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Poll: Most Americans Want Payroll Tax Extension

Posted: 12/15/2011 - Most Americans want Congress to vote to continue the payroll tax reduction, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that comes as Democrats and Republicans wrestle over whether to extend the cut through 2012.

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Census Shows 1 In 2 People Are Poor Or Low-Income

Posted: 12/15/2011 - Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans -- nearly 1 in 2 -- have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

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GOP Candidates To Debate In Sioux City, Iowa

Posted: 12/15/2011 - Some of the Republican presidential candidates are squeezing in campaign events before participating in a televised debate in Sioux City, Iowa. It's their last debate before the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3.

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Former POW Jessica Lynch Finishing Teaching Degree

Posted: 12/14/2011 - Jessica Lynch was just 19 when the world first saw her -- a broken, blond soldier caught on combat video in Iraq, her face wearing something between a grimace and a grin. The Army supply clerk was being carried on a stretcher after nine days as a prisoner of war.

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Sandusky Waives Hearing, Vows To Fight Charges

Posted: 12/13/2011 - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky opted against forcing his accusers to make their claims of child sex abuse in a packed courtroom Tuesday but then took his case to the courthouse steps as his lawyer assailed the credibility of the alleged victims and witnesses.

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Driver Sent Or Got 11 Texts In 11 Minutes Before Crash

Posted: 12/13/2011 - A 19-year-old pickup truck driver involved in a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the accident, federal investigators said Tuesday.

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Facebook Aims To Help Prevent Suicide

Posted: 12/13/2011 - Facebook is making it easier for people who express suicidal thoughts on the social networking site to get help.

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Police Remove Occupy Baltimore Protesters

Posted: 12/13/2011 - Authorities in full riot gear removed Occupy Baltimore protesters early Tuesday from a downtown plaza where they had been camped out for months.

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Sandusky Hearing May Bring Testimony By Accusers

Posted: 12/13/2011 - The stunning allegations that a beloved icon of Penn State's football team has secretly been a serial molester who used his charity for children to find and groom new victims will undergo their first legal test Tuesday inside a picturesque rural Pennsylvania courthouse. There, prosecutors will try to prove they have enough evidence to advance the case to county court for trial.

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Bad Economy? Farmers Have One Of Best Years Ever

Posted: 12/12/2011 - While much of America worries about the possibility of a double-dip recession, stories of prosperity are cropping up as U.S. farmers enjoy their best run in decades, thanks to high prices for many crops, livestock and farmland and strong global demand for corn used in making ethanol.

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San Francisco Becomes First US City To Top $10 Minimum Wage

Posted: 12/12/2011 - San Francisco makes history by becoming the first city in the nation to scale a $10 minimum wage. The city's hourly wage for its lowest-paid workers will hit $10.24, more than $2 above the California minimum wage and nearly $3 more than the working wage set by the federal government.

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Funeral Scheduled For Fallen Va. Tech Officer

Posted: 12/12/2011 - A big contingent of law enforcement officials is expected to honor a fallen brother when a funeral is held today for a Virginia Tech police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

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