Archive for December, 2012

Obama boasts support of American people in ‘fiscal cliff’ fight

December 30, 2012
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As Congress races to pass legislation before the Jan. 1 “fiscal cliff” deadline, President Barack Obama in an interview which aired Sunday publicly touted the support of the American people for the plan he offered to Republicans.
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Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome at 103

December 30, 2012
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ROME (AP) — Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday. She was 103 and had worked well into her final years.
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Obama says failure to reach fiscal deal would hurt markets

December 30, 2012
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By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Financial markets would be affected adversely if U.S. lawmakers fail to agree on a “fiscal cliff” deal before Tuesday, President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday, while urging Congress to act quickly to extend tax cuts for middle-class Americans.
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Stung Bankia investors look to courts for justice

December 30, 2012
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MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish savers and pensioners who have seen their money wiped out by investing in state-rescued lender Bankia are likely to seek redress in court rather than wait for any official inquiry, which looks increasingly unlikely.
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Woman charged with murder in New York City subway death

December 30, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who told police she shoved a man to his death off a subway platform into the path of a train because she has hated Muslims since Sept. 11 and thought he was one was charged Saturday with murder as a hate crime, prosecutors said.
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Last-minute fiscal cliff talks in Senate

December 30, 2012
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders groped for a last-minute compromise Saturday to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly prevent deep spending cuts at the dawn of the new year as President Barack Obama warned that failure could mean a “self-inflicted wound to the economy.”
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Senate leaders work to avoid New Year’s fiscal cliff

December 30, 2012
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By Richard Cowan and Rachelle Younglai WASHINGTON | Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:22pm EST
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Suspects in India rape case charged with murder

December 30, 2012
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police have charged six men with murder, adding to accusations that they beat and gang-raped a woman on a New Delhi bus two weeks ago in a case that shocked the country.
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Death of India rape victim stirs anger, promises of action

December 29, 2012
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NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A woman whose gang rape provoked protests and rare national debate about violence against women in India died from her injuries on Saturday, prompting promises of action from a government that has struggled to respond to public outrage.
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All eyes on them, Senate leaders seek fiscal deal

December 29, 2012
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders rushed to assemble a last-ditch agreement to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly delay steep spending cuts in an urgent attempt to find common ground after weeks of postelection gridlock.
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