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Army hands locals 3,300 acres at Fort Ord
The last large section of Fort Ord - a former infantry training base in Monterey that dates back to 1917 - will sprout homes, businesses and parks decades sooner than originally planned. Under a landmark, $100 million agreement, local authorities are taking...



Amount of federal income taxes paid by two-thirds of companies from 1998-2005: nada
When the taxman cometh, most corporations wave him on by, according to a government study released today. About two-thirds of U.S. companies and foreign firms doing business in this country paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005, according to a...



Navy relieves commander of air recon squadron
The commander of a Navy air reconnaissance squadron that provides the president and the defense secretary the airborne ability to command the nation's nuclear weapons has been relieved of duty, the Navy said Tuesday. Cmdr. Shawn Bentley was relieved of duty...



Navy to restrict sonar blasts to protect whales, other sea mammals
The Navy agreed today to restrict loud sonar blasts from anti-submarine vessels in large areas of the world's oceans to protect whales and other vulnerable creatures. A federal magistrate in San Francisco approved a settlement between the government and...



Settlements reached in Chicago clergy abuse cases
The Archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday it had agreed to pay more than $12.6 million to settle lawsuits by 16 people who accused priests of sexual abuse, and it made public a candid deposition in the case by Cardinal Francis George. "My hope is that these...



Feds charge man with driving SUV in which 9 died
A 33-year-old Mexican man smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel of an SUV packed with suspected illegal immigrants that later crashed, killing nine people, federal authorities said. Brian Guzman Ochoa, of Hermosillo, Mexico, was charged Tuesday...



Sharp 6.2 quake shakes sea floor near Vanuatu
A strong earthquake has struck near the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 6.2 quake was centered 290 miles northwest of the key city...



440 years for former Ill. cop convicted of 4 rapes
A former police sergeant convicted of raping four women was sentenced to 440 years in prison Tuesday. Jeff Pelo, formerly with the Bloomington police, slouched forward in his chair but otherwise didn't react as Judge Robert Freitag issued the sentence. Two...



Tips needed on person who shot dogs
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot two dogs - killing one of them - before throwing them out of a car on an East Oakland street. On the night of Aug. 1, Oakland police responded to reports of...



Sheriff: Clear program laptop at SFO was stolen
A laptop containing the personal information of 33,000 applicants to a program that allows air travelers to bypass airport security lines was likely stolen then returned, not just misplaced for more than a week, investigators said Monday. The Transportation...