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Obama doesn’t rule out US embassy in Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - While President Barack Obama hasn't ruled out the possibility of reopening a U.S. Embassy in Iran, Republicans say the Senate will vote within weeks on a bill to impose more sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program.Obama was asked in an NPR interview broadcast on Monday ...

A look at some new Mich. laws signed Tuesday

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed 44 bills. Some of the new laws:Make candidates put down a deposit of $25 per precinct instead of $10 and require a $125-a-precinct deposit if the number of votes separating the winner from the loser is more than 50 or 0.5 percent, whichever is greater.Allow ...

Thousands protest near the Kremlin

MOSCOW - Several thousand people rallied near Red Square on Tuesday to protest the conviction of the top Kremlin critic and his brother, in one of the boldest opposition demonstrations in Russia in years.The unsanctioned protest came hours after Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner ...

Liberia eases up on cremation order for Ebola victims

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberia's government announced Tuesday that it will allow families to bury Ebola victims in a special plot of land instead of requiring that the bodies be cremated so as not to spread the virus blamed for killing nearly 8,000 people across West Africa this year.Ciatta ...

How to survive your holiday

Holidays would be so much easier if they took place around a photo wall of all of us when we were young and lovable.This has been my theory for some time now, and I'm sure I'm right. Definitely.Try this out. Think about the relative who annoys you most. We'll call him Uncle Harry.Maybe Uncle ...

What if it’s true?

Editor's note: This is a "classic" Cal Thomas column, which originally ran December 2010.Suppose what some call the "Christmas story" is true -- all of it, from the angels, to the shepherds, to the virgin birth, to God taking on human flesh. By this, I don't mean to suggest it is true only for ...

17 hospitalized after Texas high-rise fire

CASTLE HILLS, Texas (AP) - More than a dozen people remained hospitalized Monday following a fire that killed five residents at a senior-living facility near San Antonio, a city official said.City Manager Diane Pfeil said at least 17 residents were still in the hospital. Meanwhile, officials ...

British patient being treated for Ebola

LONDON (AP) - A health care worker who has just returned from Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in a Glasgow hospital, Scottish authorities said Monday.Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called it the first case of Ebola ever diagnosed inside the United ...

Funding lags for sex-trafficking victims

As awareness of America's sex-trafficking industry increases, state after state has enacted new laws to combat it. But while a few have backed those get-tough laws with significant funding to support trafficking victims, many have not.In Michigan, for example, a cluster of legislators beamed ...

Dear GOP: Show, don’t tell

Hey, Jeb, Ted, Rand, Marco, Bobby, Chris and the dozen or more others I'm forgetting, here's something to write on your bathroom mirror in 2015 and beyond: The "P" in POTUS stands for "President," not "Pundit."I understand that the Seinfeldian faux-holiday Festivus is behind us, but I want to ...

Democrats can’t be Dad

Democrats have done very well politically by convincing voters that they are, in a very broad sense, on the side of the little guy. "Republicans," they say, "take care of the rich, but we Democrats are the party that brought you Social Security, Medicare, Head Start, the Civil Rights Act, free ...

A Christmas from the heart

Out of my three children, two of them have October birthdays. I remember each of the dates just fine but sometimes forget that they both have them within two weeks of each other, therefore dad needs to plan a bit better for gifts.My mother's birthday is on the 23rd of December and my aunt's is ...

Cast reflects on challenge of adapting Sondheim

NEW YORK (AP) - "Into the Woods, who knows what may be lurking on the journey?" goes a lyric from the beloved 1987 Stephen Sondheim musical. It also sums up the fears many ardent Sondheim fans had when they learned a movie version was coming.Who knew, indeed, what dangers might be lurking on ...

Court denies Polanski sex case dismissal

LOS ANGELES - Roman Polanski lost his latest bid to have a California court dismiss his 1977 sex case when a judge rejected a motion for a new hearing.A nine-page order issued Tuesday by Superior Court Judge James Brandlin states that Polanski's claims of judicial misconduct cannot be addressed ...

Streaming release of ‘Interview’ test for industry

ATLANTA (AP) - Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release."The Interview" stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as ...

The government problem

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They're wrong. The central issue is whom the government is for.Consider the new spending bill Congress and the President agreed to a few weeks ago.It's not especially large by historic standards. Under the $1.1 ...

The rape on campus epidemic

The total discrediting of Rolling Stone's story on rape at the University of Virginia has shined a light on one of the least palatable features of American life: the so-called epidemic of rape on campus.Authorities from Barack Obama on down have cited the phony statistic that one in five ...

Up-Lyft-ing Xmas Tale

On Christmas Eve, if you saw a fat man in a sleigh distributing presents, you could have told him he was in violation of several government regulations.The Federal Aviation Administration is upset about his secret flight path, and his gift bag violates charity tax rules.In real life, ...

When does cybercrime become cyberwar

No consensus exists between the U.S. government and cyber security experts as to whether North Korea is responsible for the online dumping of Sony Pictures Entertainment's confidential business data and emails. Even if it could be proven beyond any doubt with uncontestable forensic evidence ...

‘The Hobbit’ ends on a high note

By JESSE?PICKENSThe Daily Mining Gazette"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is the final chapter in the "Hobbit" trilogy, and though it doesn't bring the trilogy out of "The Lord of the Rings" shadow, it is still a worthy ending, and a fun movie in its own right."Five Armies" starts ...