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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…

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,…

Smaller crowd expected at Obama’s second inauguration

Smaller crowd expected at Obama’s second inauguration

Visitors coming to the nation’s capital for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration can’t stay in the one place President Ronald Reagan‘s family once called an eight-star hotel. That spot is…

Christmas presents from Mother Nature: Storms, hurricanes

Christmas presents from Mother Nature: Storms, hurricanes

Forecasts of snow, sleet and freezing rain threatened to complicate Christmas Day travel around the nation’s midsection Tuesday as several Gulf Coast states braced for a chance of twisters and…

Record number of calls to Santa

Record number of calls to Santa

Most of the thousands of children who call the annual Santa-tracking operation at a Colorado Air Force Base on Christmas Eve ask the usual questions: “Where’s Santa, and when will…

Going over the ‘fiscal cliff:’ How hard will we land?

Going over the ‘fiscal cliff:’  How hard will we land?

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…

Guunman set trap to lure, shoot firefighters in New York

Guunman set trap to lure, shoot firefighters in New York

A man who set his house on fire then lured firefighters to their deaths in a blaze of flames and bullets had attracted little attention since he got out of…

Right-wing Mormon Senator busted for DUI

Right-wing Mormon Senator busted for DUI

A conservative U.S. senator from Idaho who has said he doesn’t drink because of his Mormon faith has been charged with drunken driving. Sen. Michael Crapo, a three-term Republican with…

Lawmakers see ‘fiscal cliff’ deal slipping away

Lawmakers see ‘fiscal cliff’ deal slipping away

With anxiety rising as the country lurches towards a “fiscal cliff,” lawmakers are increasingly skeptical about a possible deal and some predict the best possibility would be a small-scale patch…

Congress shows more support for limitng size of gun magazines

Congress shows more support for limitng size of gun magazines

Lawmakers from both parties voiced their willingness Sunday to pursue some changes to the nation’s gun laws, but adamant opposition from the National Rifle Association has made clear than any…