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Nine killed in Oregon tour bus accident

Updated: 12/30/2012 - A tour bus careened through a guardrail along an icy Oregon highway, killing nine people and injuring about 20 others, authorities said.

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Google, Yahoo reveal top web searches of 2012

Updated: 12/31/2012 - The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, Web surfers searched in huge numbers to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a reality TV star.

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Last ditch effort to avoid fiscal cliff under way

Posted: 12/28/2012 - After three weeks of gridlock, there appears to be some optimism that lawmakers can reach an agreement to avert across-the-board tax hikes and spending cuts due to go into effect next week.

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Obama invites congressional leaders to cliff talk

Posted: 12/28/2012 - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid says "I don't know timewise how it can happen now." But President Barack Obama and top members of Congress are meeting anyway, to try to avert the fiscal cliff of tax increases and budget cuts set to go into effect on Tuesday.

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White House meeting a last stab at a fiscal deal

Updated: 12/28/2012 - A Friday afternoon meeting among congressional leaders and the president stands as a make-or-break moment for negotiations to avoid across-the-board first-of-the-year tax increases and deep spending cuts.

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Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies

Updated: 12/27/2012 - A U.S. official says retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78.

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Reality Check: Military-style semiautomatic rifles

Posted: 12/27/2012 - Military-style semiautomatic rifles have been used in at least four high-profile shootings in the past year. A look at the guns, their history and why they're so popular.

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Former President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized

Updated: 12/27/2012 - George H.W. Bush's chief of staff says the former president is getting excellent medical treatment in Houston and that he would ask that people "put the harps back in the closet."

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Survey finds increase in e-reading, drop in paper

Posted: 12/27/2012 - The tastes of the reading public are turning digital. A Pew Internet Research Center survey released Thursday found that the percentage of Americans aged 16 and older who read an e-book grew from 16 percent in 2011 to 23 percent this year

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Toyota plans to sell 9.7 million vehicles in 2012

Updated: 12/27/2012 - The numbers underline Toyota Motor Corp.'s solid turnaround from disruptions caused by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that had hurt global production and sales.

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Newtown, Conn., officials: 'Thanks but no thanks for gifts'

Updated: 12/26/2012 - Officials in Newtown, Conn., are asking people to stop sending gifts to the grief-stricken community following the deadly school shooting, saying they're deeply grateful but can't handle the donation deluge.

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Blizzard hits western Kentucky, winds whip Ohio

Updated: 12/26/2012 - Up to seven inches of snow has fallen in parts of western Kentucky, where a blizzard warning is in effect while strong winds and snowfall that have knocked out power to hundreds of Ohio homes and are disrupting post-holiday travel.

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