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Congress Nears Deal On Deductions

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Washington — Congressional leaders appeared near a deal late Tuesday to renew $450 billion in tax deductions cherished by consumers, citizens and companies alike. The White House called it a bad deal and vowed a veto, though it faces a tougher Congress in January when Republicans take over the Senate. The deal was being hammered out by two leaders soon to leave their positions of power: Senate Majority Leader Harry …

Coast Guard Brings 193 Rare Sea Turtles to Florida

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Orlando, Fla. — A Coast Guard plane touched down in Orlando at dusk Tuesday hauling a cargo of the world’s rarest sea turtles, rescued by volunteers from the lethally chilly waters and beaches of Cape Cod Bay. Weighing only 2 to 10 pounds, the young Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are among the first …

Brown Family Blasts Prosecutor; Wilson Speaks

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. — Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown. Meanwhile, officer Darren Wilson broke his long …

Cleanup on, Flood Threat Looms After Huge N.Y. Storm

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Buffalo, N.Y. — Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their roofs. After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of …

Cayetana, Spain’s Duchess of Alba Known for Flair, Is Dead at 88

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Spanish Duchess of Alba, whose profusion of noble titles, wealth and flair made her the subject of fascination in Spain and beyond, particularly after her recent marriage to a commoner 24 years her junior, died Nov. 19 at her Duenas palace in Seville of pneumonia. She was …

Lyme Disease Researcher Dies

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hamilton, Mont. — The Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has died in western Montana. A spokesman at the Daly-Leach Chapel said Wilhelm “Willy” Burgdorfer died from complications of Parkinson’s …

Peter Capaldi Muses on His First Year as ‘Doctor Who’

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finishing out his first season as Doctor Who, lead actor Peter Capaldi feels he’s living a dream and having a “fabulous” time. “I get up at half-six in the morning,” he says, “and by 7 o’clock I’m fighting …

Official: No Decision in Ferguson

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But a spokesman for St. Louis County’s top prosecutor said the panel is still in session. There was no …

Biden Tells Russia That U.S. Will Never Accept Crimea Annexation

Friday, November 21, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden told the Kremlin during a visit Friday to Ukraine that the United States will never recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea and warned Moscow that it faces greater isolation if it continues its “provocative action.” Biden was in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, on the first …

GOP Sues Obama Over Health Law

Friday, November 21, 2014

Washington — House Republicans on Friday announced that they have filed a long-awaited legal suit challenging President Obama’s “unilateral actions” on the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced the lawsuit’s filing minutes after he publicly denounced another of the president’s executive moves, this on the …

Iranians Doubtful On Nuclear Talks

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tehran, Iran — As a Monday deadline looms for Iran and global powers to craft a nuclear accord, the official media here already are priming weary citizens for the possibility that no agreement will be forthcoming. Commentators leave little doubt who will be responsible. “America should be blamed …

China, Europe See Growth Amid Global Slowdown

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beijing — China’s central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world’s No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown. The president of the European Central Bank said Friday he …

Obama Begins Pitch On Immigration

Friday, November 21, 2014

Las Vegas (ap) — President Obama said he took steps on his own to fix the immigration system because it’s been “broken” for a long time and “everybody knows it.” Obama said that, after a year and a half of waiting, it was time to do something about …