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White House meeting a last stab at a fiscal deal

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

Amid partisan bluster, top members of Congress and President Barack Obama were holding out slim hopes for a limited fiscal deal before the new year. But even as congressional leaders prepared to convene at the White House, there were no signs that legislation palatable to both sides was taking shape.

Desert Storm commander Norman Schwarzkopf dies

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.

 

Gun group offers training for Utah teachers

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

Jessica Fiveash sees nothing wrong with arming teachers. She's one herself, and learned Thursday how to safely use her 9 mm Ruger with a laser sight. "If we have the ability to stop something, we should do it," said the elementary school teacher, who along with nearly 200 other teachers in Utah took six hours of free gun training offered by the state's leading gun lobby.

 

Soda shop rebuked for stocking candy smokes

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., are being warned to stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes.

AP Exclusive: Documents raise doubts in Nazi probe

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

The case of an 87-year-old Philadelphia man accused by Germany of serving as an SS guard at Auschwitz has largely centered on whether he was stationed at the part of the death camp used as a killing machine for Jews.

Photos show North Korea nuclear readiness

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

North Korea has repaired flood damage at its nuclear test facility and could conduct a quick atomic explosion if it chose, though water streaming out of a test tunnel may cause problems, analysis of recent satellite photos indicates.

Storm whips into Northeast, bringing snow, rain and cold

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

A powerful winter storm brought snow to inland parts of the Northeast and driving rain and wind to areas along the coast today, a day after it swept through the nation's middle, dumping a record snowfall in Arkansas and ruining holiday travel plans for thousands.

 

Health care tax hikes for 2013 may be just a start

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits.

 

 

Ex-President George H.W. Bush in intensive care

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital after suffering "a series of setbacks," including a stubborn fever, his spokesman said.

 

 

NY newspaper's handgun permit map draws criticism

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

A newspaper's publication of the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties has sparked online discussions -- and a healthy dose of outrage.

 

 

Police union seeks more help for Newtown officers

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

Some of the police officers who responded to the school shooting in Newtown are so traumatized they haven't been working, but they have to use sick time and could soon be at risk of going without a paycheck, a union official said Wednesday.

 

 

China's new leaders tightening grip on internet

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

China's new communist leaders are increasing already tight controls on Internet use and electronic publishing following a spate of embarrassing online reports about official abuses.

 

 

New Israeli right-wing leader worries Netanyahu

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

The charismatic new leader of Israel's Jewish religious right is siphoning a large chunk of votes from the prime minister's party, according to polls ahead of Jan. 22 elections, and if the trend continues, the high-tech millionaire and former commando could emerge as a powerful voice opposing Palestinian statehood.

 

 

Nelson Mandela close to medical care at home

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

The doctors treating former South African leader Nelson Mandela believe he should remain in Johannesburg for now to be close to medical facilities that can provide care to the 94-year-old, the government said today.

 

 

New laws address gays, children, immigration

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

Measures on gay rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration.

 

GOP willing to bend on issues after election

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

For years, Republicans have adhered fiercely to their bedrock conservative principles, resisting Democratic calls for tax hikes, comprehensive immigration reform and gun control. Now, seven weeks after an electoral drubbing, some party leaders and rank-and-file alike are signaling a willingness to bend on all three issues.

 

Russian parliament endorses anti-US adoption bill

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

The upper chamber of Russia's parliament on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. It now goes to President Vladimir Putin to sign or turn down.

 

Nigeria: Warehouse said to hold fireworks explodes

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

A massive explosion ripped through a warehouse full of fireworks in Nigeria's largest city on Wednesday, sparking a fire that threatened surrounding city blocks and sending a plume of thick smoke high into the sky.

NY firemen's killer mapped out plan for slayings

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

The ex-con turned sniper who killed two firefighters wanted to make sure his goodbye note was legible, typing out his desire to "do what I like doing best, killing people" before setting the house where he lived with his sister ablaze, police said.

 

Lawmakers look to restrict gun magazine capacity

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

Lawmakers from both parties voiced their willingness Sunday to pursue some changes to the nation's gun laws, but adamant opposition from the National Rifle Association has made clear than any such effort will face significant obstacles.

 

 

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