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Obama ‘Modestly Optimistic’ on Last-Minute Fiscal Deal

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is “modestly optimistic” that a deal can be reached with Congress to avert a looming set of tax hikes and spending cuts that threaten to plunge the U.S. economy back into recession. Mr. Obama told reporters Friday that Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic Senator Harry Reid were working […]

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NY Police Charge Woman in Firefighter Ambush Plot

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in western New York state have arrested and charged a 24-year-old woman in connection with the guns used Monday to ambush and kill two firefighters who had responded to a house fire. Authorities say Dawn Nguyen of Rochester faces charges of falsifying documents, but no details were immediately available. Federal charges against her are […]

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Obama, Congressional Leaders Hold Fiscal Cliff Talks

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama held talks Friday with top congressional leaders, in a bid to avert the “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax hikes and federal spending cuts. President Obama met at the White House with the Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate — Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid, respectively — and House Speaker John […]

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Obama, Congressional Leaders Meet For Fiscal Cliff Talks

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is meeting at the White House with top congressional leaders, in a bid to avert the “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax hikes and federal spending cuts. The president called the meeting with the leadership in the House and Senate days before the changes are set to begin January 1. If there […]

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US Port Strike Averted For Now

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. federal mediator says an agreement has been reached in a port dispute, averting for now a strike by thousands of longshoremen at major U.S. ports. The director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, George Cohen, says a container royalty payment issue has been agreed upon in principle between the United States Maritime […]

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Obama to Hold Fiscal Cliff Talks with Top Four Congressional Leaders

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is holding White House talks Friday with the top four congressional leaders as the deadline for avoiding the “fiscal cliff” fast approaches. Mr. Obama will meet with Democratic and Republican Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. […]

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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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