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  • Abused kids die as officials fail to protect

    BUTTE, Montana – At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities – many of ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • McConnell wants to stop coal rules

    WASHINGTON – Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama’s coal plant ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • U.S., Cuba patch torn relations

    WASHINGTON – After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shi ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:48 pm
  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

    ALBANY, N.Y. – Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say ar ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • Fourteen charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

    BOSTON – Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:31 pm
  • Sony cancels ‘Interview’ Dec. 25 release

    NEW YORK – Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation’s largest multiplex chains pulling the film from its screens, Sony P ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:31 pm
  • Pakistan buries victims of school massacre

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midte ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 1:50 pm
  • Sydney hostage planned daring escape in Australia cafe

    SYDNEY — The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insa ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:38 am
  • Australian leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

    SYDNEY — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:34 am
  • U.S., Cuba to normalize relations; Obama to speak

    WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift i ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:02 am
  • Letter: Sour grapes

    To the Editor:Ron Eck Jr.’s letter (“McHenry County GOP’s shift,” Nov. 24) was written with such elo ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Letter: Better sunscreen ahead

    To the Editor:Thank you, Congressman Peter Roskam, for co-sponsoring the Sunscreen Innovation Act.Be ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Letter: Real story in McHenry?

    To the Editor:In response to Mr. Popovich’s letter (“Don’t blame Low,” Nov. 18), you felt my letter ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Letter: Sheriff's heavy hitters

    To the Editor:In Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 Northwest Herald articles about the new McHenry County sheriff, y ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Letter: FOIA under attack

    To the Editor:Transparency at all levels of government has been under siege in recent years, and the ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Stop bleacher madness

    To the Editor:Now I know all of us have the right to our opinions about the bleachers at Crystal Lak ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Safe routes to school

    To the Editor:I recently came across a list of Illinois communities that will receive “Safe Routes t ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • MCCD Legislation

    To the Editor: I am responding to Ms. Susan Handelsman’s Dec. 11 letter regarding clarifying legisla ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Stomach turning

    To the Editor:Reading about the all of the horse-trading in advance of selecting the new McHenry Cou ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Letter: Paying it forward

    To the Editor:On Shop Local Saturday, my husband and I went to dinner at Duke O’Briens. We are senio ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 5:30 am

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