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Job growth is lifting hopes for consumer spending

December 24, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2011 file photo, the front of a Boeing 777 jet stands in a production line at the company’s manufacturing plant, in Everett, Wash. U.S. business demand for long-lasting manufactured goods rose by the largest amount in four months in November, driven higher by a big jump in orders for [&hellip...

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Pros see stocks up in 2012, but big risks, too

December 24, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, specialist Patrick King, second from right, and others watch President Barack Obama’s remarks on a television monitor the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The good news is that Wall Street experts think...

Profiling lawsuit could add to sheriff’s troubles

December 23, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2009 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks at a news conference in Phoenix. A judge will hear arguments Thursday Dec., 22, 2011 in a lawsuit that alleges racial profiling in Arpaio’s immigration patrols, a...

Analysis: GOP’s struggle on taxes gives Dems hope

December 23, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the South Court Auditorium at the White House complex, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, in Washington. The president was flanked at the White House by several people who commented on Twitter about how they...

Payroll tax deadlock ends as House caves

December 23, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., left, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., hold a news conference on the payroll tax cut on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on...

Stranded Ariz. student, Texas family rescued

December 23, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

This Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 photo provided by New Mexico Search And Rescue shows the Higgins family’s SUV buried under a snowdrift on U.S. Highway 412 about 30 miles from Clayton, N.M., when a blizzard moved through the area Monday. Rescuers had to...

Romney ignores Gingrich’s taunts on ads, tax spat

December 23, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Former House Speaker and current presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is surrounded by supporters after speaking at a Virginia GOP fundraiser in Henrico County, just outside of Richmond, Va., Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Mark...

Wal-Mart pulls formula after baby dies in Missouri

December 23, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – This photo taken Nov. 14, 2011, shows the rain-soaked handle of a shopping cart outside the Wal-Mart store in Mayfield Hts. Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a newborn...

Romney sidesteps tax dispute; Gingrich dives in

December 22, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann speaks with supporters at The Ivy Bake Shoppe, Wednesday, December 21, 2011 in Fort Madison, Iowa. Bachmann is on a 99-county bus tour of Iowa. (AP Photo/The Hawk Eye, Brenna Norman) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)...

8 US soldiers charged in death of bullied comrade

December 22, 2011 • National NewsComments (0)

FILE – In a Thursday morning, Oct. 20, 2011 file photo, Sgt. 1st Class Bobby Gates straightens the combat boots on a display before a memorial service for Pvt. Danny Chen of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment at the Southern Lights Chapel on Fort...