A Midwest militia whose members - including two local men - were willing "to go to war" against the U.S. government actually was more like a "social club" whose talk was little more than fantasy, defense attorneys say.
Seven members of a Midwest militia - including two local men - stood trial Monday on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, their fates put in the hands of a jury that must decide whether federal authorities prevented an attack by homegrown terrorists or whether they made too much of weekend warriors' boasts to "take our nation back."
A mild winter means sizable savings for local taxpayers. Area cities, counties and townships have collectively saved tens of thousands of dollars this winter, compared to the 2010-11 season, when heavy snows walloped the region.
Adele, who captured the world's heart with an album about a broken romance, emerged as the top winner at Sunday's Grammy Awards, winning six trophies including the prestigious trifecta of record, song and album of the year.