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Forget the fruitcake: Give skydiving lessons

December 13, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

A screen grab from Groupon’s web site is shown Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. In the uncertain economy, presents like massages and cooking classes play into a growing desire to seek out comfort and treasure cozy moments with family and friends. It helps, too, that it’s become much easier to buy these types of gifts, thanks [&hellip...

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Protests boost sales and fears of sonic blaster

December 13, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

In this photo taken Sept. 14, 2011, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bevington, requirements officer with the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, demonstrates one of the military’s latest voice projection system and instant translation technologies, that can project...

Pauley Perrette: Goth go-to gal on drama ‘NCIS’

December 13, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, actress Pauley Perrette arrives at the 2011 Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. Perrette portrays Abby Sciuto, the Goth lab rat on CBS’ crime procedural,...

Meryl Streep covers Vogue magazine for first time

December 13, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

In this cover image released by Vogue, actress Meryl Streep, star of the film “The Iron Lady,” is shown on the cover of the January 2012 issue of “Vogue.” (AP Photo/Vogue) NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Streep may be one of the finest...

Fed nearing a plan to clarify direction of rates

December 13, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2010 file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee. The Federal Reserve under Bernanke has gone further than ever to explain its policies to the...

NYPD officer shot, killed at scene of break-in

December 13, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

This photo provided by the New York City Police Dept. shows a semi-automatic pistol recovered by police after Officer Peter Figoski was shot in the face and killed early Monday morning, Dec. 12, 2011, while responding to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn...

Protesters halt operations at some western ports

December 13, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

Protesters set up a picket line at a Port of Portland terminal Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Portland, Ore., as part of a West Coast “day of action.” Anti-Wall Street protesters along the West Coast joined an effort Monday to blockade some of the...

Quiet Pa. town center stage for Sandusky faceoff

December 13, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

The Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., is shown Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, charged with sexually abusing boys, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at the courthouse Tuesday. (AP...

‘Survivor’ star Hatch released from RI prison

December 13, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2010 file photo, reality TV star Richard Hatch leaves federal court in Providence, R.I. Hatch on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 was released from a Rhode Island prison after serving a nine-month sentence for failing to pay back taxes. (AP...

Lowe’s stands by decision to pull ads

December 13, 2011 • National NewsComments Off

A customer walks out in front of a Lowe’s store in Allen Park, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Lowe’s is planning to stick by its decision to yank its ads from a reality TV show about American Muslims despite the growing opposition the home improvement...