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Obama, GOP skirmish on payroll tax cut both favor

Obama, GOP skirmish on payroll tax cut both favor »

        WASHINGTON (AP and Staff) — President Barack Obama vowed to delay Congress’ year-end vacation as well as his own Thursday for “as long as …

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Appeal is Blagojevich’s last hope to cut sentence

Appeal is Blagojevich’s last hope to cut sentence »

  CHICAGO (AP and Staff) — Rod Blagojevich has one last, slim hope to reduce his tough 14-year sentence: an appeal. Experts say lawyers for the impeached Illinois governor …

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Small towns fear losing holiday postmarks

Small towns fear losing holiday postmarks »

      BETHLEHEM, Ind. (AP and Staff) — Each December, a sleepy one-man post office in rural Indiana roars to life as thousands of holiday greeting cards arrive …

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US News & Politics

Recovery set for 5 killed in tour helicopter crash

Recovery set for 5 killed in tour helicopter crash »

LAS VEGAS (AP & Staff) — Federal crash investigators and a local recovery team expect to retrieve five bodies from a remote canyon near Lake Mead where a tour helicopter …

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Panel chairman blasts Justice Dept. on gun probe

Panel chairman blasts Justice Dept. on gun probe »

WASHINGTON (AP & Staff) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee accuses the Justice Department of giving inconsistent statements about what he calls a reckless and …

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Nation marks 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Nation marks 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor »

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP & staff) — In wheelchairs and on walkers, the old veterans came Wednesday to remember the day 70 years ago when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. …

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Wisconsin community buries unidentified crime victim

Wisconsin community buries unidentified crime victim »

WAUPUN, Wis. (AP & staff) — A local funeral home offered flowers. The town’s high school donated a wreath. The county found the cash to pay for the casket. Strangers …

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Rod Blagojevich begins bleak countdown to prison

Rod Blagojevich begins bleak countdown to prison »

CHICAGO (AP & staff) — Rod Blagojevich starts his Thursday facing a bleak countdown — 71 days before the twice-elected Illinois governor must say goodbye to his family and …

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NHL Standings – December 8, 2011 »

NHL Standings – December 8, 2011

Eastern Conference ATLANTIC GP W L OTL PTS Pittsburgh 28 16 8 4 36 Philadelphia 26 16 7 3 35 NY Rangers 24 15 6 3 33 New Jersey 26 13 12 1 27 NY Islanders 25 9 11 5…

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Astros hire Jeff Luhnow as general manager »

Astros hire Jeff Luhnow as general manager

DALLAS (AP & Staff) — The Houston Astros hired Jeff Luhnow as their new general manager Wednesday night, hoping he can help rebuild a team that finished with the worst …

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Donovan, Beckham lead LA Galaxy to MLS title »

Donovan, Beckham lead LA Galaxy to MLS title

CARSON, Calif. (AP & Staff) — Landon Donovan scored in the 72nd minute on passes from Robbie Keane and David Beckham, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s three superstars won …

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BC Classic makes Horse of Year winner unpredictable »

BC Classic makes Horse of Year winner unpredictable

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP & Staff) — The Breeders’ Cup Classic, which was won by Drosselmeyer in an upset fashion, has scrambled the Horse of the Year race picture. …

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Woods’ win at least was significant to him »

Woods’ win at least was significant to him

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP & Staff) — Earl Woods could blow smoke with the best of them, yet it was always entertaining. Such was the case years ago when he was raving about …

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Stewart tosses verbal jabs, bids to rattle Edwards »

Stewart tosses verbal jabs, bids to rattle Edwards

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP & Staff) — Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards engaged in a verbal tussle in Thursday night press conference as they prime themselves for a tough battle …

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Nadal, Ferrer give Spain 2-0 Davis Cup lead »

Nadal, Ferrer give Spain 2-0 Davis Cup lead

SEVILLE, Spain (AP & Staff) — David Ferrer put Spain on the brink of another Davis Cup title by rallying for a 6-2, 6-7 (2), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory Friday over Juan Martin …

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US picks up 2 more golds in rowing at Pan Am Games »

US picks up 2 more golds in rowing at Pan Am Games

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP & staff) — The United States picked up two more gold medals in rowing Wednesday at the Pan American Games. Jennifer Goldsack won the women’s …

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Geoffrey Mutai shatters record at NYC Marathon »

Geoffrey Mutai shatters record at NYC Marathon

NEW YORK (AP & Staff) — Geoffrey Mutai blew past the competition Sunday to win the New York City Marathon in a record-breaking fashion. Geoffrey Mutai likes his chances in …

