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Gulf War Commander Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 10:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Retired Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78. Schwarzkopf died Thursday from complications from pneumonia in Tampa, Florida, where he lived in retirement. A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as “Stormin’ Norman” because of […]

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Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Mongolian Dinosaur Skeleton

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton into the United States from Mongolia, selling it at auction for more than $1 million. Prosecutors call Eric Prokopi a “one-man black market in prehistoric fossils.” Prokopi also agreed to forfeit claims on other dinosaur remains, including a Chinese flying dinosaur that […]

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Obama to Hold Fiscal Cliff Talks with Top Four Congressional Leaders

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will hold last-minute White House talks with the top four congressional leaders as the deadline for avoiding the fiscal cliff fast approaches. Mr. Obama will meet Friday with Democratic and Republican Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy […]

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Schatz Sworn In As Hawaii’s New Senator

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The Pacific island state of Hawaii has a new U.S. senator, 40-year-old Democrat Brian Schatz, who succeeds the late Daniel Inouye. Vice President Joe Biden led the swearing-in of Schatz Thursday in Washington. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Schatz, who was his lieutenant governor, on Wednesday. Schatz left Hawaii late Wednesday on Air Force One […]

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Massive Storm Disrupts Travel in Northeastern US

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A persistent winter storm that moved into the northeastern United States Wednesday has forced the delay of hundreds of airline flights, frustrating travelers still trying to return home after the Christmas holiday. The storm spawned high winds, snow and sleet across several states all the way up to Maine. The system also created hazardous driving […]

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Obama Returns to Washington, House Called Back for Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama cut short his Hawaiian holiday and flew back to Washington Thursday as the deadline for avoiding the fiscal cliff comes down to the wire. If there is no deal by January 1, nearly every American will see his or her taxes go up, along with automatic government spending cuts. Economists fear […]

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Obama Back in Washington For Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has returned to Washington, cutting short a vacation in Hawaii to tackle negotiations on preventing tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect January 1. Democrats and Republicans have, so far, failed to reach an agreement on averting the so-called fiscal cliff. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it appears the […]

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Reid: US Appears to be Heading Over ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it appears the United States is headed over the so-called fiscal cliff in which automatic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect. Democrats and Republicans have, so far, failed to reach an agreement preventing changes on January 1. On the Senate floor Thursday, Reid blasted House Speaker John […]

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Massive Storm Disrupts Travel in Northeastern US

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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A severe winter storm moved into the northeastern United States Wednesday, creating dangerous driving conditions for motorists and stranding thousands of travelers at airports. The storm spawned high winds, snow and sleet from New York state into Maine. Some states, including Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, received at least 30 centimeters of snow, prompting authorities to urge […]

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Ex-President George H.W. Bush In Intensive Care in Texas Hospital

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been moved to an intensive care unit at a hospital in Houston, Texas. The 88-year-old former president was admitted to the hospital last month suffering from bronchitis. His spokesman says Mr. Bush was moved to the intensive care unit Sunday after a “series of setbacks,” including a persistent […]

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