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4 Firefighters Shot, 2 Dead in Upstate N.Y.

Updated: 12/24/2012 - An ex-con set a car and a house ablaze in his lakeside neighborhood to lure firefighters, then opened fire on them, killing two, engaging in a shootout with police and committing suicide while several houses burned.

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A White, Windy Christmas is Forecast

Posted: 12/24/2012 - A string of powerful storms in the West, Midwest and Southeast may generate a white Christmas for parts of the country, but the snow will come with hazardous travel conditions.

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Boehner: It's Now Up To Democrats To Fix "Fiscal Cliff"

Posted: 12/22/2012 - House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, today sought to push the onus of dealing with the impending "fiscal cliff" back onto Democrats, referring to the series of bills passed by House Republicans in the last year that would have eliminated significant chunks of the "cliff," including an extension of all Bush-era tax cuts passed by the GOP-led House in August.

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Marine's Punishment Scaled Back In Urination Case

Posted: 12/22/2012 - A Marine general who decided to court-martial a Marine for urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters and posing for pictures with them in Afghanistan will scale back the punishment announced Thursday by a military judge.

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Homicide Charges In Ind. House Explosion

Posted: 12/22/2012 - Three people charged in a gas explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood deliberately set up the deadly blast to collect a big insurance payout, authorities said Friday.

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Judge Approves Settlement in BP Class Action Suit

Updated: 12/22/2012 - A federal judge on Friday gave final approval to BP's settlement with businesses and individuals who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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No "Fiscal Cliff" Deal Under The Christmas Tree

Posted: 12/22/2012 - With the "fiscal cliff" looming and Washington lawmakers packing up for the holidays, President Obama late Friday appealed to lawmakers to go home, "cool off," and reflect on the need to "do the right thing" to avoid risking pushing America back into recession.

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Obama Makes It Official, Taps John Kerry for Secretary of State

Posted: 12/21/2012 - Secretary Clinton praises the choice and says Kerry "has proven his mettle" .. Obama says Kerry has 'played a central role' in foreign policy for nearly three decades. His confirmation is considered to be a sure thing among his colleagues.

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Man Kills 3 in Pennsylvania, Dies in Police Shootout

Posted: 12/21/2012 - A man killed two men and one woman Friday in central Pennsylvania, then died in a gunfight with state troopers, authorities said. Three officers were injured, but "someone was watching over" the state troopers wounded in "attack," police official says.

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"Appetizing Yet Stomach-Turning" Foods

Posted: 12/21/2012 - As the end of the year approaches, it's time to take a look back on the foods we desired -- but are probably better off skipping.

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"Plan B" is Dead; What's Next for "Fiscal Cliff"?

Updated: 12/21/2012 - House Speaker John Boehner's big idea for a backup "Plan B" exploded Thursday night when, after days of wrangling with his own troops, he realized he didn't have enough votes to pass the tax cut part of his plan.

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Heart Drug Tredaptive Is Ineffective, Study Says

Posted: 12/20/2012 - Tredaptive, currently used in 40 countries, has as its main ingredient, a vitamin called niacin, which raises so-called "good cholesterol" or HDL. Tredaptive also contains a drug to reduce side effects.

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Jockeying Heats Up In Pending Massachusetts Senate Race

Posted: 12/20/2012 - If President Obama taps John Kerry to take Hillary Clinton's place as the nation's top-ranking Cabinet official, Kerry would have to resign his Senate seat after what many predict would be a relatively smooth confirmation process.

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Scammers Move In On The Newtown Tragedy

Posted: 12/20/2012 - Noah Pozner's relatives found out about one bogus solicitation when a friend received an email asking for money for the family. It gave details about Noah, his funeral and his family, directing people to send donations to an address in the Bronx, one that the Pozners had never heard of.

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At Benghazi Hearing, State Says "We Have To Do Better"

Posted: 12/20/2012 - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing with State Department Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides Thursday. An independent review panel said serious bureaucratic mismanagement was responsible for inadequate security at the mission in Benghazi, Libya,

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More Funerals Held Thursday for Newtown Victims

Posted: 12/20/2012 - In Newtown, the site of the shooting rampage, grim-faced mourners hurried through the packed parking lot of St. Rose of Lima Church to attend the funeral Mass for 6-year-old Catherine Hubbard, and six other victims in services held Thursday.

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Bernard Madoff's Brothers Lands 10-Year Sentence

Posted: 12/20/2012 - Peter Madoff was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for crimes committed in the shadow of his notorious sibling.. by a judge who said she disbelieved his claims that he did not know about the epic fraud.

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House GOP Pulls "Plan B" As Fiscal Cliff Looms

Posted: 12/20/2012 - House Speaker John Boehner pulled his "fiscal cliff" backup plan - the so-called "Plan B" bill - tonight after he realized he didn't have enough Republican votes to pass it.

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Apocalypse Predictions Mount, Tourists Seek Refuge

Posted: 12/20/2012 - Folklore followers are on edge this week, as we approach Friday Dec. 21, 2012, the day that -- according to prophecy based on the Mayan calendar -- the world will end.

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Suspects of Benghazi Attack Still On The Loose

Posted: 12/19/2012 - More than three months after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, not a single person has been charged in connection with the assault.

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