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Dems drop millionaires tax in year-end dispute

December 15, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

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 Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats backed away from their demand for higher taxes on [&hellip...

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Fallout from FAMU: Ga. high schools suspend bands

December 15, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

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 Off

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 Off

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 Off

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 Off

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,...

Take that back! Returns are big for the holidays

December 15, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

In this Dec. 8, 2011 photo, shelves in a warehouse are stacked with returned merchandise at Liquidity Services in Cranbury, N.J. The items are refurbished as needed then resold. Christmas still is several days away, but shoppers already are suffering from...

Review: Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus a sweet smartphone

December 15, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

An Associated Press reporter demonstrates the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone, which runs the newest version of Google’s Android mobile software, Ice Cream Sandwich, during a product review in San Francisco, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) SAN...

APNewsBreak: Satellite gets pic of Chinese carrier

December 15, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

This Dec. 8, 2011 satellite image provided by the the DigitalGlobe Analysis Center shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Varyag sailing in the Yellow Sea, approximately 100 kilometers south-southeast of the port of Dalian, China. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)...

Snoopy Christmas display saved from foreclosure

December 14, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

Snoopy greets one-year-old Raeghan Thompson, from Newport Beach, Calif., at the “Snoopy House” display that Jim Jordan started 44 years ago, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, on the lawn outside City Hall in Costa Mesa, Calif. The city of Costa Mesa offered...