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Dec 9, 2009

U.S. man pleads not guilty for role in Mumbai attacks

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago man with Pakistani roots accused of scouting targets for the 2008 Mumbai attackers

on Wednesday pleaded not guilty at his first court appearance since his October arrest.

Dec 7, 2009

Lawsuit seeks to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The waterway that allows invasive Asian carp into the Great Lakes should be closed, Michigan’s attorney general said on Monday as the state prepared a lawsuit to protect its fishing and tourism industries.

“Asian carp must be stopped now because we will not have a second chance once they enter Lake Michigan,” Attorney General Mike Cox said.

Dec 7, 2009

U.S. charges Chicago man in 2008 Mumbai attack

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago man previously accused of plotting to attack a Danish newspaper was charged Monday with scouting targets for a militant Pakistani group for the 2008 attack on Mumbai that killed 166 people.

U.S. prosecutors accused David Headley, the first American charged in the Mumbai plot, of performing surveillance for the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed for the November 2008 Mumbai rampage on hotels and a Jewish center. Among those killed were six Americans.

Dec 4, 2009

Chicago river poisoned to block feared Asian carp

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Authorities scooped up poisoned fish floating to the surface of a Chicago-area waterway on Thursday in an operation designed to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes and prevent an ecological disaster.

Illinois officials said a single Bighead carp, one of two prolific species of Asian carp viewed as a threat, had turned up in the huge fish kill that began overnight along 6 miles of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal southwest of the city.

Dec 3, 2009

Chicago businessman held in plot against paper

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge considering bail for a Pakistani-born Chicago businessman accused of conspiring to launch attacks against a Danish newspaper said on Wednesday she wanted to examine an interview he did with federal agents.

Prosecutors argue Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Canadian citizen, should be held pending trial. They say Rana, 48, was intimately involved in plotting an attack with David Headley of Chicago against the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, whose cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad outraged Muslims in 2005.

Dec 2, 2009

Efforts under way to stem U.S. school dropout problem

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Jesus Garcia dropped out of high school and figured he was destined for prison or a life shortened by violence — until he found an alternative school that became the family he never felt he had.

“Without this school, kids would be dealing drugs, dying, gang-banging, all of it. Without this school there would be no leaders, no mentors,” Garcia, an aspiring chef, told a group of former dropouts who have re-enrolled in alternative schools.

Nov 20, 2009

Feared Asian carp may be near U.S. Great Lakes

CHICAGO (Reuters) – There are signs Asian carp may have breached barriers designed to keep the prolific fish out of the Great Lakes, which could spell ecological disaster for the vital source of fresh water, authorities said on Friday.

Concentrations of DNA discovered by Notre Dame University researchers may indicate the presence of bighead and silver carp upstream from two electrical barriers designed to bottle up the invasive fish.

Nov 20, 2009

Oprah Winfrey says ending TV show “feels right”

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Oprah Winfrey said on Friday that she will end her popular TV show in 2011 because it “feels right in her bones” after 25 years, and urged viewers not to believe rumors of why she’s quitting.

“This show has been my life and I love it enough to know when it’s time to say goodbye. Twenty-five years feels right in my bones, and it feels right in my spirit. It’s the perfect number, the exact right time,” Winfrey said during Friday’s show at her Chicago studio.

Nov 17, 2009

Sarah Palin says presidency “not on my radar screen”

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Sarah Palin said a run for the White House in 2012 is “not on my radar screen right now” as the Republican carefully did not close the door to a possible candidacy in an interview that launched her big book tour.

Palin spoke to TV talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey as she began the roll-out to her memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” Palin made clear she wanted to concentrate on the 2010 congressional elections in which Republicans hope to make inroads into Democratic majorities in the U.S. Congress.

Nov 16, 2009

Palin says presidency “not on my radar screen”

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Sarah Palin said a run for the White House in 2012 is “not on my radar screen right now” as the Republican carefully did not close the door to a possible candidacy in an interview that launched her big book tour.

Palin spoke to TV talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey as she began the roll-out to her memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” Palin made clear she wanted to concentrate on the 2010 congressional elections in which Republicans hope to make inroads into Democratic majorities in the U.S. Congress.

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