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September 9, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
If you're blind and living in Iowa, you can't get a driver's license -- but you might be able to get a gun. An interesting report in the Des Moines Register over the weekend delved into an unusual gray area in the state's gun policies, which have allowed some blind residents to get concealed-carry permits. Under state law, Iowans must file applications with their local sheriff's department to get licenses for acquiring handguns and for carrying weapons in public. The permit to carry weapons requires a handgun-training course -- which can be completed online, the Register reports, allowing blind Iowans leeway to legally carry without passing a shooting test.
September 1, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Nino Frediani stands in his kitchen, ready for an impromptu demonstration of his craft: throwing things into the air with controlled abandon. "This is how a normal juggler does it," he says, launching three small yellow balls above his head. But the 73-year-old Frediani is no normal juggler. After a few rotations, he tosses one ball almost to the ceiling and misses its return. It hits the floor and rolls under the table. "Now, this is how I do it. " He starts again.
August 16, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - Police officer Kimberly Munley watched in court Friday as a dashboard camera video showed her responding to the mass shooting at this central Texas Army base four years ago. On the courtroom's flat-screen television monitor, soldiers are seen running across the street in front of her car, apparently fleeing. “I need more units,” a woman's voice can be heard saying as Munley  arrives at a medical processing center and runs from her car as shots sound in the distance.
August 5, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The saddest part of another syringe-spitting afternoon in baseball Monday occurred when, for one of the first times this summer, Alex Rodriguez spoke the truth. He had just been hit with a drug suspension bigger than Barry Bonds' neck, a record 211 games that would carry him through next season and probably end his career. Yet he was dragging baseball further through the pill-littered muck by appealing the suspension. In fact, in a bit of breathtaking irony, his injured hip finally healed, he was using the exact day his suspension was announced to make his 2013 debut.
July 28, 2013 | By Sarah Chayes
"This is a great time to be a white-collar criminal. " An assistant U.S. attorney I know startled me with this remark in 2002. The bulk of her FBI investigators, she explained, had been pulled off to work on terrorism, which left traditional crime investigations sorely understaffed. Little has changed since then. For more than a decade, the U.S. government has been focused on one type of threat above all others: terrorism. This obsession has not only been used to justify an erosion of Americans' privacy, it has opened them to other dangers and, paradoxically, made it easier for terrorists to achieve success.
July 18, 2013 | By Lauren Williams
A compact car rolled over onto a 46-year-old blind pedestrian after a collision in Costa Mesa, police said Thursday. The pedestrian, an Irvine resident, was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Police responded to a collision at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Santa Ana Avenue and East 17th Street after a Toyota Sequoia sport utility vehicle turned left in front of a Honda Civic, causing the Honda to roll over onto the pedestrian, who was standing at the southwest corner, according to a release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.
July 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Blind Boys of Alabama, known in various formations since the late 1930s for their harmony-rich gospel music, are courting a new audience: indie-rock millennials. On Thursday the group announced details of its upcoming collaboration with Justin Vernon of the hipster-beloved Bon Iver, who broke out in 2008 with "For Emma, Forever Ago," a set of cloistered folk songs he said he'd written and recorded while camped out by himself in a cabin in the Wisconsin woods. Last year Bon Iver won the Grammy Award for best new artist.
July 11, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Officials are investigating whether the pilot of the Asiana Airlines jet that crashed into the runway at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday had been blinded seconds before by a flash of light. The pilot flying the plane, a veteran captain still in training on the Boeing 777, reportedly told Korean investigators that a bright flash temporarily blinded him at an altitude of about 500 feet. National Transportation Safety Board director Deborah A.P. Hersman said pilot Lee Kang-kook shared "some of that information" with the U.S. investigators interviewing the pilots.
July 3, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
A boy squints a little as he walks around the gym that's full of workout equipment. He jumps onto a treadmill and runs for a short time, only to switch to an exercise bike. Then it's on to the various weight machines. Aaron Calderon, 11, has congenital glaucoma and can only read large type. His father is completely blind, and his five siblings all have beginning stages of congenital glaucoma, a disease that can take a person's eyesight completely. Aaron doesn't let his disability stop him from being active.
June 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
It's the kind of thing a lot of music lovers have been saying since “American Idol” turned singing into a nationally televised competitive sport a dozen years ago: “[Insert legendary pop singer's name here] would never get past the auditions.” Now a couple of clever fellows have put it up on YouTube for the world to see. It's a humorously edited video of John Lennon singing “Imagine” as if it were part of the blind audition segment of NBC's reality show “The Voice.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times As the scene cuts from Lennon singing to judges Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher and Adam Levine, their quizzical looks are funny enough.
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