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Domestic policy chief starts, leaves amid crises

December 31, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2009, file photo, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, left, talks with White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, as they wait outside the East Room of the White House in Washington, before attending the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 by President [&hellip...

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APNewsBreak: Russell Brand, Katy Perry to divorce

December 31, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE- In this Tuesday, April 19, 2011 file photo, British actor Russell Brand and his wife Katy Perry arrive for the European premiere of Arthur, in London. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, FILE LOS ANGELES (AP) — British actor-comedian Russell Brand is divorcing...

After many ups and downs, stocks end flat for 2011

December 31, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2011 file photo, traders James Lodewick, left, and James Riley, center, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Trading has been quiet this week with many investors away on vacation. Volume on the New York Stock...

Son says JoePa improving, focusing on bright side

December 31, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Penn State co-defensive coordinator Ron Vanderlinden speaks to reporters before an NCAA college football practice, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in Dallas. Penn State is scheduled to face Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade) DALLAS (AP)...

2 dead, 61 hurt in 40-vehicle New Orleans pileup

December 30, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

James Terry waits for his Corvette to be towed away on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Hendersonville, Tenn. One person was dead and several were injured in a chain-reaction crash by 45 vehicles on a foggy highway during the morning rush hour. Terry usually drives...

Republicans battle over undecided voters in Iowa

December 30, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives at a campaign stop at the Music Man Square in Mason City, Iowa Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With time running short, Republican...

Bachmann vows to stay in GOP race despite setbacks

December 30, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. gestures while speaking during a campaign stop at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vowing to press...

Iowa ad war: late starting but nasty

December 30, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and his wife, Callista, make a stop at his campaign office, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At least $12.5 million and counting...

Upbeat in Iowa, Romney ramps up pre-caucus push

December 30, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, answers a question about his stance on abortion asked by Richard Pint, left, of Waterloo during a campaign stop at J’s Homestyle Cooking Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in...

Perry: Abortion allowed if woman’s life at risk

December 29, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a campaign stop at the Westside Conservative Club breakfast,Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rick...