By By GLENN ADAMSAssociated Press
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - As Maine's governor addressed the newly elected Legislature in early December, his frustration with trackers, the video camera-toting operatives who follow politicians around, boiled over into a brief diatribe that set the session off
By By The Associated Press
NAME - Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel.
AGE-BIRTH DATE - 66; Oct. 4, 1946.
EDUCATION - Graduate, Brown Institute for Radio and Television, Minneapolis, 1966; bachelor's degree, history, University of Nebraska, Omaha, 1971.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association has announced that funerals have been scheduled for seven of the Connecticut school shooting victims.
Services for 6-year-olds Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto are being planned for Monday.
The funeral for 6-year-old Jessica Rekos is
By By LOLITA C. BALDORAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is a contrarian Republican moderate and decorated Vietnam combat veteran who is likely to support a more rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
As President Barack Obama's top candidate for
By By JAKE COYLEAP Entertainment Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" led the box office with a haul of $84.8 million, a record-setting opening better than the three previous "Lord of the Rings" films.
The Warner Bros. Middle Earth epic was the biggest December opening ever,
BERWICK, Pa. (AP) - An energy company says it's trying to figure out why a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant reactor shut down unexpectedly.
PPL Corp. says Unit 2 at the Susquehanna nuclear facility near Berwick shut down early Sunday morning. The company says the reactor is safe and
By By ANNE FLAHERTYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic lawmakers and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday that military-style assault weapons should be banned and that a national commission should be established to examine mass shootings in the United States.
The proposals were
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A 22-year-old man attacked three elderly Mennonite sisters because of their faith, shocking them with a stun gun and vandalizing their home during an hours-long ordeal, police said Sunday.
Dereck Taylor Holt was charged with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, burglary
By By The Associated Press
While much of Washington is consumed by the debate over tax cuts scheduled to expire next year, a big package of tax breaks already expired this year. Among the biggest, along with the cost to retroactively extend each one for 2012 and 2013:
Individual tax breaks
By By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of families and businesses will get hit by big tax increases a lot sooner than many realize if Congress and the White House don't agree on a plan to skirt the year-end fiscal cliff of higher tax rates and big government