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Year-end agreement: Budget heads to final passage

December 17, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, accompanied by, from left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, following a Republican policy luncheon. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) — Year-end...

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Obama selects gay athletes for Sochi delegation

December 17, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2006, file photo, the United States’ Caitlin Cahow (8) upends Germany’s Sara Seiler during the first period of a 2006 Winter Olympics ice hockey match in Turin, Italy. Cahow will join Deputy Secretary of State Bill...

Blind man, guide dog safe after subway track fall

December 17, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

Cecil Williams smiles as he pets his guide dog Orlando in his hospital bed following a fall onto subway tracks from the platform at 145th Street, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in New York. The blind 61-year-old Williams says he fainted while holding onto his black...

Dial-a-Carol a holiday tradition at U of Illinois

December 17, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

In this Dec. 12, 2013 photo provided by the University of Illinois, student and Snyder Hall resident at the University of Illinois, Katherine Moss sings to callers as part of the hall’s annual Dial-A-Carol program in Champaign, Ill. The student-run...

Jury “at a standstill” in ex-BP engineer’s trial

December 17, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

\ FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2013 file photo, former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Monday in Mix’s trial on two counts of...

NASA orders urgent spacewalk repairs at station

December 17, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – This May 23, 2010 image provided by NASA shows the International Space Station with the Earth in the background. The image was photographed by an STS-132 crew member on space shuttle Atlantis after the station and shuttle began their...

Ryan O’Neal, university make final pitch to jury

December 16, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

This photo released by courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art shows Andy Warhol’s painting of “Farrah Fawcett,” 1980. The painting was bequeathed by Fawcett to the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. The university is suing Oscar-nominated...

Mural helps immigrants see themselves in Hamtramck

December 16, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

Chilean artist Dasic Fernandez stands in front of his latest creation, a mural honoring Yemeni Americans which graces the side of Sheeba Restaurant in Hamtramck, Mich., Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The mural, stretches 90 feet by 30 feet and features the three...

Big Sur fire destroys 15 homes, forces 100 to flee

December 16, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

Fire burns near the Big Sur River as firefighters battle a wildland fire in the Pfeiffer Ridge area in Big Sur, Calif. on Monday Dec/ 16, 2013.(AP Photo/ Monterey County Herald, David Royal) BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire burning Monday in the Big Sur...

Influential country singer Ray Price dead at 87

December 16, 2013 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In a Jan. 7, 2011, file photo, Country Music Hall of Fame member and Grammy Award winner Ray Price celebrates his 86th birthday by performing in Bullard Texas. Price, one of country music’s most popular and influential singers and...