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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.

 

 

Anti-tax conservatives say no to tax-increase

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

In the city where a protest over tax policy sparked a revolution, modern day tea party activists are cheering the recent Republican revolt in Washington that embarrassed House Speaker John Boehner and pushed the country closer to a "fiscal cliff" that forces tax increases and massive spending cuts on virtually every American.

 

 

Pro-gun people petition to deport Piers Morgan

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views.

 

Idaho Sen. Crapo arrested for DUI

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

A conservative U.S. senator from Idaho who has said he doesn't drink because of his Mormon faith has been charged with drunken driving.

 

Illegal immigrant audits rising at businesses

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year.

 

 

Syrian Christians fear bleak future

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

With Christmas just days away, 40-year-old Mira begged her parents to flee their hometown of Aleppo, which has become a major battleground in Syria's civil war.

 

 

Army teams going to Africa as terror threat grows

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge.

 

 

Russia, India sign weapons deals worth billions

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

Russia and India signed weapons deals worth billions of dollars Monday as President Vladimir Putin sought to further boost ties with an old ally.

 

 

Analysis: Career criminals new issue for lawmakers

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

The Mississippi Supreme Court has sent the Legislature a message: If you want burglary considered a violent crime to catch more career criminals, you'd better write it into the law. A majority of the high court, in a Harrison County case, rejected home burglary as a crime of violence for the purpose of state sentence enhancement.

 

 

Lawmakers see 'fiscal cliff' deal as elusive

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

With anxiety rising as the country lurches towards a "fiscal cliff," lawmakers are increasingly skeptical about a possible deal and some predict the best possibility would be a small-scale patch because time is running out before the year-end deadline.

 

Town in mourning inundated with gifts, money

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

Peter Leone was busy making deli sandwiches and working the register at his Newtown General Store when he got a phone call from Alaska. It was a woman who wanted to give him her credit card number. "She said, 'I'm paying for the next $500 of food that goes out your door,"' Leone said. "About a half hour later another gentleman called, I think from the West Coast, and he did the same thing for $2,000."

 

Crafters send mittens with a message to Newtown

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

 

 

Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, one of Washington's most respected voices on foreign policy, as his next secretary of state. The move is the first in an expected overhaul of Obama's national security team heading into his second term.

 

 

Mexico frees ex-Marine jailed for bringing in gun

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, U.S. officials and his lawyer said late Friday.

 

Civil War shells preserved in wall where they hit

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

They are there just where they landed in Fort Sumter a century and a half ago -- three Union shells from rifled Parrot guns embedded in the masonry wall of the garrison where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

Parents hesitant about NRA armed schools proposal

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for the placement of an armed police officer in every school, but parents and educators questioned how safe such a move would keep kids, whether it would be economically feasible and how it would alter student life. Their reactions ranged from supportive to disgusted.

 

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