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House begins debating payroll tax cut

December 20, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

Rep. Steny Hoyer D-Md. speaks during a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 as House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. James Clyburn D-S.C., listen. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) WASHINGTON (AP) — With neither side showing signs of yielding, a bitterly divided House debated a Republican effort Tuesday to [&hellip...

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Housing starts and permits surge; levels still low

December 20, 2011 • Business, National NewsComments Off

In this Nov. 22, 2011 photo, construction worker Will Capper works on a new house in Palo Alto, Calif. A surge in apartment construction gave builders more work in November. But 2011 is still shaping up to be one of the worst years in history for...

BLM sued over NV mustang castration, roundup plans

December 19, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A coalition of conservationists and wild-horse activists is suing the government to block its implementation of a precedent-setting plan to castrate hundreds of wild stallions in eastern Nevada. The lawsuit, filed by the Western Watersheds...

Public barred from classified part of Manning case

December 19, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

Hundreds of demonstrators march in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, present on base at a military court hearing, outside Ft. Meade, Md., Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. Prosecutors began presenting their case that Manning was the source of the WikiLeaks...

House GOP out to reshape Senate’s payroll tax cut

December 19, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

In this Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, photo provided by NBC News, Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, appears on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in Washington. House Republicans said Sunday they oppose a bipartisan, Senate-approved bill that...

Bargainers reach deal to head off gov’t shutdown

December 16, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

President Barack Obama speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the campus in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, where he announced action to provide minimum wage and overtime protections for in-home care workers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)...

Gingrich assailed on Freddie Mac work, fights back

December 16, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, speaks as Texas Gov. Rick Perry looks on during a Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool) SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) —...

Calif. tanker fire will force freeway demolition

December 16, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

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...

Obama stands by Medal of Honor award to Marine

December 16, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

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 Off

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,...