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GOP scores early budget victories without shutdown

GOP scores early budget victories without shutdown

Less than three months into a tea party-flavored Congress, federal budget cuts amount to $10 billion. Government shutdowns total zero.   That translates into twin early triumphs for Republicans, who…

For real estate, it’s a buyer’s market

For real estate, it’s a buyer’s market

In suburban Chicago, it’s paradise to be a homebuyer. At the Millbrook Pointe development in quaint and pristine Wheeling, a $269,000, brick-and-stone townhouse comes with $25,000 in free upgrades, including…

Hispanics fastest growing segment of U.S. population

Hispanics fastest growing segment of U.S. population

In a surprising show of growth, Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade, exceeding estimates in most states. Pulled by migration to…

What happened in the control tower of Reagan Airport?

What happened in the control tower of Reagan Airport?

Air traffic safety is under increased scrutiny by federal authorities following an incident in which two passenger jets landed without controller assistance at Reagan National Airport because no one could…

Obama comes home to face political storms

Obama comes home to face political storms

Returning home to some messy politics, President Barack Obama must contend with a battery of challenges, from a spending standoff that threatens to shut down the government to congressional angst…

Libya attack costs approaching a billion

Libya attack costs approaching a billion

Stretched thin by two wars, the U.S. military is spending upward of $1 billion in an international assault to destroy Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and save rebels from…

GOP looked for ways to punish Wisconsin Democrats

GOP looked for ways to punish Wisconsin Democrats

Everything from taking away computers to denying a year of service in the state retirement system was considered to punish the 14 Wisconsin Democrats who fled to Illinois for three…

Obama’s peace trip turns into a war folly

Obama’s peace trip turns into a war folly

  In the heart of his mission to Latin America, President Barack Obama tried to get the world to see what he saw. “Latin America is at peace,” he said…

Calculating the escalating cost of Obama’s war on Libya

Calculating the escalating cost of Obama’s war on Libya

Calculating the U.S. price tag for the no-fly zone in Libya is hardly simple math. Four nights of a U.S. and European assault easily tops hundreds of millions of dollars…

Warning couch potatos: Sex can kill you

Warning couch potatos: Sex can kill you

Sex and exercise can trigger heart attacks in older people who don’t get much of either, a new analysis finds. The risk is low, but it’s a good reminder that…