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  • Indiana's long-serving Lugar fights for survival

    TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The face of Indiana politics for nearly four decades, Republican Sen. Richard Lugar is battling for political survival against a tea party-backed GOP challenger who says the senator has become more interested in compromising with liberals in Washington than representing conservatives back home. With Mitt Romney expected to coast to victory in three GOP presidential primaries, Lugar's re-election fight — the toughest in his 36-year career — is the highest-profile contest in four states with voting...

  • Missing Indiana girl found dead, babysitter arrested

    TOM LOBIANCO, Associated Press

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The neighbor who was babysitting a 9-year-old Indiana girl when she went missing last week will be formally charged with murder Tuesday, a heartbreaking turn for the girl's relatives who considered him a family friend. .AP Photo/The Journal Gazette, Cathie Rowand During an interview Sunday, Amber Story, left, Tarah'smom, and Tarah Souders talk about Tarah's daughter Aliahna Lemmon, 9. Authorities said Monday night that Aliahna Lemmon had been found dead and Mike Plumadore, who was watching Aliahna and... Full story

  • Strong wind topples stage at Ind. fair, killing 5

    TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press

    INDIANAPOLIS — The wind gust that toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair Saturday night, killing five and injuring dozens of fans waiting for the country band Sugarland to perform, was a "fluke" that no one could have anticipated, the governor and others said Sunday. The wind was far stronger than that in other areas of the fairgrounds, said Dan McCarthy, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Indiana. He estimated the gust at 60 to 70 mph. Gov. Mitch Daniels said precautions were taken before the...