News Archive - December 27, 2011

In Iowa, Romney Ignores Rivals, Targets Obama

On the first of his four-day bus tour in the Hawkeye State, the Republican presidential candidate declared the race for president to be between Obama's vision of an "entitlement society" and his of an "opportunity society." It's a campaign message he unveiled in a recent speech in New Hampshire.

Average Age Of D.C. Area Vehicles Goes Up

A report by Triple-A MidAtlantic shows that the average vehicle in the D.C. area is older than ever, leading to an increase in the number of breakdowns.

A Second Life For Area Christmas Trees

Christmas trees have already had their big day in the spotlight, but many county governments are giving them a second life with programs that make mulch out of trees left curbside in the coming weeks.

D.C. Residents Push New Site For WWI Memorial

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Seeking to prevent the D.C. War Memorial from being co-opted into a national WWI memorial, residents are pushing for a new location in Pennsylvania.

Here's How Much Data The 'Anonymous' Hacker Attack Exposed

A security firm sifting through the stolen data said it found 50,000 credit card numbers, 27,000 phone numbers and 44,000 passwords.

Report: Many Virginia Drivers Falsely Ticketed

Ever gotten a ticket for driving without proof of insurance? A report from legal experts says that it's not actually against the law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

For Russians, New Year's Eve Remains The Superholiday

In Russia, New Year's reigns supreme as the food holiday, even though Christmas returned with the end of the Soviet Union. Russian immigrants in the United States continue the tradition, which demands a nightlong feast of herring, caviar, pickles, salami, and — well, that's just for starters.

U.S. Treasury: China Is Not Manipulating Its Currency

The Treasury acknowledged an appreciation of the Yuan, but said it was "insufficient."

Playing The Expectations Game And Other Last-Minute Candidate Tricks

With just one week to go before Iowa voters head to the caucuses, polls show a tight race. What do the GOP candidates need to do to gain an edge?

Study: Caregivers Suffer Adverse Health Effects

A study out of Virginia Tech revealed that the altruistic act of caring for an impaired spouse or parent can ultimately have harmful effects on the mental well-being of the caregiver.

Sean Collins, Who Told Surfers Where To Go For The Best Waves, Has Died

He created a way for surfers to learn about where the best waves are just about anywhere in the world and in the process became a legend in the surfing community. He was 59 and died Monday of a heart attack suffered while playing tennis.

Members Of Congress Weather Recession, Become Richer

While Congress has always been a place for the wealthy, there is a growing and more apparent disparity between its members and those they represent.

A Week Out In Iowa, Most Republican Presidential Candidates Are All In

Let the buses roll. A week before Iowa caucus-goers start the 2012 Republican presidential nominating contest, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich were starting cross-state bus tours on Tuesday.

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson Won't Seek Re-Election

The race for the control of the Senate just got even more interesting. Democrats have 23 seats to defend. Republicans have 10. The GOP just needs a four-seat gain to take control of the chamber.

Brazil Overtakes U.K. As World's Sixth Biggest Economy

The milestone is part of a larger trend where emerging economies are outpacing developed ones. Earlier this year, China overtook Japan.

Congress Really Is As Bad As You Think, Scholars Say

Historians and educators are reaching back to the Civil War era to find a Congress so unable to perform basic duties. Two well-known Washington congressional scholars sum it up with a book they are writing, titled It's Even Worse Than It Looks.

India's Hazare Begins New Hunger Strike In Corruption Fight

The protests of Anna Hazare have rocked the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

VIDEO: Tears From Kim Jong Un As His Father's Funeral Nears

Wednesday's service is shrouded in mystery. Nations around the world will be watching for any clues about the country's future. Meanwhile, the heir to Kim Jong Il's leadership post showed a rare bit of emotion earlier today.

Inhalable Caffeine: Party Drug Or Handy, Pocket-Sized Boost?

AeroShot, a breathable form of caffeine, offers coffee and energy drink addicts a new way to get their fix. But some say the product is being marketed like a drug, and could be a health risk for young people.

For Hospitals, There's No App For Adopting Tablet Computers

Hospitals may be the only places in America that aren't crazy for iPads. Security issues and incompatibility with hospital systems are two big reasons why tablet computers haven't caught on. But some doctors and patients say they're great for explaining complex medical issues.

Dealing With Dictators: Is Exile Or Trial Better?

Four Arab leaders have been driven from power this year, but only one is facing trial. Democracy activists say prosecution is necessary to establish the primacy of the rule of law. But some pragmatists say the threat of prosecution encourages dictators to cling to power rather than consider exile.

Mom 'Mortified,' Obama Amused When Baby Grabbed President's Mouth

Little Cooper Wall Wagner grabbed for the president's teeth. The president cheerfully mugged for the cameras. Mom says she was embarrassed, but it doesn't appear she needed to be.

Consumer Confidence Rose This Month

The Conference Board's gauge of consumer sentiment is back at a level not seen since last April. That could bode well for consumer spending — and the economy in general — in coming months.

Sears, Kmart Closings Will Shutter 3 Percent Of Company's Stores

Between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores are going to be shut down as the retailer looks to trim costs and move ahead after it endured a pretty poor holiday shopping season. There are about 4,000 Sears and Kmart stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Infectious Fungus Common In Household Drains

The fungus that causes moldy toenails and rare, serious eye infections lurks in many bathroom sink drains, researchers say. That may help explain an outbreak of serious eye infections among contact lens wearers, and perhaps other health problems as well.

Home Prices Fell Again In October

Home prices fell from September to October in 19 of the 20 cities where it tracks the real estate markets, according to the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.

Top Stories: Yemeni Leader May Be Treated In U.S.; Syria Moves Tanks

Also: Dozens of Kmart and Sears stories to close; al-Qaida in Iraq claims responsibility for last week's deadly bombings in Baghdad; "moving melee causes chaos" at Mall of America.

Santorum Goes Hunting For Pheasants — And Votes — In Iowa

It was a clean photo op aimed squarely at Iowa's many hunters and gun owners. Santorum, wearing a hunter's orange NRA cap, talked about the need to nominate federal judges who would uphold second amendment rights.

Activists Condemn Syrian Army's 'Show,' Say Tanks Didn't Move Far

In the city of Homs, as Arab League monitors arrived the Army moved its tanks. But activists say they didn't go very far.

Lost Money: $41 Billion In Gift Cards Haven't Been Redeemed Since 2005

They're enormously popular — an estimated $27.8 billion worth have been given this holiday season. But many also never get fully used. What to do? Swap them. Regift them. Invest them. Or, perhaps, give them to charity.