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Mar 15, 2012

Cameras in tow, Blagojevich begins prison sentence

By Andrew Stern

(Reuters) – Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrived at a Colorado prison on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence on corruption charges, as TV news cameras tracked his every step.

News cameras followed the former governor being driven from Denver’s airport and walking into the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Denver, where he was assigned inmate number 40892-424. He wore jeans, a navy sports coat and carried a small backpack.

Mar 15, 2012

Cameras in tow, Blagojevich surrenders to prison

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich surrendered at a Colorado prison on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence on corruption charges, with TV news cameras tracking his every step.

News cameras followed the former governor being driven from Denver’s airport and walking into the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, about 15 miles southwest of Denver, where he has been assigned inmate number 40892-424. He wore jeans, a navy sports coat and carried a small backpack.

Mar 15, 2012

Blagojevich defends actions on way to prison

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday used his final public appearance before reporting to prison to defend his political actions and express confidence that his conviction on federal corruption charges will ultimately be overturned.

Blagojevich called his looming 14-year prison sentence, which starts on Thursday, a “dark and hard journey,” but said he would draw strength from his belief that he had “helped real, ordinary people” during his years in office.

Mar 14, 2012

Former Illinois Governor Blagojevich to have final word before prison

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, never one to mince words during his political career, will have a final moment in the spotlight on Wednesday when he makes a statement before reporting to a federal prison to serve a 14-year sentence for corruption.

Blagojevich said through a publicist that he will speak on Wednesday afternoon outside the home where FBI agents showed up on the morning of December 9, 2008, and arrested him. At the time, a surprised Blagojevich thought the arrest was a joke.

Mar 14, 2012

Disgraced Blagojevich to have final word before prison

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, never one to mince words during his political career, will have a final moment in the spotlight on Wednesday when he makes a statement before reporting to a federal prison to serve a 14-year sentence for corruption.

Blagojevich said through a publicist that he will speak on Wednesday afternoon outside the home where FBI agents showed up on the morning of December 9, 2008, and arrested him.

Mar 12, 2012

Girl Scouts, celebrating 100th year, have come a long way

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Girl Scouts past and present celebrated the organization’s 100th anniversary on Monday with sing-a-longs, cookie sales, and a pledge to put more women into the corner office.

This is not your mother’s Girl Scouts.

“This is the ‘year of the girl,’ 2012,” Maria Wynne, head of the group’s Chicago area council, told a few hundred current and former scouts at a blustery downtown Chicago ceremony.

Mar 9, 2012

Flight attendant on plane rants about crashing

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A female flight attendant who started ranting about a possible crash over the public address system of an American Airlines plane on Friday was subdued by passengers and crew as the plane returned to the gate, passengers said.

The incident at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport led the pilot to taxi back to the gate, where police and FBI agents took the unidentified flight attendant for a psychiatric evaluation, airport spokesman David Magana said.

Mar 7, 2012

Scientists at U.S. lab detect hints of elusive particle

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Scientists said they have gotten even closer to proving the existence of the elusive Higgs boson, the so-called “God particle” that supplies mass to matter and would complete Albert Einstein’s theory of the universe.

Analyzing data from some 500 trillion sub-atomic particle collisions designed to emulate conditions right after the Big Bang when the universe was formed, scientists at Fermilab outside Chicago produced some 1,000 Higgs particles over a decade of work.

Mar 5, 2012

U.S. defends killing Americans who join al Qaeda

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday asserted a right to kill Americans overseas who are plotting attacks against the United States, laying out specific details for the first time about a policy that critics argue violates U.S. and international law.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that Americans who have joined al Qaeda or its affiliates can be targeted for lethal strikes if there is an imminent threat to the United States and capturing them is not feasible.

Mar 2, 2012

U.S. NATO ambassador says Afghan policy intact

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to NATO said on Thursday the alliance is committed to its policy in Afghanistan despite recent attacks on military advisers and U.S. soldiers in a violent outcry against the burning of copies of the Koran at a NATO military base.

“What happened in the last few days are the kinds of thing which we condemn, that are unacceptable,” Ivo Daalder told reporters after a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

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