December 21, 2011 RSS feed / World

Showdown over payroll tax tests Obama, GOP

WASHINGTON ( AP) — Stuck in a stalemate, President Barack Obama and his Republican rivals are slugging it out in Washington rather than reaching for a holiday season accord to prevent payroll taxes from going up on 160 million workers.  More...

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Crowd of mourners gather for Kim Jong Il   PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Tens of thousands of mourners packed Pyongyang’s snowy main square today to pay respects to late leader Kim Jong Il as North Korea tightened security in cities More...

Roads reopen after storm

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Deadly snowstorm hits nation’s Great Plains

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Winn-Dixie stores sold

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The supermarket chain Winn- Dixie is being sold in a deal valued at $560 million to Bi-Lo LLC, the companies said Monday, creating a huge grocery operator in the South.  More...

House GOP out to reshape Senate’s payroll tax cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is edging closer to yet another down-to-the wire showdown as House Republicans shun a bipartisan payroll tax cut bill approved by the Senate and prepare to write a package to please rank-andfile GOP lawmakers clamorin More...

STUCK IN FRANCE

THE CARGO SHIP TK Bremen is shown stranded on the beach at Kerminihy, near Erdeven, France, today. More...

Mars probe will crash in January

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian spacecraft bound for a moon of Mars and stuck in Earth’s orbit will come crashing back next month, but its toxic fuel and radioactive material on board will pose no danger of contamination, the Russian space agency More...

Shutdown likely averted as tax talks go on

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress appears on track to avert a government shutdown this weekend, even as President Barack Obama’s push to extend a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for another year is encountering snags.  More...

World’s shortest woman wants to be actor

NAGPUR, India (AP) — A high school student in central India was recognized as the world’s shortest woman by Guinness World Records today as she turned 18 and said she hopes to earn a degree and make it in Bollywood.  More...

Romney, Gingrich slugfest intensifies

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — The slugfest between Republican presidential frontrunners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich is escalating, as the two sparred from a distance with attack ads that have come to dominate the volatile contest.  More...

Bon Jovi: ‘Heaven looks a lot like N.J.’

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Paroled American leaves Peru

NEWARK, N. J. More...

Suspect in NYC torching charged

NEW YORK (AP) — Deloris Gillespie was a fun- loving, fast-talking mother of four who helped anyone she could in her Brooklyn neighborhood and at the post office where she worked for years.  Suddenly, in a few fiery moments in an elevator & More...

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Kim Jong Il body displayed in palace   PYONGYANG, North Korea ( AP) — The body of North Korea’s longtime ruler Kim Jong Il was laid out in a memorial palace today as weeping mourners filled public plazas and state media fed a budding More...

Housing starts and permits surge, but levels remain low

WASHINGTON   A surge in apartment construction gave home builders more work in November. More...

Army suspends female drill sergeant leader

COLUMBIA, S. C. ( AP) — The Army has suspended the first woman to lead its drill sergeant school while it investigates an undisclosed personnel matter, the service said Thursday.  More...

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Maker of blowout preventer settles   NEW ORLEANS ( AP) — Cameron International, the maker of the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer that failed to stop last year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has agreed to pay $ 250 mil More...

Romney-Gingrich contrasts marking campaign

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidates are plunging into the final weekend of campaigning before the holidays, with Newt Gingrich looking to maintain his lead while Mitt Romney and other rivals work to tear him down.   More...

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Court agrees to hear Assange’s appeal   LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s appeal against extradition.  Assange is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allega More...