Final hurdle for tax bill: Is the end in sight?

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev., holds a copy of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leaders struggled Thursday night to clear legislation aimed at avoiding a Jan. 1 increase in income […]

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Arab League to US: Help Set Borders for New PA State

The Palestinian Authority government appeared this week to be circling the wagons and preparing to sever its ties with Israel, even as Arab foreign ministers recommended the United States take a tougher stance in recommending borders for a future PA state, in order to move the process forward. While several South American countries have announced […]

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Interest rate up sharply in key Spanish bond sale

Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, left, talks with First Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, center, and Finance Minister Elena Salgado, right, during a Parliament’s plenary session in Madrid on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. Ratings agency Moody’s on Wednesday warned it may downgrade Spain’s debt because the government is vulnerable to […]

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FDA: Avastin should not be used for breast cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health authorities are recommending the blockbuster drug Avastin no longer be used to treat breast cancer, saying recent studies failed to show the drug’s original promise to help slow the disease. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision is supported by many cancer experts but is sure to draw resistance from cancer […]

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Low Vitamin D Levels Common in Breast Cancer

Low Vitamin D Levels Common in Breast Cancer Dec. 14, 2010 (San Antonio) — More than half of women with breast cancer have low vitamin D levels, British researchers report. “Women with breast cancer should be tested for vitamin D levels and offered supplements, if necessary,” says researcher Sonia Li, MD, of the Mount Vernon […]

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Mavi Marmara to Set Sail Again

More than six months after the flotilla incident on May 31, the Mavi Marmara is returning. According to a report last week on the Palestine Monitor website, the Turkish ship will be returning to Istanbul on the anniversary of Operation Cast Lead on December 26. A ceremony organized by the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) will […]

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BofA gets more time for talks over soured loans

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Ahead of the Bell: Jobless claims

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FDA Reconsidering Safety of Dental Amalgams

FDA Reconsidering Safety of Mercury Dental Fillings Dec. 14, 2010 — An FDA panel met today to begin hearing testimony regarding the agency’s position that dental fillings that contain mercury pose no danger to the public. In 2009, the FDA declared the fillings, known as dental amalgams, safe. However, they have since received several petitions […]

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Israeli Arabs: No Compromise on ‘Right of Return’

A poll of 600 Arab citizens of Israel has found that most believe that the millions of descendants of Arabs who fled Israel during the 1948 War of Independence must be allowed to “return” to Israel. A full 57% said that the “right of return” is “important and cannot be compromised in any way,” while […]

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Stocks fall as euro worries overshadow US growth

In this Dec. 14, 2010 photo, trader Glenn Kessler works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo) SymbolPriceChangeAA13.96-0.24MCO26.94-0.39R49.28+2.24{“s” : “aa,mco,r”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} NEW YORK (AP) — Early gains in the stock market evaporated Wednesday after worries about Europe’s debt crisis overshadowed signs of growth in the U.S. […]

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Halfway home: Senate sends tax-rate bill to House

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with reporters near the floor of the Senate during the votes on tax cuts legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010.(AP Photo) WASHINGTON (AP) — In a reach across party lines, the Senate overwhelmingly passed sweeping legislation Wednesday to prevent a Jan. 1 income tax increase for […]

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