Last ditch effort for a ‘fiscal cliff’ deal in Senate

Last ditch effort for a ‘fiscal cliff’ deal in Senate

Senate leaders rushed to assemble a last-ditch agreement to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly delay steep spending cuts in an urgent attempt to find common ground after weeks of postelection gridlock. An impatient President Barack Obama pressed top lawmakers to cut a deal, even one that falls short of the ambitions he and congressional […]

Last minute stab at ‘fiscal cliff” averting deal may be too little too late

Last minute stab at ‘fiscal cliff” averting deal may be too little too late

Amid partisan bluster, top members of Congress and President Barack Obama were holding out slim hopes for a limited fiscal deal before the new year. But even as congressional leaders prepared to convene at the White House, there were no signs that legislation palatable to both sides was taking shape. The Friday afternoon meeting among […]

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dead at 78

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dead at 78

┬áTruth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn’t care much for his popular “Stormin’ Norman” nickname. The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander’s reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as […]

No deal in sight as ‘fiscal cliff’ deadline nears

No deal in sight as ‘fiscal cliff’ deadline nears

Lawmakers are engaged in a playground game of “who goes first,” daring each political party to let the year end without resolving a Jan. 1 confluence of higher taxes and deep spending cuts that could rattle a recovering, but-still-fragile economy. President Barack Obama returns from Hawaii Thursday to this increasingly familiar deadline showdown in the […]

Obama’s controversial EPA administrator resigns

Obama’s controversial EPA administrator resigns

The Obama administration‘s chief environmental watchdog, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation’s economy and people’s health. Jackson, the agency’s first black administrator, […]

‘Fiscal cliff’ deadlockers heading back for last minute effort

‘Fiscal cliff’ deadlockers heading back for last minute effort

Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end “fiscal cliff” were in disarray as lawmakers fled the Capitol for their Christmas break. “God only knows” how a deal can be reached now, House Speaker John Boehner declared. President Barack Obama, on his way out of town himself, insisted a bargain could still be […]

Shoppers spending disappoints retailers during holiday

Shoppers spending disappoints retailers during holiday

U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending. Sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 percent compared with last year, according to the MasterCard Advisors […]

Storm loaded with snow, tornadoes headed East

Storm loaded with snow, tornadoes headed East

An enormous storm system that dumped snow and sleet on the nation’s midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the Deep South began punching its way toward the Northeast on Wednesday, slowing holiday travel. Post-Christmas travelers braced for flight delays and a raft of weather warnings for drivers, a day after rare winter twisters damaged buildings […]