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Last ditch effort to avoid fiscal cliff under way

December 29, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

President Barack Obama pauses during a statement on the fiscal cliff negotiations with congressional leaders in the briefing room of the White House on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Washington. The negotiations are a last ditch effort to avoid across-the-board first of the year tax increases and deep spending cuts. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON [&hellip...

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Stocks tumble as ‘fiscal cliff’ deadline nears

December 29, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Stocks were heading lower Friday, for a fifth day, on concern that Washington lawmakers will fail to reach a budget deal before a year-end deadline. (AP Photo/Seth...

Fewer US banks failing as industry strengthens

December 29, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 photo, a woman walks past a Wells Fargo location in Philadelphia. U.S. banks are closing the year with the strongest profits since 2006 and fewer failures than at any time since the financial crisis struck in 2008....

AP source: Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies

December 27, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Jan. 13, 1991 file photo, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of U.S. troops in the Gulf, gazes from the window of his small jet on his way out to visit U.S. troops in the desert in Saudi Arabia. Schwarzkopf died Thursday, Dec. 27,...

Chief of staff: Bush getting excellent treatment

December 27, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In a Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush, and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, arrive for the premiere of HBO’s new documentary on his life near the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush...

Texas officer who ended ’66 UT sniper rampage dies

December 27, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Aug. 2, 1966 file photo, from left, Allen Crum, university co-op employee; Austin policemen Ramiro Martinez, Houston McCoy and Jerry Day, the four men who braved the deadly accurate sniper fire by Charles Joseph Whitman from the...

Gun group offers training for Utah teachers

December 27, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

Stephen Pratt, a third grade teacher from Alpine, Utah, is fingerprinted for a gun carry permit during concealed weapons training for 200 Utah teachers Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in West Valley City, Utah. The Utah Shooting Sports Council offered six hours of...

US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

December 27, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

This Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, photo, shows a construction worker at a new site for a future Fresh & Easy supermarket in Los Angeles. The average number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits in December fell to the lowest level since March 2008, a sign...

Chevron’s CEO: Affordable energy is crucial

December 27, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 photo, Chevron CEO John Watson talks during an interview, in New York. Watson, 55, a California native and Chevron lifer, joined the company in 1980 as a financial analyst. Before becoming CEO in 2010 he was vice chairman in...

Fiscal cliff whipsaws stocks; confidence dims

December 27, 2012 • National NewsComments (0)

In this Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, photo, Daniel Kryger, left, and Kevin Lodewick Jr., right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are edging higher on Thursday as hopes dim that a budget deal will be reached before a deadline...