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Americans grapple with income inequality
The wealthiest county in America is settled deep in 4 a.m. slumber when Neal Breen threads the mini-mansion subdivisions and snow-blanketed fairways on his way to open shop.
There’s two hours yet before the business day begins, but Breen, who is 21, has plenty to do after flipping on the lights.
Christie going on offensive over accusation
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is going on the offensive after a former loyalist said he has evidence the Republican governor knew more than he has admitted about an apparently politically motivated traffic jam ordered by one of his staffers last year.
Differing perspectives fuel the debate over Knox case
To some Americans, especially those in her hometown of Seattle, Amanda Knox seems a victim, unfairly hounded by a capricious legal system in Italy that convicted her this week in the death of a 21-year-old British woman.
Child who survived deadly Kentucky fire recuperating
A girl who escaped a western Kentucky house fire that killed her mother and eight siblings is recuperating from burns and communicating with her hospital nurses, a family friend said Friday.
Kylie Watson wrote “I’m hungry” on a dry erase board from her hospital bed, pastor Tim Burden said. Burden said the 11-year-old girl’s father, Chad Watson, is also making progress at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Keystone XL oil pipeline clears significant hurdle
The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a major hurdle toward approval Friday, a serious blow to environmentalists’ hopes that President Barack Obama will block the controversial project running more than 1,000 miles from Canada through the heart of the U.S.
Lawyer: Evidence contradicts Christie on lane closures
Gov. Chris Christie made inaccurate statements during a news conference about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, according to a letter released Friday by a lawyer for a former Christie loyalist who ordered the closures and resigned amid the ensuing scandal that has engulfed the New Jersey governor’s administration.
Citizenship for immigrants? Obama eases insistence
President Barack Obama’s new declaration that he’s open to legalizing many immigrants short of citizenship sounds a lot like House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders, an election-year compromise that numerous Republicans as well as Democrats crave.
Police: Nine family members killed in Kentucky house fire
Eight children and their mother were killed in an early morning house fire in western Kentucky on Thursday, with only the injured father and an 11-year-old girl escaping, Kentucky State Police said.
Trooper Stu Recke said eight of the people were found in a master bedroom while the ninth person was found between 10 and 15 feet away.
Greens hit Obama on his energy policy
President Barack Obama is sticking to a fossil-fuel dependent energy policy, delivering a blow to a months-long, behind-the-scenes effort by nearly every major environmental group to convince the White House that the policy is at odds with his goals on global warming.
Washington has trouble in stopping carry-on weed
Among the many oddities that have arisen from marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado is this: It can be easier to get through airport security with a bag of weed than a bottle of water.
At Washington’s airports, including Seattle-Tacoma International, there’s nothing police can do to prevent travelers from flying with pot in their carry-on or checked luggage, provided it doesn’t exceed the state legal limit of one ounce.
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