Judge clears way for Murkowski Alaska Senate win

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by conservative Tea Party favorite Joe Miller that challenged his loss in Alaska’s election for a Senate seat, clearing the way for state officials to certify Lisa Murkowski’s historic write-in victory. Read the full story at Reuters

In Cuba, holiday cheer from Uncle Sam

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cubans who receive money from the United States are getting a cash bonus this holiday season from an Obama administration decision that should also cut the flow of underground cash between the two countries. Read the full story at Reuters

Obama to delay 2012 budget by about a week: official

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who has pledged to tackle long-term U.S. debt and deficit challenges, will delay the delivery of his fiscal year 2012 budget by about a week until after February 14. Read the full story at Reuters

The great Cuban egg bust

The great Cuban egg bust

A Cuban-American father and daughter face a possible jail term or hefty fines after their attempt to bring 72 unhatched pigeon eggs from Cuba to the United States fell foul of U.S. Customs. The United States maintains a long-running trade embargo against Cuba that prohibits commercial imports from the communist-ruled island and often leads to […]

Most Christmas trees now are fake ones

Most Christmas trees now are fake ones

Far more Canadians, Americans and Britons will celebrate Christmas on Saturday with artificial Christmas trees in their houses than real ones, according to a survey released on Friday. Sixty two percent of Britons, 58 percent of Canadians and 53 percent of Americans use artificial trees, while only about 16 percent of Americans and Canadians and […]

A lot of grass leads to a big bust

A lot of grass leads to a big bust

Police stopped a driver for running a red light and discovered more than 500 pounds of marijuana inside his minivan, authorities said on Monday. Clement Hunter, 30, was awaiting arraignment on Monday following his arrest on drug charges, authorities said. Hunter ran a red traffic light in the city’s Queens borough early on Sunday morning […]

Lunar gazers get a real show

Lunar gazers get a real show

Skygazers with a clear view in North America and Europe were greeted with a celestial treat in the early morning hours Tuesday, as a unique total lunar eclipse transformed the Moon pink, coppery or even a blood red. Coinciding eerily with the northern hemisphere’s mid-winter solstice — for the first time in almost four centuries […]

Senators still see chance for 9/11 health bill

Senators still see chance for 9/11 health bill

A retooled bill providing medical care for firefighters and other emergency responders to the September 11, 2001 attacks could be resurrected soon in the Senate, a few weeks after Republicans blocked the measure, backers said on Sunday. “We believe we are on a path to victory by the end of this week,” said Senator Charles […]

Bank of America sued over mortgage abuses

Bank of America sued over mortgage abuses

The states of Arizona and Nevada sued Bank of America Corp on Friday, accusing the largest U.S. bank of routinely misleading consumers about home loan modifications. The two lawsuits, filed by each state attorney general in Arizona and Nevada state courts, seek potentially massive fines against the bank and compensation for customers. Arizona accuses Bank […]

New Mexico guv may pardon Billy the Kid

New Mexico guv may pardon Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid, the Wild West outlaw who is reputed to have killed 21 men and whose exploits have been widely chronicled in U.S. popular culture, is under consideration for a pardon. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said on Thursday he was reviewing a pardon petition based on the widespread belief that New Mexico territorial […]