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Congress hopes to wrap up work on payroll tax cuts

Posted: 12/23/2011 - Congress will convene today in hopes of approving a stopgap measure renewing payroll tax cuts of $1,000 for the average worker, despite serious opposition among some tea party Republicans.

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White House condemns bombings in Iraq

Posted: 12/22/2011 - The White House is condemning the wave of deadly bombings in Iraq, and says such attempts to derail progress in the country will fail.

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10,000 American troops pulled out of Afghanistan

Posted: 12/22/2011 - U.S. military officials say that President Barack Obama's order to withdraw 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan this year has been accomplished, a little more than a week before the year-end deadline.

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Gingrich calls out Romney on PAC ads in Iowa

Posted: 12/21/2011 - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is asking rival Mitt Romney to call off a group airing attack ads that have contributed to the former U.S. House speaker's slide in the leadoff caucus state.

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Reid to Boehner: OK compromise payroll tax cut now

Posted: 12/21/2011 - The Democratic leader of the Senate is urging Speaker John Boehner to bring the House back to Washington and approve the bipartisan Senate-approved bill extending a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits.

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FAA issues rules aimed at tired airline pilots

Posted: 12/21/2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration is imposing new rules aimed at preventing airline pilots from flying while dangerously fatigued, a move safety advocates have been urging for more than two decades.

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Kim's body on display, son visits

Posted: 12/20/2011 - The body of longtime North Korea ruler Kim Jong Il is on display in a glass coffin surrounded by red flowers at a memorial palace in the country's capital.

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Trade group: Holiday shoppers step up buying

Posted: 12/20/2011 - A trade group for U.S. malls is reporting a sharp increase in sales for the week that ended Saturday, but shoppers are still behind in holiday buying compared with a year ago.

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Stocks surge at opening

Posted: 12/20/2011 - Stocks are surging after the opening bell following encouraging signs out of Europe and a jump in apartment building in the U.S.

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US Army traces alleged leaker's digital footprints

Posted: 12/19/2011 - Military prosecutors at Fort Meade are more than halfway through their witness list at a hearing to determine whether an Army intelligence analyst charged with giving a boatload of classified information to WikiLeaks will be court-martialed.

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NEW: German court: killer of US airmen mentally fit

Posted: 12/19/2011 - A psychologist says an alleged Islamic extremist who has admitted killing two U.S. airmen at the Frankfurt airport earlier this year is mentally fit and can be held criminally responsible for his actions.

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North Korea mourns Kim Jong Il

Posted: 12/19/2011 - The Obama administration may postpone efforts to restart nuclear talks with North Korea following the death of leader Kim Jong Il.

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Consumer prices unchanged in November

Posted: 12/16/2011 - Consumer prices stayed flat in November, the latest sign that inflation has cooled off. Energy costs dropped for the second straight month, which offset higher prices that Americans paid for food, clothes and medical services.

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