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Payroll tax cut: Ironing out the final details

February 16, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio talks about an accord on the payroll tax cut negotiations during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling quits to a bruising election-year fight, negotiators on Capitol Hill worked into Wednesday night trying to iron out [&hellip...

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Xi wraps up highly scripted visit to US capital

February 16, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

China’s Vice President Xi Jinping speaks to the US-China Business Council in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) WASHINGTON (AP) — For Americans looking at the U.S. visit of China’s likely future leader for a clue...

Romney targets auto bailout in battle for Michigan

February 16, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Mesa, Ariz., Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is wooing tea...

Santorum revels in sudden support _ but how deep?

February 15, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, fields questions from local and national media after speaking at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. (AP Photo/Coeur d’Alene Press, Shawn...

Pekingese becomes America's top dog at Westminster

February 15, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Adam Bernardin reacts as Shadagee Caught Red Handed, an Irish setter, is declared the Best of Sporting Group at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) NEW YORK (AP) — A Pekingese that...

Negotiators reach tentative payroll tax cut pact

February 15, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., left, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y, center, talk to reporters about the payroll tax, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, on Capital Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) WASHINGTON (AP) — House-Senate talks on renewing a...

WVU settles Big East lawsuit, will join Big 12

February 15, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In a Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 file photo, West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck speaks addresses the media during a news conference, at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia University announced Tuesday, Feb. 14,...

Banking for pot shops rejected in Colorado

February 15, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

A Feb. 10, 2012 photo Matthew Huron, owner of two medical marijuana dispensaries and an edible marijuana company in Denver talks about the problems he has faced with banks as he stands in his Good Chemistry dispensary with a sign on the register, “CASH...

Iowa town welcomes back China's next president

February 15, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Students attend a Chinese language class, that was inspired by Xi Jinping’s 1985 visit, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at Muscatine, Iowa, High School. China’s likely future leader Xi Jinping will travel to Iowa Wednesday and Thursday where he will meet...

Getting to know you: Obama, Xi start relationship

February 15, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping holds his glass after a toast at a lunch hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) WASHINGTON...