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‘Black Friday’ kicks off the Christmas season

‘Black Friday’ kicks off the Christmas season

After weeks of “Black Friday” sales pitches, the real thing is finally here. Retailers are ushering in the traditional kickoff of the U.S. holiday shopping season on Friday with expanded…

Ohio gay rights debate mirrors national mood

Ohio gay rights debate mirrors national mood

Thirty years ago, a vote like the one just decided in the university town of Bowling Green, OH, wouldn’t have happened; gay-rights activism hadn’t taken root across most of America.…

Obama plays Annie: ‘The sun will come out tomorrow’

Obama plays Annie: ‘The sun will come out tomorrow’

Saying America has a history of doing what it takes to make a better tomorrow, President Barack Obama is calling on a country climbing out of its worst economic slump…

The hammer comes down on Tom DeLay

The hammer comes down on Tom DeLay

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress — was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money…

Michele’s White House is no ‘Camelot’

Michele’s White House is no ‘Camelot’

She has glamorized kitchen gardening, spotlighted childhood obesity and invited thousands of students, many of them minorities, to official White House events. Expectations were high for a different kind of…

Consumer czar Elizabeth Warren giving face time to industry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Elizabeth Warren has been on what looks like a diplomatic mission, meeting with some of the biggest names in the financial industry since becoming President Barack Obama’s…

Palin: Political contender or pretender?

Palin: Political contender or pretender?

Sarah Palin, the telegenic Republican who exasperates and delights voters about equally, is dropping ever more hints of a presidential bid, including a visit Saturday to the key state of…

Gawker.com and Sarah Palin book publisher settle dispute

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s publisher, HarperCollins, and a U.S. news and gossip website have reached a settlement after it posted excerpts of her new…

Ex-House leader Tom DeLay guilty of money-laundering

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas jury on Wednesday found former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, dubbed “The Hammer” for his hard-driving style, guilty of money laundering and conspiracy.…

Airport lines move smoothly as protest fizzles

Airport lines move smoothly as protest fizzles

The lines moved smoothly at airports around the country Wednesday afternoon despite an Internet campaign to get Thanksgiving travelers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days…