Arson suspected in pair of Omaha fires

Omaha Fire Department officials suspect arson in two of the city's three fires this week. Investigators determined a Dec. 8 fire at 17th and Fowler was intentional after finding an empty can of gas near the home. No one was injured in the fire. And officials say they have identified suspects in a Dec. 6 fire that burned an empty house at 28th and Manderson. An investigation is ongoing on a...

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OPS approves metal detectors at basketball games

The Omaha Public Schools board voted unanimously to put metal detectors outside certain OPS basketball games this winter. The board approved a $60,000 contract with a private security firm to operate the machines. OPS officials say the detectors will be used for high-profile games or when police recommend their use.

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Congress members ask for a new pipeline study

Twenty-eight members of Congress signed a letter on Dec. 3 urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the State Department to request a new Environmental Impact Study on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to Texas. The lawmakers note in the letter that the Environmental Protection Agency gave the current EIS its lowest possible rating. "Not only does tar...

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Nelson not afraid of tax cut blowback

Ben Nelson is one Democrat who is on board with the bipartisan deal Barack Obama brokered to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to all Americans, even if it flies in the face of his party's goal to eliminate the breaks for the wealthy. "I've made it clear, I didn't make any campaign promises about this, so I'm only focused on my end," Nelson says in The Hill. "I've said that I thought that the debate...

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Iowa considers toughening abortion law to keep out Nebraska doctor

Late-term abortion provider LeRoy Carhart was forced to take his practice elsewhere after a controversial Nebraska law banned abortions after 20 weeks. Now Iowa, too, is saying "not in our state." The Bellevue doctor announced in early November that he was opening new clinics in Council Bluffs and Maryland because of Nebraska's new law based on the idea that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks....

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Medical marijuana finds its way into Western Nebraska

Western Nebraska police officers are seeing a lot of pot from Colorado lately. Lt. Lance Rogers of the Nebraska State Patrol says officers are finding legal marijuana from Colorado as often as once a week. It has been legal to possess up to 2 ounces of medical marijuana in Colorado since 2000, but that right doesn't extend across state laws. Rogers says violators of Nebraska law are cited and...

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Man shot while riding in car

Deshawn Smith, 23, survived after being shot Dec. 5 while riding in a car near 42nd and Redman Ave. Police have made no arrests.

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Suttle recall a go pending court battle

Unless a district judge finds instances of fraud, Mayor Jim Suttle will face a recall election early next year. The Douglas County Election Commission announced Dec. 4 that the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee collected 28,720 verified signatures, 2,077 more than the group needed to force a special election. The recall election is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 25, pending a Dec. 20 court ruling....

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