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Picking up the pieces after a tornado strikes

Picking up the pieces after a tornado strikes

It was bad enough that a tornado obliterated Derrick Keef’s house. Worse still was the heartbreaking scavenger hunt for his most priceless possessions strewn across the devastated neighborhood. His guns…

Storms devastate South, kill at least 85

Storms devastate South, kill at least 85

Fierce storms that spawned tornadoes roared across the South, killing at least 85 people as they wiped out homes and businesses, forced a nuclear power plant to use backup generators…

Birth records: Obama had no choice

Birth records: Obama had no choice

Confronting doubters who harbor questions about his place of birth, President Barack Obama chose to defy one of his White House’s own rules: Don’t get dragged into the news skirmish…

Shadow of Wisconsin union fight looms over local races

Shadow of Wisconsin union fight looms over local races

When the race for Green Bay mayor began months ago, the main issues looked clear-cut: planning downtown development, dealing with dwindling state aid and debating whether the city should have…

The greatest story ever sold

The greatest story ever sold

About 31,000 central Pennsylvanians will soon be living in a joke. Beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the city of Altoona will change its name to “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest…

Hackers put PlayStation users data at risk

Hackers put PlayStation users data at risk

Sony Corp. said Tuesday that the credit card data of PlayStation users around the world may have been stolen in a hack that forced it to shut down its PlayStation…

Boomers say being old is a plus at work

Boomers say being old is a plus at work

Feel like the office geezer? Age may be an asset at work, or no issue at all, according to an AP-LifeGoesStrong.com poll. Nearly half of those born between 1946 and…

Fed ponders next steps for economic recovery

Fed ponders next steps for economic recovery

The Federal Reserve is increasingly confident in the economy and about to end a $600 billion program to support it. Now for the next step — figuring out how to…

Democrats try, and fail, with GOP stalling tactic

Democrats try, and fail, with GOP stalling tactic

A year ago, when Republicans were in the minority on Capitol Hill, they drove Democrats crazy by using an obscure parliamentary maneuver to change, delay and even kill Democratic priorities.…

GOP Presidential wannabes chase the money

GOP Presidential wannabes chase the money

Mitt Romney is organizing a phone bank fundraiser in Las Vegas next month. Tim Pawlenty is holding regular “friendraising” meetings in big-money California and elsewhere. Haley Barbour hunkers down soon…