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Heinz beats Staszko in $8.72M WSOP main event »

Heinz beats Staszko in $8.72M WSOP main event

LAS VEGAS (AP & Staff) — A 22-year-old German poker professional won the World Series of Poker main event and $8.72 million Tuesday night, capturing the title with an ace …

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Basketball star out for season after plane crash »

Basketball star out for season after plane crash

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP & staff) — An Indiana high school basketball star who suffered a serious head injury in a small plane crash that killed his father and stepmother likely …

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Lawyer: 6 Sandusky accusers to testify next week »

Lawyer: 6 Sandusky accusers to testify next week

PHILADELPHIA (AP & staff) — A lawyer for a young man who accuses former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexual abuse says he expects his client and at …

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Lindsey Vonn captures Super-G title in front of home crowd »

Lindsey Vonn captures Super-G title in front of home crowd

  BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP and Staff) — American skating sensation Lindsey Vonn dazzled once again, claiming the World Super-G Championship in front of his home crowd.  …

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Manny Pacquiao escapes with a decision »

Manny Pacquiao escapes with a decision

LAS VEGAS (AP & Staff) — Manny Pacquiao was taken to the limit Saturday night before escaping with a majority decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez in their welterweight …

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In unprecedented step, Arab League sanctions Syria »

In unprecedented step, Arab League sanctions Syria

BEIRUT (AP & staff) — In an unprecedented move against an Arab nation, the Arab League on Sunday approved economic sanctions on Syria to pressure Damascus to end its deadly …

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Sports

Sandusky jailed on new child sex abuse charges

Sandusky jailed on new child sex abuse charges »

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP & Staff) — Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was jailed Wednesday after new child sex abuse charges were filed against him based …

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Astros hire Jeff Luhnow as general manager

Astros hire Jeff Luhnow as general manager »

DALLAS (AP & Staff) — The Houston Astros hired Jeff Luhnow as their new general manager Wednesday night, hoping he can help rebuild a team that finished with the worst …

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Marlins show Jose Reyes the love _ and the money

Marlins show Jose Reyes the love _ and the money »

DALLAS (AP & Staff) — Jose Reyes felt the love from the Miami Marlins. And the money. When the free-agent signing period began last month, the Marlins wanted to meet the …

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Japan’s Darvish says he plans to head to majors

Japan’s Darvish says he plans to head to majors »

TOKYO (AP & Staff) — Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish ended months of speculation Thursday by saying he intends to make a move to Major League Baseball. The 25-year-old …

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Summer drug tests in, HGH unclear for NBA players

Summer drug tests in, HGH unclear for NBA players »

NEW YORK (AP & Staff) — NBA players have agreed to additional drug testing, adding offseason screening for performance-enhancing drugs only. Union executive director Billy …

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NHL Standings – December 8, 2011

NHL Standings – December 8, 2011 »

Eastern Conference ATLANTIC GP W L OTL PTS Pittsburgh 28 16 8 4 36 Philadelphia 26 16 7 3 35 NY Rangers 24 15 6 3 33 New Jersey 26 13 12 1 27 NY Islanders…

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Alex Ovechkin’s stellar goal lifts Capitals by Senators

Alex Ovechkin’s stellar goal lifts Capitals by Senators »

OTTAWA — (AP & Staff) All Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals’ offense needed to click was a little more open ice. Ovechkin scored one of three straight …

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Claude Giroux’s overtime goal completes Flyers’ rally to top Sabres

Claude Giroux’s overtime goal completes Flyers’ rally to top Sabres »

BUFFALO, N.Y. — (AP & Staff) Facing a three-goal deficit for the second time in three games, the Philadelphia Flyers fought back and escaped with another road win thanks …

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Hurricanes thrash Oilers to give Kirk Muller first win as coach

Hurricanes thrash Oilers to give Kirk Muller first win as coach »

EDMONTON, Alberta — (AP & Staff) Carolina coach Kirk Muller was more than happy to express his elation after finally earning his first win as an NHL coach. Jeff Skinner, …

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World News

India police charge Tibet holy man in money probe

India police charge Tibet holy man in money probe »

DHARMSALA, India (AP & Staff) — Indian authorities have filed charges against Tibetan Buddhism’s third most important leader following an investigation into $1.35 …

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NATO fuel tankers attacked in Pakistan

NATO fuel tankers attacked in Pakistan »

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP & Staff) — Pakistani police say assailants have fired rockets at tankers carrying fuel for U.S-led troops in Afghanistan, setting at least 10 vehicles …

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Israeli strike kills 2 suspected militants in Gaza

Israeli strike kills 2 suspected militants in Gaza »

