Obama claims tax deal will help middle class

Obama claims tax deal will help middle class

President Barack Obama says a tax cut package that’s about to become law will give a much-needed holiday-season boost to middle class Americans and spur the ailing economy. The president called the deal “real money that’s going to make a real difference in people’s lives.” Obama spoke Friday before signing the $858 billion bill that […]

Once again, a court will decide an election

Once again, a court will decide an election

Legal wrangling over Alaska’s contested U.S. Senate race reached the state Supreme Court Friday, with justices hearing Republican Joe Miller‘s appeal of a lower court ruling that amounted to a victory for rival Lisa Murkowski. Miller is appealing a state judge’s decision to toss out his challenge to the handling of the election and counting […]

Obama’s tax bill means nothing to long-term jobless

Obama’s tax bill means nothing to long-term jobless

The tax-cut bill President Barack Obama is expected to sign Friday renews benefits for millions of unemployed people. But it does nothing for hundreds of thousands who have been out of work so long they’ve used up all benefits available to them. In the 25 states with unemployment of at least 8.5 percent, people can […]

Now it’s the ‘Obama’ tax cut

Now it’s the ‘Obama’ tax cut

Displaying a new style of compromising, President Barack Obama invited Democrats and Republicans alike to the White House on Friday for the signing of a massive tax package that frayed his relations with liberals, caused him to abandon a pledge not to extend tax cuts to the rich and heralded a new balance of power […]

Anbody missing a raptor in Utah?

Anbody missing a raptor in Utah?

A small, feathered raptor-like dinosaur thought to be 125 million years old has been discovered in eastern Utah, scientists announced Thursday. The Geminiraptor suarezarum was bipedal and, like other raptors, had a large head. Most of the known raptors discovered in North America date to between 72 million and 75 million years ago, which makes […]

Surprise waiting for 13.4 million taxpayers in new bill

Surprise waiting for 13.4 million taxpayers in new bill

About 13.4 million taxpayers may be getting unexpected tax bills because they were awarded too much money under President Barack Obama‘s Making Work Pay tax credit, a government audit said Thursday. The tax credit, which expires Jan. 1, was designed to increase take-home pay by about $8 a week through new tax withholding tables. The […]

The weather: Just a lot more bad news

The weather: Just a lot more bad news

Snow, sleet and freezing rain wreaked havoc across Mid-Atlantic and Southern states on Thursday, causing hundreds of accidents, four fatal. The nasty pre-winter mix also forced schools to start late, close early or cancel classes altogether. Three people died in separate weather-related crashes in North Carolina. In south-central Kentucky, state police said an 80-year-old man […]

New drug for executions expected to become norm

New drug for executions expected to become norm

A sedative Oklahoma used to execute a death row inmate that is commonly used to euthanize animals could become more popular because of a nationwide shortage of a key ingredient in several states’ lethal injection formulas, death penalty experts say. John David Duty is believed to be the first person in the United States whose […]

The fix is in and headed to Obama for signature

The fix is in and headed to Obama for signature

A massive bipartisan tax package preventing a big New Year’s Day tax hike for millions of Americans is on its way to President Barack Obama for his signature Friday. The measure would extend tax cuts for families at every income level, renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and enact a new one-year cut in […]

Famed director Blake Edwards dead

Famed director Blake Edwards dead

When Julie Andrews began writing her 2008 autobiography, “Home,” her husband Blake Edwards had just one piece of advice: “Characters make your story.” In an up-and-down career that spanned writing, directing and producing nearly 50 films, Edwards’ cultivated more than his share of indelible characters: Peter Sellers’ bumbling Inspector Clouseau of the “Pink Panther” movies, […]