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Today's News

  • Hard-fought rules add oil field jobs

      People dearly want a lasting supply of clean air  and water. The answer is pollution control.    
    As more people make and use more stuff, pollution  sources grow to need more controls. The controls add jobs in the pollution  controls industry. The bonus is more of the clean air and water people  want.
    In mid-October, a black headline glared from  the Albuquerque Journal. It read: “Jackpot in the Oil  Patch - State Rules Helped Politically Connected Players.”  

  • 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.

  • Football: Brady, Patriots rout Jets 45-3

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Shine a spotlight on Tom Brady and he makes nearly everyone else disappear.

    Especially opposing defenses.

    Brady doesn't lose many big games, certainly not at home and definitely not with so much on the line. He threw for four touchdowns and 326 yards Monday night in New England's 45-3 romp past the New York Jets for his NFL-record 26th straight regular-season home victory.

    It was the most anticipated matchup of the year — and it was a rout from the outset.

  • 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.

  • Democrats meet with Obama over tax cuts deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama met with Democratic congressional leaders at the White House on Monday, eager to seal a year-end bipartisan agreement to extend expiring tax cuts to all Americans and renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.

    The White House has also been floating the possibility of including a temporary payroll tax holiday in any agreement as a way to help stimulate the economy, officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss recent developments.