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AP survey: Economy to pick up but still vulnerable

Posted 12/27/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy will grow faster in 2012 -- if it isn't knocked off track by upheavals in Europe, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists.

 

 

Attorney: Suspect in soldier shooting was attacked

Posted 12/27/2011 in National

LOS ANGELES -- An attorney says the man jailed in the critical wounding of an Afghanistan war veteran at a California homecoming party was being attacked and was on the ground when the shooting took place.

 

 

Alabama woman to discontinue tornado Facebook site

Posted 12/27/2011 in National

ATLANTA -- In the weeks and months after tornadoes tore through homes across the South, pictures and documents rained on yards hundreds of miles away.

 

 

Civil War's 150th stirs a trove of memories

Posted 12/27/2011 in National

RICHMOND, Va. -- A diary with a lifesaving bullet hole from Gettysburg. An intricate valentine crafted by a Confederate soldier for the wife he would never see again. A slave's desperate escape to freedom.

 

 

Barbour to return to lobbying firm

Posted 12/22/2011 in National

JACKSON -- When Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour leaves office Jan. 10, he'll return to the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm he founded in 1991

 

 

BP: Rig partner liable for own punitive damages

Posted 12/22/2011 in National

BP wants to shield itself from having to compensate Halliburton for punitive damages, fines and penalties the cement contractor may face for its role in the deadly 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

Autism-friendly Santas a hit at malls, parties

Posted 12/21/2011 in National

HARTFORD, Connecticut -- Visiting a shopping mall to share Christmas wishes with Santa had always been too much for 10-year-old Ben Borre, due to the autism that makes the noise, lights and crowds an unbearable torment.

 

 

New FAA rules to help end flying while sleepy

Posted 12/21/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- The government told passenger airlines Wednesday they'll have to do more to ensure pilots aren't too tired to fly, nearly three years after the deadly western New York crash of a regional airliner flown by two exhausted pilots.

 

 

Texas drought takes cow numbers down by 600,000, despite higher beef demand

Posted 12/16/2011 in National

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The worst drought in Texas' history has led to the largest-ever one-year decline in the leading cattle-state's cow herd, raising the likelihood of increased beef prices as the number of animals decline and demand remains strong.

 

 

Poll: More than half say Obama should lose

Posted 12/16/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- Entering 2012, President Barack Obama's re-election prospects are essentially a 50-50 proposition, with a majority saying the president deserves to be voted out of office despite concerns about the Republican alternatives, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

 

 

BP settles with maker of failed blowout preventer

Posted 12/16/2011 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- Cameron International, the maker of the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer that failed to stop last year's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has agreed to pay $250 million to BP in a legal settlement, BP said Friday.

 

 

Anonymous donors pay strangers' layaway accounts

Posted 12/16/2011 in National

OMAHA, Neb. -- The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children.

 

 

Bayer: Threshold met for $750 million rice deal

Posted 12/16/2011 in National

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Rice growers met a threshold to move forward with a $750 million settlement over genetically modified rice, the company blamed for the problem said Thursday.

 

 

Eight projects to lead oil spill restoration efforts

Posted 12/15/2011 in National

JACKSON -- Citing "widespread and extensive" damage from the disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a group of state and federal environmental officials said Wednesday it's important to begin restoration and listed eight proposed projects to kick off the effort.

 

 

Engineering experts hit safety culture in BP spill

Posted 12/15/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- BP and the oil industry drilling in the Gulf of Mexico lacked the proper safety attitude to handle the large risks of deep-water drilling, leading to the many bad decisions behind the nation's worst offshore spill, a panel of expert engineers said Wednesday.

 

 

Poll: Most Americans want payroll tax extension

Posted 12/15/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans want Congress to vote to continue the payroll tax reduction, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that comes as Democrats and Republicans wrestle over whether to extend the cut through 2012

 

 

Judge gives Lohan attagirl

Posted 12/15/2011 in National

A judge offered Lindsay Lohan something Wednesday that she hadn't heard from a court in nearly two years: Praise.

 

 

Time names 'The Protester' as 'Person of Year'

Posted 12/15/2011 in National

 

 

Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry sells for $115 million

Posted 12/14/2011 in National

Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection fetched a record-setting $115 million -- including more than $11.8 million for a pearl necklace and more than $8.8 million for a diamond ring given to her by Richard Burton -- at an auction of gems and other memorabilia amassed by the late actress.

 

 

Leaders block quick Senate vote on payroll tax

Posted 12/14/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- Congressional negotiations over a bill extending a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits can begin as soon the Senate rejects a version the House approved despite a White House veto threat, the Senate's top Democrat said Wednesday.

 

 

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