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Holiday Storms Sweep Through Southwestern U.S.

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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At least two people are dead after a severe weather system swept through the southern United States on Christmas Day . Tornadoes touched down in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, damaging or destroying scores of homes and leaving tens of thousands of residents in the region without power. The system also caused winter storms in […]

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Analysts: Bad Weather, Violence Weaken Pre-Holiday Retail Sales

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Economists say a combination of natural and man-made disasters led to unexpectedly weak U.S. retail sales in the crucial two months before Christmas. MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, which tracks retail spending, reports that sales rose just 0.7 percent over the same October-to-December period last year. MasterCard says October’s Superstorm Sandy affected sales in the Northeast while […]

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US Moves to Sell Advanced Spy Drones to South Korea

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration has formally proposed the sale of advanced spy drones to South Korea, in a push to boost the Seoul government’s ability to protect itself from attacks by the heavily-militarized North. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement that it has officially notified Congress of the proposed $1.2 billion deal for […]

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US Firefighter Killed Used Assault Rifle, Left Note

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The 62-year-old ex-convict who set his house on fire and ambushed firefighters in New York state, killing two, left a chilling note for authorities saying he was doing “what I like doing best, killing people.” Police from the town of Webster say William Spengler said in a two to three-page typewritten note he wanted to […]

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Police: Deadly Attack on US Firefighters a Trap

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Residents in a town in the state of New York are marking Christmas with heavy hearts after two volunteer firefighters were shot and killed while responding to a blaze that officials say was set as a trap. Officials say a 62-year-old ex-convict, William Spengler, set his house and car on fire early Monday to lure […]

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Extreme Weather Forecast for US Christmas

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Storm warnings have been posted for much of the United States over the next several days – threatening to disrupt Christmas holiday travel plans for millions of people. A huge winter storm that dumped almost two meters of snow in California was heading eastward through the Midwest and was expected to hit the heavily populated […]

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Shooting Kills Two US Firefighters, Wounds Two More

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Two volunteer firefighters were fatally shot Monday in the latest example of American gun violence since a primary school shooting spree shocked the nation earlier this month. Two more firefighters were wounded as they rushed to put out a house fire near the shore of Lake Ontario, about 540 kilometers Northwest of New York City. […]

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US Political Bickering Hurts Economy

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Continued political bickering in the United States is hurting stock and commodity prices and slowing spending by some U.S. holiday shoppers. Oil was trading below $89 a barrel Monday, as traders worried that an economic downturn could cut demand for energy. U.S. stocks were down in early trading, while European and Asian stocks were mixed […]

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US Political Bickering Hurts Economy

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Continued political bickering in the United States is hurting stock and commodity prices and slowing spending by some U.S. holiday shoppers. Oil was trading below $89 a barrel Monday, as traders worried that an economic downturn could cut demand for energy. U.S. stocks were down in early trading, while European and Asian stocks were mixed […]

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NRA to Oppose Any New Gun Laws

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of the National Rifle Association, the top gun-rights lobbyist in the United States, says his group opposes any new laws restricting the right to own guns. Wayne LaPierre told NBC television’s Meet the Press Sunday that a gun is a tool and that the problem with gun violence in the United States is […]

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