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White House, Congress talk as 'fiscal cliff' nears

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

Amid increasing anxiety that the White House and top Republicans are wasting time as the government slides toward an economy-rattling "fiscal cliff," administration officials are heading to Capitol Hill for talks with congressional leaders.

 

 

Bangledesh factory owner: 'I didn't know fire exits needed'

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

The owner of a Bangladesh clothing factory where a fire killed 112 people says he was never informed the facility was required to have an emergency exit, a sign of how far removed the leaders of the nation's garment industry are from issues of worker safety.

 

 

Obama asks Romney to lunch

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

Bitter campaign foes just weeks ago, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are sharing lunch at the White House with an eye on overlapping interests rather than the sharp differences that defined their presidential contest.

 

 

Three BP employees in court on oil spill charges

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

A BP rig supervisor said Wednesday that he is innocent of manslaughter in the deaths of 11 workers in the 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started the spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Ruling in Concorde crash appeal expected today

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

A French appeals court is set to decide today whether to uphold a manslaughter conviction against Continental Airlines for the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.

 

Palestinians certain to win recognition as a state

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state today but success could exact a high price: delaying an independent state of Palestine because of Israel's vehement opposition.

 

 

A big disconnect as 'fiscal cliff' clock ticks

Posted 11/28/2012 in National

Republicans' newfound willingness to consider tax increases to avert the "fiscal cliff" comes with a significant caveat: larger cuts than Democrats seem willing to consider to benefit programs like Medicare, Medicaid and the president's health care overhaul.

 

 

China's party paper falls for Onion joke

Posted 11/28/2012 in National

The online version of China's Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest Man Alive" -- apparently unaware it is satire.

 

 

Ark. man arrested in girl's death due in court

Posted 11/28/2012 in National

After her father and stepmother were arrested last year for chaining her to a dresser, young Jersey Bridgeman received something of a fresh start when she began kindergarten this fall in northwestern Arkansas.

 

 

Man says prayer group leader told him to kill wife

Posted 11/28/2012 in National

Less than three months after he stood as a groomsman in the wedding of two friends he had known since college in Texas, Micah Moore walked into a suburban Kansas City police department and unloaded a dark secret: He had taken the woman's life at the request of her new husband, a charismatic prayer group leader.

 

 

Rice concession on Libya fails to please

Posted 11/28/2012 in National

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told lawmakers Tuesday that her initial explanation of the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya was wrong, but her concession failed to mollify three Republican senators who signaled they would try to block her possible nomination to be secretary of state.

 

 

After mostly silence, Jill Kelley defends herself

Posted 11/28/2012 in National

Jill Kelley wants the world to know that she didn't do anything wrong when she befriended top military brass.

 

 

US declines to label China a currency manipulator

Posted 11/28/2012 in National

The Obama administration declined Tuesday to label China a currency manipulator, noting that it has let the yuan rise nearly 10 percent in value against the dollar since June 2010.

 

 

Review: Kabul Bank sent millions of dollars abroad

Posted 11/28/2012 in National

Hundreds of millions of dollars from Kabul Bank were spirited out of Afghanistan -- some smuggled in airline food trays -- to bank accounts in more than two dozen

 

 

AP Exclusive: Disney, Sears used factory in fire

Posted 11/28/2012 in National

Clothing and order books found at a Bangladeshi factory where a fire killed 112 people show that it was making clothing for Disney, Wal-Mart, Sears and other Western brands.

 

Buffett urges Congress to raise taxes on wealthy

Posted 11/27/2012 in National

Billionaire Warren Buffett is again calling for higher taxes on the "ultrarich" and he's urging Congress to compromise on spending cuts and tax increases.

Growing animal rescue group is work of teen actor

Posted 11/27/2012 in National

The person behind one of the country's fastest-growing animal rescues can't even vote yet. And neither can most of the people leading its 10 chapters across the nation.

 

Feds: Teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud

Posted 11/26/2012 in National

It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms.

 

 

Approaching fiscal cliff: Tax them, not us, groups say

Posted 11/26/2012 in National

A big coalition of business groups says there must be give-and-take in the negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of massive tax increases and spending cuts. But raising tax rates -- a White House priority -- is out of the question, the group adds.

 

When it comes to gender gap, men play crucial role

Posted 11/26/2012 in National

Sorry, fellas, but President Barack Obama's re-election makes it official: Women can overrule men at the ballot box.

 

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