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP & Staff) — An Israeli airstrike on a car near a crowded park in downtown Gaza City killed two militants on Thursday, the second missile strike this …

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Cameron’s nightmare: Euro crisis could sideline UK

Cameron’s nightmare: Euro crisis could sideline UK »

LONDON (AP & Staff) — Britain, once the world’s sole imperial power, faces being sidelined at a European summit intended to save the euro and stave off economic …

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Israeli strike kills 2 suspected militants in Gaza

Israeli strike kills 2 suspected militants in Gaza »

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP & staff) — An Israeli airstrike on a car near a crowded park in downtown Gaza City killed two suspected militants on Thursday, the second such …

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Eurozone eyes $200b in loans to IMF for its banks

Eurozone eyes $200b in loans to IMF for its banks »

BRUSSEL (AP & staff) — A European Union diplomat says eurozone leaders are likely to agree to give the International Monetary Fund euro150 billion ($200 billion) in …

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Entertainment & Hollywood

Harry Morgan made small roles big in TV, movies

Harry Morgan made small roles big in TV, movies »

LOS ANGELES (AP & staff) — Harry Morgan wasn’t a star and didn’t need to be. In “M-A-S-H,” ”Dragnet” and so many other TV shows and …

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Emma Watson tells teens to be true to who they are

Emma Watson tells teens to be true to who they are »

HONG KONG (AP & staff) — Emma Watson’s advice to teenagers is: “feel comfortable in your own skin.” The 21-year-old Harry Potter star, on her second visit …

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Kris Jenner among panel of Miss America judges

Kris Jenner among panel of Miss America judges »

LAS VEGAS (AP & staff) — Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner is on a panel of seven judges who will pick next year’s Miss America during a pageant in January in Las …

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Colbert tried to sponsor SC presidential primary

Colbert tried to sponsor SC presidential primary »

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP & staff) — Comedian Stephen Colbert has tried again to get his name on South Carolina’s presidential primary ballot — only this time he wanted to …

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“Sherlock Holmes” sequel has London premiere

“Sherlock Holmes” sequel has London premiere »

LONDON (AP & Staff) — Sherlock Holmes is back on the streets of London — or rather Robert Downey Jr., the actor who plays him, is for the European premiere of …

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Emma Watson tells teens to be true to who they are

Emma Watson tells teens to be true to who they are »

HONG KONG (AP & Staff) — Emma Watson’s advice to teenagers is: “feel comfortable in your own skin.” The 21-year-old Harry Potter star, on her second visit …

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Jodie Foster’s dad convicted of housing scheme

Jodie Foster’s dad convicted of housing scheme »

LOS ANGELES (AP & Staff) — Jodie Foster’s estranged father faces more than 25 years behind bars after being convicted of bilking more than $100,000 from the poor and …

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Diana Colbert, wife of author Charles Bock, dies

Diana Colbert, wife of author Charles Bock, dies »

NEW YORK (AP & Staff) — Diana Joy Colbert, the wife of author Charles Bock whose battle with leukemia inspired widespread sympathy and support among the New York literary …

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The Politicians Speak

Panel chairman blasts Justice Dept. on gun probe

Panel chairman blasts Justice Dept. on gun probe »

WASHINGTON (AP & Staff) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee accuses the Justice Department of giving inconsistent statements about what he calls a reckless and …

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Partisan divide spells defeat for Obama nominee

Partisan divide spells defeat for Obama nominee »

WASHINGTON (AP & staff) — President Barack Obama’s choice to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau established in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse …

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Former House Speaker surge unnerves some Republican lawmakers

Former House Speaker surge unnerves some Republican lawmakers »

WASHINGTON (AP & staff) — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s stunning surge toward the top of the Republican presidential field has unnerved some Republicans in …

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Mitt Romney built mammoth political machine unrivaled in GOP field

Mitt Romney built mammoth political machine unrivaled in GOP field »

BOSTON (AP & staff) — Mitt Romney has a not-so-secret weapon against Newt Gingrich. The former Massachusetts governor has built a mammoth political machine unrivaled in the …

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Colbert wants to be sponsor of SC presidential primary contest

Colbert wants to be sponsor of SC presidential primary contest »

    COLUMBIA, South.Carolina. (AP and Staff) — Comedian Stephen Colbert reportedly offered more then $100,000 to sponsor the South Carolina presidential primary …

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Romney steps up pace of campaign as caucuses near

Romney steps up pace of campaign as caucuses near »

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP & staff) — Mitt Romney is ramping up his presidential campaign in a big way — just as Newt Gingrich emerges as a serious threat for the …

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