News archive from 22 December 2012

Sen. Kirk pays first visit to office since stroke

WASHINGTON -- Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk has briefly returned to his Senate office for the first time since suffering a stroke last January. His office says the Illinois Republican spent about a half-hour meeting with aides on Thursday in advance of his...

 

Rep. Mike Thompson, former Vietnam vet, hopes for middle ground on gun control

WASHINGTON -- Mike Thompson is walking point again. This time, the Northern California congressman and former Vietnam War infantryman is stepping out ahead of gun control. His job, in part, is to find politically feasible firearms solutions that can...

 

Review: Jackson Browne, Bob Weir & friends in holiday benefit

The great thing about the living-room jam session is that there are no rules, no set lists, no worries about when things start and when - or if - they'll end. The potential downside? No rules, no set lists, no worries about when things start and when...

 

GM agrees to sell French transmission plant to Punch Metals

General Motors Co., trying to end losses in Europe, Friday said it agreed to sell a French transmission plant to Punch Metals International.Punch Metals will retain employees at the factory, according to a GM statement on its website. ZF...

 

AIDS activist Spencer Cox dies in NYC at age 44

NEW YORK -- AIDS activist Spencer Cox has died in New York City at age 44. His brother Nick Cox said Friday he died Tuesday at a Manhattan hospital of AIDS-related causes. Journalist and director David France says Spencer Cox can be seen in a...

 

Tennis ref reinstated after murder case dropped

LOS ANGELES -- A tennis referee whose career was almost ended by a charge that she murdered her husband with a coffee cup has been reinstated after the charge was dismissed for lack of evidence. Lois Goodman's attorneys said Friday in Los Angeles that...

 

ASU: Former Silver assistant praises him, questions behavior of ASU trustees

After being pushed out as executive assistant to embattled President Joseph Silver at Alabama State University after about a month of work, Joyce Outler is now unemployed for the first time since the 1980s.In her short time at ASU, Outler noticed that...

 
Over the fiscal cliff: Soft landing or dizzy dive?

Over the fiscal cliff: Soft landing or dizzy dive?

WASHINGTON -- Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end "fiscal cliff" were in disarray as lawmakers fled the Capitol for their Christmas break. "God only knows" how they'll reach a deal with the president now, House...

 

Former Olympian admits double life as prostitute

Suzy Favor Hamilton was a top American middle-distance runner from the early 1990s to 2000, a three-time Olympian after becoming a nine-time N.C.A.A. champion at Wisconsin. She was so accomplished that the Big Ten Conference named the award given to...

 
Signs suggest better economy if 'cliff' is averted

Signs suggest better economy if 'cliff' is averted

WASHINGTON -- Fresh signs of a strengthening U.S. economy on Friday suggested that if Congress and the White House can avert the "fiscal cliff," the economic recovery might finally accelerate in 2013. Consumers spent and earned more in...

 

Groupon buys online service CommerceInterface

CHICAGO -- Online deals company Groupon says it will buy online retail manager CommerceInterface for an undisclosed amount. Groupon said Friday that the acquisition of the Salt Lake City-based company will help it manage Groupon Goods, an e-commerce...

 
Police enlist help of online auction sites

Police enlist help of online auction sites

Residents looking for their missing bicycles, stolen cell phones, or just a good deal, could get lucky if they visit the online auction sites where a growing number of area police departments sell their unclaimed property. The goods range from stolen...

 

Woman decorating church for Christmas party 1 of 4 Pennsylvania slaying victims

Geeseytown, Pa. - The brother of the late pastor of a central Pennsylvania church says a member was fatally shot while decorating for a children's Christmas party.The Rev. James McCaulley presided at his brother's funeral Thursday at Juniata Valley...

 

‘You've got to help her'

Antonio Williams and his girlfriend Marvintavia Farris were driving their 4-year-old to daycare and newborn baby to a check-up at the doctor's office Wednesday when they saw it. A man was shaking a woman “like a ragdoll” beside a...

 
Ronnie Wood, 65, weds girlfriend Sally Humphreys, 34, in private ceremony in London

Ronnie Wood, 65, weds girlfriend Sally Humphreys, 34, in private ceremony in London

Let’s hope third time’s a charm for Ronnie Wood! The twice-married Rolling Stones rocker, 65, tied the knot with girlfriend Sally Humphreys, 34, in a private ceremony held at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair, London on Friday, according to The Mirror.

 

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