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  • It’s not just taxes: Benefit cuts divide Democrats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just about taxes. There’s another big obstacle to overcome as Congress and President Barack Obama work to skirt the fiscal cliff: deep divisions among Senate …


  • Obama says debt-cutting deal can be reached soon

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday he believes that members of both parties can reach a “framework” on a debt-cutting deal before Christmas, making his case with a …


  • Simple measures cut infections caught in hospitals

    CHICAGO (AP) — Preventing surgery-linked infections is a major concern for hospitals and it turns out some simple measures can make a big difference. A project at seven big hospitals …


  • First cracks in GOP resolve on tax rates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first cracks are developing among Republicans over whether to accept a quick deal with President Barack Obama on allowing the top two income tax rates to …


  • Obama, Romney to meet at White House Thursday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host his former political rival Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House Thursday, their first meeting since the election. Obama …


  • BP suspended from new US gov’t contracts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company’s “lack of business integrity” and criminal …


  • Senate Dems divided over cuts to benefit programs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to slow the government’s mushrooming …


  • Senate Dems divided over cuts to benefit programs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are deeply divided over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to address the nation’s financial …


  • Western lawmakers seek probe of refineries

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Six Democratic senators representing states along the Pacific Coast asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate the role of oil refineries in gas spikes that occurred …


  • A big disconnect as ‘fiscal cliff’ clock ticks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans’ newfound willingness to consider tax increases to avert the “fiscal cliff” comes with a significant caveat: larger cuts than Democrats seem willing to consider to benefit …


  • Motorcycle deaths, injuries cost $16 billion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Direct costs from deaths and injuries due to motorcycle crashes were $16 billion in 2010, but the full cost is likely higher because long-term medical expenses are …


  • Record Powerball result of changes to boost sales

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $500 million on Tuesday was all part of a plan lottery officials put in place early this year to …


  • GOP senator offers ‘fiscal cliff’ solution

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A freshman GOP senator is jumping into the debate on how to avoid a “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and automatic spending cuts, advocating a mix of …


  • Despite talk of compromise, fiscal deal elusive

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Talk of compromise on a broad budget deal greeted returning lawmakers Monday, but agreement still seemed distant as the White House and congressional Republicans ceded little ground …


  • Report: Obama health law a good deal for states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — States will receive more than $9 in federal money for every $1 they spend to cover low-income residents under President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to …


  • White House: Tax hike threat could hurt retailers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite early signs of robust sales, White House economists warned Monday that the uncertainty of a potential hike in taxes next year for middle class taxpayers under …


  • 3rd person in Calif. dies from mushroom poisoning

    LOOMIS, Calif. (AP) — A third person has died from eating toxic mushrooms at a California senior care facility. State Department of Social Services spokesman Oscar Ramirez told The Associated …


  • PIRG warns of toy dangers but finds fewer of them

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Toys are safer than ever before, consumer advocates say, but parents should remain vigilant in keeping their little ones away from powerful magnets and small items that …


  • Unions show muscle, spent millions in state races

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Maggie Hassan won the New Hampshire governor’s race, it wasn’t just a victory for her fellow Democrats. Unions spent millions backing Hassan with television ads and …


  • APNewsBreak: Huge animal abuse settlement reached

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A landmark $500 million agreement has been reached to settle a slaughterhouse abuse case that led to the biggest meat recall in U.S. history in 2008, …


  • White House calls fiscal cliff talks constructive

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama had a constructive meeting with congressional leaders on the looming “fiscal cliff” that could undermine the economy and slow job …


  • GOP-led states start warming up to health care law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — From the South to the heartland, cracks are appearing in the once-solid wall of Republican resistance to President Barack Obama’s health care law. Ahead of a federal …


  • Booze calories nearly equal soda’s for US adults

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft …


  • Calif. unlikely to spur federal emissions cap soon

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s new system for limiting industrial greenhouse gas emissions by putting a price on carbon is not likely to spur a similar federal program anytime soon, …


  • Booze calories nearly equal soda’s for US adults

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft …


  • Calif. panel rejects quake study near nuke plant

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility’s plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by …


  • Boehner: No tax rate boost to avert fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans want to cooperate with President Barack Obama on reducing federal deficits, but not by raising income tax rates. Boehner spoke soon …


  • Obama presses GOP on taxing rich to avert ‘cliff’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama challenged congressional Republicans Wednesday to let taxes rise on the wealthiest Americans on both economic and political grounds, noting he campaigned successfully for re-election …


  • California debuts landmark cap-and-trade system

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California has begun auctioning permits for greenhouse gas emissions, launching what is expected to be the world’s second-largest carbon market. The California Air Resources Board says …


  • THE RESET: Pelosi decision may affect budget talks

    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s decision to serve another term in that post will probably have a big influence on efforts by President Barack Obama and Congress to reach an …

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