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Calif. tanker fire will force freeway demolition

December 16, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Firefighters discuss how to approach a burning double-tanker truck gasoline fire in Montebello, Calif, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. Thousands of motorists were stuck on a 10-mile stretch of freeway near Los Angeles after the big-rig tanker truck burst into flames Wednesday. No one was injured. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) MONTEBELLO, Calif. (AP) — For the second...

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Obama stands by Medal of Honor award to Marine

December 16, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

In this Nov. 2, 2011 photo, Medal of Honor recipients Ernie West (Korea) and Dakota Meyer (Afghanistan) visit Fairview Elementary School n Westwood, Ky. Reports released Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 suggests the U.S. Marine Corps may have embellished the accounts...

Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

December 16, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 A.M. EST, THURSDAY, DEC. 15 – Zenobia Bechtol, 18, and her seven-month-old baby girl Cassandra play in the dining room of her mother’s apartment, where they live, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, in Austin, Texas, Friday, Dec. 14,...

Feds issue scathing report against AZ sheriff

December 16, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Department of Justice Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez, left, gestures as he announces the department’s findings following an investigation into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, lead by controversial Sheriff Joe...

Dems drop millionaires tax in year-end dispute

December 15, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, joined by Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, at right, talks to reporters after passage of legislation to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott...

Fallout from FAMU: Ga. high schools suspend bands

December 15, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Students wait for their rides outside of the band room at South West DeKalb High School Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 14, 2011 in Decatur, Ga. The fallout from the death of a Florida A&M University drum major broadened Wednesday to nearly two dozen high...

Romney intensifies criticism of Gingrich

December 15, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gestures during debate in Manchester, N.H. Gingrich is pledging to stay relentlessly positive in his quest for the White House. Except when...

House passes $662 billion defense bill

December 15, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, center, flanked by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., and fellow committee member Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in...

AAU president: Task forces will ‘redefine trust’

December 15, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Amateur Athletic Union president Louis Stout make comments during a news conference at AAU headquarters, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Amateur Athletic Union announced Wednesday that two task forces established to independently...

Could US drivers ever abide by cellphone ban?

December 15, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Independent taxi driver Matthew Bahar places his cellphone back in a cradle inside his taxi while waiting to pickup customers at Hobby Airport Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, in Houston. The National Transportation Safety Board declared Tuesday that texting,...