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Obama spends Christmas with family, military

December 26, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

President Barack Obama gets a mouth and face full of fingers from Cooper Wall Wagner, 8 months, as he poses for a photo with Cooper and his parents, Captain Greg and Meredith Wagner, while visiting members of the military during Christmas dinner at Anderson Hall on Marine Corps Base Hawaii , Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, [&hellip...

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Doctors, moms take on No. 1 polluter in Utah

December 26, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – This June 3, 2003 file photo shows the Kennecott copper mine, the largest open pit mine in the world, in Bingham Canyon, Utah. Doctors and a lobby group of Utah mothers are blaming the mine’s operator for contributing one-third of Salt Lake...

Fire at ad exec’s Conn. home kills 3 kids, parents

December 26, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

Firefighters investigate a house where an early morning fire left five people dead Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Stamford, Conn. Officials said the fire, which was reported shortly before 5 a.m., killed two adults and three children. Two others escaped. Their...

Police find 7 dead in Fort Worth-area apartment

December 26, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

Grapevine police investigate the scene where they found seven people dead outside Dallas in Grapevine, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. Four women and three men who police believe to be related were found apparently shot to death, and authorities said they...

Prominent Egyptian blogger freed from detention

December 26, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

Egyptian prominent blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, left, hugs his recently born son, Khaled, after after he was released in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. An Egyptian court ordered the release of Alaa after detained nearly two months ago by the ruling...

NY sheriff hawks naming rights for helicopter

December 26, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

This Aug. 27, 2010 photo provided by the Littleton, Mass., Police Department shows a cruiser bearing a Donelan’s Supermarkets bumper sticker. In cash-crimped cities across the nation, naming rights for municipal stadiums, parks, mass-transit stations...

First lady asked Santa to help get Obama to Hawaii

December 25, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

President Barack Obama walks with Donna Willard, wife of Admiral Robert Willard, to greet people waiting for him on the tarmac as he arrives on Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) HONOLULU...

Gingrich fails to qualify for Va. primary ballot

December 25, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt) WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich failed to qualify for...

Black Navy veteran to get medal for WWII actions

December 25, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

This 2009 photo provided by the office of U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, shows Menlo Park resident Carl Clark, left, given a proclamation and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto. It was announced Dec. 22, 2011 that...

NORAD Santa trackers having record holiday

December 25, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2010 file photo, volunteers take phone calls and answer emails at the Santa Tracking Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, Colo. Santa is already piling up monster numbers on social networking sites...