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  • Makings of a fiscal deal behind the hot rhetoric

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bluster and hot rhetoric aside, the White House and House Republicans have identified areas of significant overlap that could form the basis for a final agreement after …


  • Calif. gay therapy ban sparks competing rulings

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two federal judges in California have arrived at opposite conclusions on whether the state’s first-of-its-kind law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientations …


  • GOP ‘fiscal cliff’ plan echoes failed budget talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday avoiding an economic plunge over the “fiscal cliff” comes down to Republicans’ realizing that tax rates must go up on wealthiest Americans. …


  • GOP ‘fiscal cliff’ plan echoes failed budget talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are proposing a “fiscal cliff” plan that revives ideas from failed budget talks with President Barack Obama last year, calling for raising the eligibility age for …


  • Judge temporarily blocks Calif. gay therapy law

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked California from enforcing a first-of-its-kind law that bars licensed psychotherapists from working to change the sexual orientations of gay …


  • Judge removed in Fort Hood shooting rampage case

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The military’s highest court ousted the judge in the Fort Hood shooting case Monday and threw out his order to have the suspect’s beard forcibly …


  • GOP issues a new ‘fiscal cliff’ offer to Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans put forth a $2.2 trillion “fiscal cliff” counteroffer to President Barack Obama on Monday, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes …


  • Small-bore proposals to help avert fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure the rich may have to pay more in taxes. But a “fiscal cliff” budget deal could mean pain for nearly everyone else, too: higher airline ticket …


  • High Court to decide how logging roads regulated

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to switch gears on more than 30 years of regulating the muddy water running off logging roads into …


  • US government releases once-secret Watergate files

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Watergate Judge John J. Sirica aided the prosecution in pursuing the White House connection to the Democratic headquarters break-in by providing the special prosecutor information from a …


  • Court: Can generic makers be sued for drug flaws?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether generic drug manufacturers can be held responsible in state courts for possible design defects that are in the brand-name medicine they …


  • Attorneys for Strauss-Kahn deny settlement reached

    NEW YORK (AP) — Attorneys for Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Friday denied that the former International Monetary Fund chief has reached a settlement with a New York City hotel maid who …


  • Obama takes middle class tax cut pitch outside DC

    HATFIELD, Pa. (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Congress to pass an extension of tax cuts for middle class families, saying a tax increase for them would be like …


  • Ban on gay change therapy faces first legal test

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A first-of-its-kind California law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from counseling gay minors on how to become heterosexual faced its first legal test Friday as lawyers for those …


  • LA judge dismisses suit over park Nativity scenes

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles federal judge on Thursday dismissed a Christian group’s lawsuit to force suburban Santa Monica to reopen spaces in a city park to private …


  • AP source: Strauss-Kahn, NY hotel maid to settle

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her have reached an agreement to settle her …


  • White House ‘cliff’ offer gets GOP cold shoulder

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is seeking $1.6 trillion in higher taxes over a decade and an immediate infusion of funds to aid the jobless, help hard-pressed homeowners and …


  • Texas inmate waits more than 30 years for retrial

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Kansas man who remains in a Texas prison more than 30 years after his murder conviction was overturned has become the subject of a fight between …


  • ‘Cliff’: Boehner, White House chide each other

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner met with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Thursday and accused Democrats afterward of failing to outline specific cuts to avert the “fiscal cliff” …


  • AP sources: US close to shift on Syrian opposition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to recognize Syria’s new opposition council as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in the coming weeks, paving the way for …


  • Biden, at Costco, calls for middle class tax cut

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden went on a Costco shopping spree Thursday and called for Congress to extend middle-class tax cuts as part of a deal to avoid …


  • Obama says he’ll do what it takes to avoid cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and a key congressional Democrat hinted at fresh concessions on taxes and cuts to Medicare and other government benefit programs Wednesday as bargaining with …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Judge orders tobacco companies to say they lied

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and that disclose smoking’s health effects, …


  • 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 …


  • Another blow for state’s anti-eavesdropping law

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered another blow to a 50-year-old anti-eavesdropping law in Illinois, choosing to let stand a lower court finding that key parts …


  • 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 …


  • Court orders new look at health care challenge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has revived a Christian college’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, with the acquiescence of the Obama administration. The court on Monday ordered …


  • High court rejects appeal of ex-La. congressman

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place the corruption conviction of a former Louisiana congressman who hid money from bribes in his freezer. The justices on Monday …

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