Is Obama ready for an emboldened GOP?

Is Obama ready for an emboldened GOP?

After two weeks out of the spotlight, President Barack Obama is returning to Washington to face an emboldened Republican Party and the first major shake-up of his senior staff. The first weeks of the new year will be an early test of how the president will deal with a divided Congress and whether he can […]

Boehner to Obama: We’re in charge now

Boehner to Obama: We’re in charge now

Eager to show who’s now in charge, the House’s new Republican majority plans to vote to repeal President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul before he even shows up in their chamber to give his State of the Union address. Dramatic as that early showdown promises to be — the vote will be Jan. 12, […]

Vietnam Vets Memorial creator found dead

Vietnam Vets Memorial creator found dead

A military expert who served three Republican presidents and helped get the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built as part of his dedication to those who fought in that war was found dead in a landfill, and authorities are trying to piece together when he was last seen alive. The body of John Wheeler III, 66, was […]

Get your affairs in order: End of days coming in May

Get your affairs in order: End of days coming in May

If there had been time, Marie Exley would have liked to start a family. Instead, the 32-year-old Army veteran has less than six months left, which she’ll spend spreading a stark warning: Judgment Day is almost here. Exley is part of a movement of Christians loosely organized by radio broadcasts and websites, independent of churches […]

Feds claim dollar will rise in 2011

Feds claim dollar will rise in 2011

Never mind the lackluster economy, the huge trade deficit or the government’s piles of debt: The U.S. dollar is still expected to outperform most of the world’s major currencies next year. “By all rights, the dollar should be declining in value, but it’s not,” says Eswar Prasad, economics professor at Cornell University. “For the dollar […]

A humble soldier adjusts to fame

A humble soldier adjusts to fame

It was years in the making, so Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta had time to talk with his wife about the “what if” question. He’d been recommended for the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration. If chosen, his name would be in headlines. His face in the spotlight. He’d be a celebrity. And again […]

Deadly tornadoes claim 7th victim

Deadly tornadoes claim 7th victim

Shaken residents spent New Year’s Day sifting through the wreckage wrought by tornadoes that touched down in several states on the last day of 2010, killing seven people and injuring dozens of others. Six people — three in Missouri and three in Arkansas — died Friday as tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the […]

The GOP agenda: Lots of turmoil, little hope for progress

The GOP agenda: Lots of turmoil, little hope for progress

The Republican agenda for the new Congress that convenes Wednesday may have a greater impact on the 2012 elections than on the lives of Americans in the next two years. Republicans promise to cut spending, roll back President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul and prevent unelected bureaucrats from expanding the government’s role in society through […]

Rock legend Chuck Berry stricken before Chicago show

Rock legend Chuck Berry stricken before Chicago show

Rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry felt ill and was checked out by ambulance medics before a show Saturday night, a Chicago fire official said. An audience member at the show, however, said Berry slumped over during the show and was offstage for at least 20 minutes. Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva said Berry felt better and […]

Expedia pulls the plug on American Airline tickets

Expedia pulls the plug on American Airline tickets

Expedia Inc. has stopped selling tickets on American Airlines flights, the latest twist in a simmering pricing dispute between American and travel websites. “Expedia has chosen to no longer offer American Airlines fares on its website,” American said in an statement posted on its website. “Customers looking to compare flights or fares online should visit […]