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House Backs Off Boehner's 'Plan B' House Backs Off Boehner's 'Plan B'
The House has postponed a vote on Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" bill, which deals with the tax portion of the fiscal cliff. After passing a measure to thwart automatic cuts on defense spending, the House abruptly went into recess, which NPR's Tamara Keith reports was a signal that the Republicans did not have enough votes to pass the tax measure. Boehner released a statement on the vote Thursday night: "The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from...
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296 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 12/20/2012 6:09:00 PM

Storm Hosts Rose Parade Show After Fiery Accident Storm Hosts Rose Parade Show After Fiery Accident
With a wave of her bandaged left hand, and boosted by well wishes from Dr. Phil, Chris Evert and even a young woman she once babysat, Hannah Storm returned to a most comfortable setting — talking in front of a TV camera. The ESPN anchor hosted the Rose Parade telecast Tuesday in her first on-air appearance since sustaining first- and second-degree burns to her face, hands, chest and neck in a propane gas grill accident Dec. 11. "I was just so happy to be there, so grateful," she said by phone from...
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296 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 1/1/2013 7:41:23 PM

Nebraska Governor OKs New Keystone Pipeline Route Nebraska Governor OKs New Keystone Pipeline Route
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heinenman announced today that his state had completed an evaluation of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline proposal. In a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Heinenman said they were satisfied with a new route that avoids the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills so the state has approved the route. Heinenman said the decision was made after soliciting public comments and analyzing the "environmental, economic and social" impacts of the pipeline. Heinenman...
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296 Hits, 5 Comments, Added On 1/22/2013 10:18:00 AM

Maternity Mortality Remains High in Ghana Maternity Mortality Remains High in Ghana
— In Ghana, government policy allows pregnant women access health care and skilled delivery services, but deaths due to pregnancy and related causes remain high. Lack of professional assistanceTalata, a 38-year-old housewife in the Upper East region was being assisted to deliver her eighth child at home when she started having difficulties.  All of Talata’s babies were born in a home setting so she never sought help from professionals when labor started.  Unfortunately she suffered retention of the...
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297 Hits, 5 Comments, Added On 1/23/2013 9:11:27 AM

Venezuelans On Edge Amid Shifting News On Chavez Venezuelans On Edge Amid Shifting News On Chavez
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans are beginning 2013 with a respite from shifting news about the health of President Hugo Chavez, who underwent his fourth cancer surgery last month. The country was largely peaceful Tuesday after a New Year's Eve that saw a main government celebration canceled due to Chavez's illness. Bolivian President Evo Morales issued a New Year's greeting to Chavez lamenting the health problems plaguing his "anti-imperialist comrade." Chavez son-in-law Jorge Arreaza wrote in a...
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297 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 1/1/2013 7:42:38 PM

North Korea Cracks Down On Knowledge Smugglers North Korea Cracks Down On Knowledge Smugglers
HUNCHUN, China (AP) — The warning came from Kim Jong Un, the North Korean ruler who sees his isolated nation, just across the border from this busy Chinese trading town, as under siege. The attack, he said, must be stopped. "We must extend the fight against the enemy's ideological and cultural infiltration," Kim said in an October speech at the headquarters of his immensely powerful internal security service. Kim, who became North Korea's supreme leader after the death of his father a year ago, called...
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297 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 12/31/2012 11:50:44 AM

America the Mostly Beautiful America the Mostly Beautiful
In the fall of 2010, as part of a book project, ex-newspaperman Bill Steigerwald retraced the route John Steinbeck took in 1960 and turned into his classic “Travels With Charley.” Steigerwald drove 11,276 miles in 43 days from Long Island to the top of Maine to Seattle to San Francisco to New Orleans before heading back to his home in Pittsburgh.  In “Dogging Steinbeck,” his new e-book about how he discovered “Charley” was not nonfiction but a highly fictionalized and dishonest account of Steinbeck’s...
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297 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 12/25/2012 10:38:39 AM

US Reports Cite Disappointing Holiday Sales US Reports Cite Disappointing Holiday Sales
The latest economic reports show disappointing U.S. retail sales, rising housing prices, while consumers are growing a bit less pessimistic. Holiday sales grew a meager seven-tenths of one percent compared to this time last year, according to a study by "SpendingPulse." Holiday sales are a vital part of the consumer demand that drives most U.S. economic activity.  Experts blamed the slowing growth in retail sales on the massive hurricane that hit the New York area and consumer worries that Washington's...
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297 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 12/26/2012 9:15:01 AM

Obama, Congressional Leaders Have Days to Craft Fiscal Deal Obama, Congressional Leaders Have Days to Craft Fiscal Deal
— U.S. President Barack Obama returns to Washington Thursday to resume difficult negotiations with congressional leaders to avert or postpone tax increases and mandatory government spending cuts at the end of the year.Curtailing what was to have been a two-week vacation with his family in Hawaii, Obama will assess progress made by lawmakers and his own aides toward achieving this goal he set last Friday."To work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class Americans, protects unemployment...
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297 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 12/26/2012 3:37:31 PM

Official Acquitted In Russian Jail Death Case Official Acquitted In Russian Jail Death Case
MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court is expected to hand down a verdict for the first and only official charged with the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a case his family dismissed as sham and humiliating. Magnitsky died in jail in 2009 after his pancreatitis went untreated. An investigation by Russia's presidential council on human rights concluded that Magnitsky was severely beaten and denied medical treatment. It accused the government of failing to prosecute those...
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297 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 12/28/2012 2:43:05 AM

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