News archive from 24 December 2011

Bank again pushes judge to foreclose on Dorworth's Heathrow mansion

SANFORD -The bank holding the $1.5 million mortgage on the Heathrow mansion of future Florida House Speaker Chris Dorworth is pushing again to take it away from him. The Bank of New York Trust Company N.A. sued him and his now-estranged wife in 2008,...

President Obama on political high, but momentum hard to keep

President Obama on political high, but momentum hard to keep

WASHINGTON - On a political high, President Barack Obama capped a bruising year by securing a tax cut for millions of Americans - an achievement that overshadowed Washington’s deepening dysfunction and the slow progress of the economy on his watch....


South Carolina voter ID law rejected by Justice Department

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Justice Department is rejecting South Carolina’s voter ID law, saying it makes it harder for minorities to vote. Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said Friday that South Carolina’s law didn’t meet the burden under the...


At Florida, recognizing most successful year comes with a nearly $2 million price tag

GAINESVILLE - For Florida, the 2010-11 athletic year was a good one. In fact, it was the school's best. The Gators claimed nine conference titles, two NCAA titles and recorded an 18th consecutive top-10 finish in the Director's Cup standings. But all...

Around the world in 23 days

Around the world in 23 days

Reporting from around the world --


Robert De Niro, wife welcome daughter via surrogate

Robert De Niro, 68, is a daddy again. The actor and his wife, Grace Hightower, 56, have just announced the happy news that they are welcoming a daughter, Helen Grace Hightower, to the family. The healthy 7-pound, 2-ounce baby was born through a...

AZCentral, 17:11 in Showbiz
American Queen steamboat will be rollin' on the river again

American Queen steamboat will be rollin' on the river again

The American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, will return to the Mississippi River with cruises starting in April. The re-created riverboat that had ended service in 2008 returns under new management and with onboard entertainment and...

Man waiting to buy Air Jordans stabbed in brawl

Man waiting to buy Air Jordans stabbed in brawl

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Authorities say a man was stabbed when a brawl broke out between several people waiting on line at a northern New Jersey mall to buy Nike’s new Air Jordan basketball shoes. But the 20-year-old man, whose name wasn’t disclosed, was...

Las Vegas: Aria has a present for you (a $50 resort credit)

Las Vegas: Aria has a present for you (a $50 resort credit)

If you're feeling the holiday frazzles, this might be a good time to put down the shopping list and head to Las Vegas. The Aria has a sweet winter deal on rooms that comes with a $50 credit at the CityCenter hotel. The deal: Aria's Winter Offer...

Big events for 2012

Big events for 2012

Want to partake of something special during your travels in 2012? Check out our annual calendar, which is loaded with red-letter events, from the "relaunching" of the Titanic in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to the return of the Olympics to...


Phoenix Suns looking for a fresh start in regular season

The one good thing about the Suns' 0-2 record in the preseason? Photos from the game | Box score "The last time I checked they don't give out trophies for the preseason. Or rings," coach Alvin Gentry said Friday. Other than that, the Suns'...

AZCentral, 17:12 in Sport
Behind the social walls of El Salvador

Behind the social walls of El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Europe is my passion and the focus of my work, but Latin America has long held a fascination for me. I took my first trip to the region (to Nicaragua and El Salvador) in 1988, during El Salvador's civil war. I returned to...


Report: Sun a factor in plane crash near Scottsdale Airport

Seconds before crashing to the ground, the pilot of a small plane trying to land at Scottsdale Airport told an air-traffic controller that the sun was in his eyes. The Cirrus SR22 crashed Dec. 15 in a northeast Phoenix neighborhood, killing pilot...


Help for kids can't end with TV fade out

Another day, another pair of bleak reports that show distressing numbers of children have become characters in an American rewrite of Oliver Twist. Since 2007, child homelessness has spiked 33 percent, with 1.6 million children in its grip. That's up...


Obama opposes detainee restrictions in spending bill, issues signing statement

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told Congress restrictions on his ability to transfer detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States might violate the constitutional separation of powers between the...


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