing guns into the air, poured into the streets of Nablus in a funeral procession Wednesday for eight Palestinians killed in an Israeli helicopter raid.
Lava burns cable-car station, overflows earth barrier, threatens tourist base on Mount Etna
ON MOUNT ETNA, Sicily (AP) -- A stream of lava burned a cable car base station, surged over man-made barriers and destroyed a small tourist stop Tuesday on the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe's biggest and most active volcano.
Israel blasts Hamas office in West Bank, killing Hamas leader and seven other Palestinians
NABLUS, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli helicopters fired missiles into Hamas offices in the West Bank town of Nablus on Tuesday, killing eight Palestinians, including two young boys and a senior official of the militant group, officials said.
Rains trigger massive landslides in remote Indonesia, at least 64 die
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Torrential rains triggered massive landslides, burying houses and killing at least 64 people on a remote Indonesian island, government officials said Wednesday.
Mueller well on his way to Senate confirmation
WASHINGTON -- Although he sparred with a senator and suggested a Justice Department proposal could make it harder to keep guns away from criminals, FBI Director-designate Robert Mueller appears well on his way to confirmation as chief of the nation's main law enforcement agency.
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