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  • Pearl Harbor survivors gather 69 years later

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Aging Pearl Harbor survivors on Tuesday heard reassurances their sacrifice would be remembered and passed on to future generations as they gathered to mark the 69th anniversary of the attack.

  • Stocks pop after Obama, GOP agree on taxes

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose broadly after President Barack Obama and Republican leaders agreed to a package of tax cuts and an extension of unemployment benefits. Bond prices fell as traders moved money into riskier assets.

  • Biden urges Dems to embrace Obama's tax-cut plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday urged congressional Democrats to quickly embrace a contentious tax cut plan that President Barack Obama cut with Republicans, arguing that the rank and file need to move on to other issues before the party loses control of the House in January.

  • Judge denies WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange bail

    LONDON (AP) — A British judge jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday, ordering the leader of secret-spilling website behind bars as his organization's finances came under increasing pressure.

    Assange showed no reaction as Judge Howard Riddle denied him bail in an extradition case that could see him sent to Sweden to face allegations of rape, molestation and unlawful coercion.

  • Gulf leaders want Iran to respond to peace efforts

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders of six U.S.-allied Gulf Arab nations said Tuesday they were monitoring with "utmost concern" developments in Iran's disputed nuclear program and issued a thinly veiled warning to their Persian neighbor not to meddle in their internal affairs.

  • SKorea to make islands near NKorea 'fortresses'

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president promised Tuesday to transform five islands that lie along the tense maritime border with North Korea into "military fortresses" impervious to the kind of deadly attack the rival neighbor launched last month.

    As the government in Seoul struggles to counter the widespread impression its response was too weak and too slow, the new defense minister also ordered his top commanders to retaliate with force if attacked.

  • Obama tries to quell Dems' anger over tax plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama scheduled a short-notice news conference Tuesday to sell a new tax cut compromise that makes big concessions to Republicans as the White House scurried to assuage angry Democrats.

    Vice President Joe Biden traveled to the Capitol to lobby senators as liberal groups attacked the proposal that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, including the richest, for two years. They argued that Obama had abandoned a long-held position in fashioning the compromise.

  • Italian boat finds remains of US balloonists

    ROME (AP) — An Italian fishing boat early Monday pulled the remains of two American balloonists from the Adriatic Sea, ending a two-month hunt for the pair's bodies in one of ballooning's darkest chapters.

    The boat hauled in the balloon and its gondola with the bodies of the Americans still inside while fishing 11 miles (17 kilometers) north of Vieste, said Port Cmdr. Guido Limongelli in Vieste, a town on the "spur" of boot-shaped Italy jutting into the Adriatic sea.

  • Coping With Collateral Damage

    Clearly anguished, Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker spoke stoically about his department’s recent fall from grace during a two-hour interview Friday afternoon.
    “This is embarrassing for all of us but it is reality,” Tucker said. “We will react to it, we will fix it and we will get it behind us.”
    The veil of shame brought on the department by the theft, voyeurism, indecent exposure and downloading of pornography allegedly committed by several of its members is particularly painful for Los Alamos firefighters.

  • Residents say White Rock needs some TLC

    When it comes to catching the county government’s attention, some White Rock residents feel a little left out.
    “I would yes, the people in White Rock do sometimes feel overlooked but we do have great assets already,” said Katy Korkos, a White Rock resident and a member of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee.  She listed the community’s parks as some of the perks offered in White Rock.