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Biden says gay marriage 'inevitable'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden says U.S. attitudes are evolving on the issue of gay marriage and he thinks it's inevitable there will be national consensus. He said on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday the same thing is happening with ...

Pilgrims, clergy come to Bethlehem for Christmas

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - Thousands of tourists, pilgrims and clergy converged on Bethlehem on Friday as the town of Jesus' birth prepared to celebrate Christmas Eve. Boy Scout marching bands played in Manger Square, just outside the Church of the ...

EPA moving unilaterally to limit greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is moving through regulatory channels to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions after Congress failed to act on new legislation.The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new plan for establishing ...

Alert issued on beverage containers on planes

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Homeland Security Department has alerted air carriers to a potential terror tactic involving insulated beverage containers like thermoses.The alert stressed that there is no intelligence about an active terror plot, but tr ...

New GOP wave pushes pro-business agenda in states

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Having won big in the fall elections, Republicans preparing to take over statehouses around the country are proposing to cut corporate taxes, weaken union clout and rewrite laws on discrimination, whistle-blowers and injure ...

Wilderness rules restored for public lands

DENVER (AP) - The Obama administration plans to reverse a Bush-era policy and make millions of undeveloped acres of land once again eligible for federal wilderness protection, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday. The agency will replace the ...

Report: Treasury OK'd US business with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The New York Times is reporting that the Treasury Department has granted nearly 10,000 exceptions to American companies over the past decade so that they could skirt U.S. sanctions on Iran and other countries the U.S. considers spo ...

Obama in Hawaii, wants low profile vacation

HONOLULU (AP) -- A politically rejuvenated President Barack Obama arrived here late Wednesday for an 11-day family vacation in his home state. Air Force One touched down shortly before midnight local time. The president headed to the rented oceanfron ...

Obama happy to prevail over GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Buoyant in political victory, President Barack Obama on Wednesday wrapped up a long, rough year in Washington by rejoicing in a rare, bipartisan "season of progress" over tax cuts, national security and civil justice. Halfway throu ...

Hearing officer: Emanuel can run for Chicago mayor

CHICAGO (AP) -- Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel cleared an important hurdle in his bid to be Chicago mayor early Thursday when a hearing officer recommended his name appear on the February ballot, even though Emanuel spent much of the ...


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