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Conservative commentator Tony Blankley dies at 63

January 9, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE- In this March 7, 1995, file photo, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, center, and his press secretary, Tony Blankly, left, meet with reporters during a daily Capitol Hill news conference. Blankley, a conservative author and commentator who served as press secretary to Newt Gingrich during the 1990s, when Republicans took control of Congress, died Sunday,...

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Imagine this: ‘American Idol’ without Seacrest?

January 9, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

From left to right, American Idol Judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and host Ryan Seacrest participate in the American Idol panel at the Fox Broadcasting Company Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena , Calif. on...

Romney brushes off rivals’ barbs in NH debate.

January 8, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, listens to Texas Gov. Rick Perry answer a question during a Republican presidential candidate debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP)...

1793 penny fetches $1.38M at Fla. auction

January 8, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows the front and back of one of the first pennies struck at the United States Mint in Philadelphia. This 1793 “Chain Cent” sold for a record $1,380,000 in a public auction conducted by Heritage Auctions...

Bill O’Brien, ‘the right guy,’ takes Penn St reins

January 8, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Penn State’s new football coach Bill O’Brien, poses with his wife Colleen O’Brien after he was introduced during an NCAA college football news conference, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in State College, Pa. O’Brien, who is currently the...

Victim sketch released in NY serial slay probe

January 8, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

In this artist’s rendering provided by the Suffolk County Police Department, a composite sketch of a third unidentified victim in the investigation of the remains discovered off Ocean Parkway in Nassau County in April 2011. The body is one of 11 bodies...

Giffords will soon face decision about future

January 8, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this undated photo provided by ABC, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC’s 20/20. One year after being shot in the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is on a mission to return to the job...

McDermott leads SMU past Pittsburgh, 28-6

January 8, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Shanahan (87) catches a pass for a first down over SMU defensive back Chris Banjo (23) in the first half of the BBVA Compass Bowl NCAA college football game on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)...

Book depicts tensions between first lady, aides

January 7, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. First lady Michelle Obama is a behind-the-scenes force in the White House whose opinions on policy...

NBC planning show for Betty White’s 90th birthday

January 7, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2010 file photo, actress Betty White wears a U.S. Forest Ranger hat after being named an Honorary Forest Ranger by the U.S. Forest Service, at the Kennedy Center in Washington. White says her plans for her upcoming 90th birthday...