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  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 12:56 P.M.

    Affleck calls for stronger US leadership in Congo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Actor-director Ben Affleck says a desperate humanitarian situation in Congo requires a stronger display of U.S. leadership. The “Argo” star told a House committee in Washington on …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 12:23 P.M.

    US Army seeks death penalty in 16 Afghan killings

    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Army said Wednesday it will seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a predawn rampage in March, a …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 11:53 A.M.

    Lawyer: Army death-penalty decision irresponsible

    SEATTLE (AP) — Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ lawyer says the Army’s decision to seek the death penalty against his client for a massacre in Afghanistan in March is “totally irresponsible.” …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 11:32 A.M.

    Boehner: Obama should support fiscal cliff plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama should support a Republican plan to avoid January tax increases on everyone but those earning over $1 million. Boehner …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 10:48 A.M.

    Will cigarette makers jump into pot market?

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Will the Marlboro Man light up a joint soon? The states of Washington and Colorado legalized possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana in the November …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 10:29 A.M.

    Army seeks death penalty in Afghan massacre case

    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Army said Wednesday it will seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan villagers during pre-dawn raids in March. The announcement …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 10:26 A.M.

    Armored backpacks and a rush on guns after Conn.

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The reaction to the deadly Connecticut school shooting can be seen at gun stores and self-defense retailers across the nation, with anxious parents buying armored …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 10:17 A.M.

    Hearing on voting rights turns partisan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and Republicans sparred Wednesday over whether voter ID laws, attempts to purge voter rolls and restricted early voting were legitimate efforts to stop fraud or …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 9:59 A.M.

    Government issues new online child privacy rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New online child privacy rules will keep anonymous advertisers and marketers from siphoning personal information about preteens but won’t restrain innovation among technology companies and businesses that …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 9:56 A.M.

    Obama sets January deadline for gun proposals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama vowed to send Congress new policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January. “This time, the words …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 9:49 A.M.

    Obama: He and Boehner ‘pretty close’ to a deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimistic despite a tightening deadline, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he and House Speaker John Boehner are “pretty close” to a grand fiscal deal to avoid a …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 9:43 A.M.

    Pentagon day care review expanding to schools

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expanding a Pentagon review of hiring at military day care centers to include Defense Department schools, youth centers and other facilities where …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 9:38 A.M.

    State Dept security chief resigns after Benghazi

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 8:48 A.M.

    Florida Sen. Nelson: GOP disenfranchised voters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and Republicans are sparring over whether voter ID laws and restricted early voting are attempts to disenfranchise African-American and Hispanic voters. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 8:38 A.M.

    Senators say State failed on Benghazi security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators of both parties expressed frustration Wednesday at the findings of an independent panel that blamed systemic failures in the State Department leadership for “grossly inadequate” security …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 7:35 A.M.

    White House threatens veto of GOP budget plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened Wednesday to veto House Speaker John Boehner’s backup plan for averting the “fiscal cliff,” saying it was time for Republicans to stop political …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 6:29 A.M.

    President Obama is Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama has been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2012. “We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 3:03 A.M.

    Obama to press for policy changes after shooting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is launching an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence, underscoring the growing political consensus over tightening gun restrictions following the horrific massacre at a …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 12:14 A.M.

    Benghazi review slams State Department on security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 12:13 A.M.

    Heavy price: Medicare overpaying for back braces

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet sale price for a standard back brace: $99.99. What Medicare pays for the item: $900-plus.

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 12:12 A.M.

    Obama Social Security offer at odds with top Dems

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s offer to limit the growth of Social Security benefits would cost the average retiree less than $50 in the first year. But the cuts …

  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012

    Grief mixes with impatience in shattered Newtown

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Mourners overlapped at back-to-back services as funerals began in earnest in a Connecticut town that lost 20 of its children and seven adults to a gunman, …

  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 9:13 P.M.

    Panetta orders probe of military day care centers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday ordered a worldwide review of hiring practices at all U.S. military day care centers after the Army revealed that it discovered …

  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 6:53 P.M.

    Benghazi review finds systematic security faults

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent panel charged with investigating the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has concluded that systematic management …

  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 4:55 P.M.

    McCain rejects torture scene in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The movie “Zero Dark Thirty” suggests the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden. Sen. John McCain watched the movie Monday night and …

  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 4:32 P.M.

    Investors turn against gun makers after massacre

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investors shunned some of the nation’s largest gun makers Tuesday, putting up for sale the manufacturer of the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in the Connecticut school shooting …

  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 3:49 P.M.

    House, Senate reach agreement on defense bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators reached agreement Tuesday on a $633 billion defense bill that would tighten sanctions on Iran, increase security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the …

  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 3:29 P.M.

    Army probing day care centers worldwide

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday ordered a worldwide review of hiring practices at all U.S. military day care centers after the Army revealed that it discovered …

  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 2:54 P.M.

    Cliff talks hit a lull with Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two weeks from an economy-threatening deadline, fiscal cliff talks hit a lull Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans would also march ahead with …

  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 2:54 P.M.

    Classes resume in Newtown, minus Sandy Hook

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown returned its students to their classrooms Tuesday for the first time since last week’s massacre and faced the agonizing task of laying others to rest, …



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