December 6, 2012 RSS feed / Nation/World

Administration acts tough on ‘cliff’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration is taking a tough line on the “fiscal cliff” at the same time President Barack Obama resumes contact with House Speaker John Boehner over ways to avert across-the-board spending cuts and tax incr More...

Jobless aid applications drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell sharply last week as a temporary spike caused by Superstorm Sandy has faded. Weekly applications have fallen back to a level consistent with modest hiring. More...

Homeless man charged in subway rider’s death

NEW YORK (AP) — While New York City straphangers pondered what they would do in a similar nightmare situation, authorities charged a homeless man in the death of a Queens resident pushed in front of an oncoming subway train and killed as onlook More...

La. watches weather as crews move explosives

DOYLINE, La. (AP) — Authorities are keeping a close eye on the weather and watching for lightning as they work to secure 6 million pounds of explosives at a former ammunition plant in northwest Louisiana.  State police spokeswoman Lt. More...

Man, wife fought before subway push

NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of a New York City man who was pushed onto subway tracks to his death by a mumbling stranger says she and her husband had argued before the tragedy.  Ki-Suck Han of Queens died at a hospital shortly after being hit More...

Holder to help launch anti-pedophilia alliance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder and European Union Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrvm will launch a global alliance targeting online child sexual abuse, building on the success of cross-border police operations that More...

Official alleges Syria moving chemical weapons components

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and allied intelligence have detected Syrian movement of chemical weapons components in recent days, a senior U.S. More...

Police: man shoots, kills ex at church

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White House to GOP: It’s your move

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republicans are playing a game of political chicken as the end-of-year deadline approaches for averting the “fiscal cliff,” a combination of expiring tax reductions and across-theboard sp More...

Senate votes to bar indefinite detention in defense bill

WASHINGTON   The Senate has revived a divisive debate over civil liberties and the president’s powers as commander in chief, voting that Americans citizens suspected of terrorism and seized on U.S. soil may not be held indefinitely.  More...

First President Bush in stable condition

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. More...

Derailment sends cars of chemicals into creek

PAULSBORO, N.J. More...

Sandy holds back U.S. consumer spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back on spending last month and saw no growth in their income, reflecting disruptions from Superstorm Sandy.  More...

Military Update

After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, don’t assume equal perks

With repeal last year of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, many military people, including senior leaders, assumed married gay and lesbian couples had gained job security equality in allowances and benefits, and access to family support programs.&nb More...

We remember

The Department of Defense announced the death of these Americans supporting Operation Enduring Freedom:  U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin R. Ebbert, 32, of Arcata, Calif., died Nov. 24 in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.  More...

White House, Congress talk as ‘fiscal cliff’ nears

WASHINGTON   Amid increasing anxiety that the White House and top Republicans are wasting time as the government slides toward an economy-rattling “fiscal cliff,” administration officials are heading to Capitol Hill for talks with co More...

Hunt on for record Powerball winners

CHICAGO (AP) — The richest Powerball jackpot ever — and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history — has been won. The question now becomes: Who are the lucky winners waking up to new lives as multimillionaires? More...

Obama invites Romney to lunch

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bitter campaign foes just weeks ago, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are sharing lunch at the White House with an eye on overlapping interests rather than the sharp differences that defined their presidential contest. More...

Senate Dems rally for Rice against GOP opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats rallied to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s defense as Republicans said they were even more troubled by her account of the deadly attack on the U.S. More...

Obama to appeal to public on fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON   President Barack Obama plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday as he pressures Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy More...