| Jul 12, 2011
As a backlash mounts over the government's failed Fast and Furious gun-tracing operation, the Justice Department will begin requiring firearms dealers in California and other border states to alert officials anytime they sell more than two semiautomatic...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 8:57 PM
The mountain lion killed by a car in Milford in June probably traveled 1,500 miles from its birthplace in the Black Hills of South Dakota before dying on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Connecticut, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection....
| Jul 21, 2011
| 3:41 PM
Two days after U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry was killed in December, the top ATF supervisors in Phoenix said in internal emails that weapons found at the scene in Arizona came from a failed agency sting operation.
But nearly two months later,...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 1:06 PM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Billy Aaron Brown was born in Clarinda, Iowa, on this day in 1981. This birthday guy is probably best known for his portrayal of Kyle on the show "8 Simple Rules." He's appeared in films such as "Jeepers Creepers II," "Holiday in the...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 12:46 PM
Only weeks old, Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign is on life support following the mass departure of his entire senior staff.
Gingrich's longtime aide, Rick Tyler, confirmed Thursday afternoon that he and other top aides had resigned.
"My idea of...
| Jun 28, 2011
In the high-cholesterol world of Midwestern state fairs, where dairy cows crowd 4-H barns and no food can escape the deep fryer, Norma "Duffy" Lyon was a giant.
For more than four decades, she was the queen of the butter sculpture.
Cows. Elvis. John...
| May 6, 2011
| 4:03 PM
Sada Thompson, a Tony Award-winning actress best known to TV viewers for her Emmy Award-winning role as the matriarch in the 1970s dramatic TV series "Family," has died. She was 83.
Thompson, a resident of Southbury, Conn., died of lung disease Wednesday...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 12:35 PM
When Mitt Romney announced his presidential exploratory committee this week, he did so from New Hampshire, and he mentioned Nevada. On Friday, he was in Florida. All three are scheduled to be among the first states holding presidential nominating contests...
| Jun 29, 2011
| 10:35 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The nine militants who targeted a Kabul hotel in a brazen attack killed nine other people, officials said Wednesday.
All the militants, who were prepared to be suicide bombers, died as well, officials said. Six detonated their...
| May 20, 2011
| 11:35 AM
June 3-5: Garden Fair, Rockford. This annual event at the Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden includes gardening vendors, outdoor cooking demonstrations and a Q-and-A with experts. Fee varies; 815-965-8146; tinyurl.com/3mpb79t. Miles from Chicago:...
| May 31, 2011
| 12:35 PM
After oxygen, your wallet and cell phone, nothing is more vital to the business traveler than wireless Internet. It is our connection to work, home, fantasy sports teams and shopping. On the hotel, cafe or convention center networks, we flip through our...