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Obama urges public help pushing payroll tax cuts

December 4, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

President Barack Obama listens while touring a building under construction in Washington, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, part of his Better Building Initiative to promote energy efficient buildings. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants voters to get involved in the debate over extending the reduced payroll tax and he’s...

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Cutting deficits harder than just talking about it

December 4, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

In this photo taken Dec. 1, 2011, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The year-end government spending on the table after three failed high-profile efforts at big deficit deals shows how hard it is to...

Singer Mindy McCready’s 5-year-old son in custody

December 4, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this undated file photo, country singer Mindy McCready performs in Nashville, Tenn. A missing persons report has been filed for McCready and her 5-year-old son Zander. The Department of Children and Families says the report was filed with Cape...

Accuser’s lawyers: Sandusky account ‘unconvincing’

December 4, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – This Nov. 5, 2011 file photo provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General shows former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky, who sexually abused a boy more than 100 times, then threatened his...

Virginia Tech seeks to block fine in shooting case

December 4, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this April 16, 2009, file photo Virginia Tech student Kevin Sterne, who was injured in the Virginia Tech shooting two years ago, looks up at balloons released in remembrance of the victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings prior to the start...

US trade panel to probe solar dispute with China

December 4, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

Suntech Power CEO Shi Zhengrong speaks next to Yingli Green Energy CEO Miao liansheng, left, during a press briefing in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. A group of China’s biggest solar energy companies, including giants Suntech Power Holdings...

End of the line for Cain? Announcement Saturday

December 4, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to supporters at The Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, in Rock Hill , S.C. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro) ATLANTA (AP) — Rapidly becoming a mere footnote in the presidential race, Herman...

After uproar, Ky. church revisits interracial ban

December 4, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this November 2010 file photo provided by Stella Harville, Stella Harville and her fiancé, Ticha Chikuni, pose for a picture in Richmond, Ky. Stella’s childhood church in Pike County, Kentucky, the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church, voted to...

Paisley to hang with Urban after his vocal surgery

December 4, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this June 16, 2009 file photo, Brad Paisley, left, and Keith Urban accept the Collaborative Video of the Year Award at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Paisley plans to hang out with a recovering Urban after having vocal chord surgery....

A glimmer of good news for Obama in jobs report

December 4, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in a building under construction in Washington, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, part of his Better Building Initiative to promote energy efficient buildings. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) WASHINGTON (AP) — Finally, a flicker...