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'Fiscal cliff' deadline nears

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

The White House and Senate Republicans sorted through stubborn disputes over taxing the wealthy and cutting the budget to pay for Democratic spending proposals as Monday's midnight deadline for an accord avoiding the "fiscal cliff" drew to within hours.

 

Senate holds last-minute fiscal cliff talks

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

Senate leaders groped for a last-minute compromise Saturday to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly prevent deep spending cuts at the dawn of the new year as President Barack Obama warned that failure could mean a "self-inflicted wound to the economy."

 

Fearful of ban, frenzied buyers swarm gun stores

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

The phones at Red's Trading Post wouldn't stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped.

 

Experts: Trained police needed for school security

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

The student's attack began with a shotgun blast through the windows of a California high school. Rich Agundez, the El Cajon policeman assigned to the school, felt his mind shift into overdrive. People yelled at him amid the chaos but he didn't hear. He experienced "a tunnel vision of concentration."

 

 

State Dept. strengthens Haiti travel warning

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

The State Department has issued a revised Haiti travel advisory, warning Americans planning to travel to the Caribbean island nation about robbery, lawlessness, infectious disease and poor medical facilities.

 

 

Woman charged in New York firefighter slayings

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

William Spengler raised no alarms in prison for 17 years and for more than a decade afterward. Well-spoken, well-behaved and intelligent, his demeanor was praised by four straight parole boards that nevertheless denied him parole, worried that bludgeoning his 92-year-old grandmother with a hammer showed a violent streak that could explode again.

 

Wis. couple says pet chicken alerted them to house blaze

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

A Wisconsin couple says clucks, not fire trucks, helped them escape a blaze at their home.

 

Woman in custody in NYC subway shoving death

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

A woman is in custody in the death of a man who was shoved in front of a speeding subway train, and she "made statements implicating herself," New York City police said Saturday.

 

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.

 

 

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