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States should rethink big tax breaks to companies, economists say
As good jobs have become harder to find, states have approved bigger economic handouts to attract or keep individual companies. New economic research suggests that's often not a good idea.
Mother says atheist group saved her Christmas
A mother who claimed she was turned away from a church’s toy giveaway because she wouldn’t let volunteers hold her baby says her Christmas was saved by an Oklahoma atheist group.
Americans uneasy about surveillance but often use snooping tools
Amid this year's revelations about the federal government's vast apparatus for tracking the movements and communications of people worldwide, Americans are uneasy with the extent of surveillance yet often use snooping tools in their own lives, a Washington Post poll has found.
Ex-EPA ofﬁcial who faked CIA status gets 32 months in prison
The former high-level Environmental Protection Agency official who masqueraded as a CIA adviser was sentenced to 32 months in prison Wednesday, after admitting that his long-running deception had become something of an addiction.
College men accused of sexual assault say their rights violated
Female students nationwide have filed federal complaints that claim campus sexual-assault investigators lack training, fail to adequately probe incidents and treat the attackers with too much leniency.
VIDEO: Obama urges world to act on Mandela's legacy
President Obama spoke of former South African President Nelson Mandela's legacy of making peace by getting them to trust each other. Obama spoke at the memorial for Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.
VIDEO: Napping man wakes alone, forgotten by airplane crew
A man flying from Louisiana to California fell asleep during his flight and awoke alone, locked on the airplane at the airport.
VIDEO: Plane tries to land sideways
An Emirates Boeing 777 plane tilted sideways as it tried to land at the Birmingham airport during strong wind gusts in the United Kingdom on Thursday.
Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at 95
Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.
VIDEO: Students rally around boy, 6, to stop teasing
Some young boys from Bridgewater show they are truly wise beyond their years when they rally around a boy who was being teased.
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