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News Archive - January 4, 2012

Dog Lost For Four Years Finds Home

A dog that went missing from his Maryland home four years ago was find near Annapolis last week, and reunited with his family.

Renovations Done At Three Montgomery County Schools

Three Montgomery County elementary schools opened after extensive renovations this week, but class sizes are likely to continue to grow unless more funding is secured from the state.

Virginia GOP Rethinking Loyalty Oath Requirement

Republicans in Virginia are reportedly rethinking the requirement that voters sign a loyalty oath pledging to vote Republican in the general election in order to vote in the state primary.

South Carolina Tea Partiers Wish Romney Would Just Go Away

Talk with Tea Party leaders here in South Carolina and you quickly realize that the toughest job in the Mitt Romney campaign would be the assignment of doing outreach to these activists. Maybe not a mission impossible, but close.

Trachtenberg Ends Bid, Brinkley Enters Race For Maryland's 6th District

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A recurrence of breast cancer has forced Duchy Trachtenberg, a Democratic candidate for Maryland's 6th Congressional District, to withdraw her name from consideration.

National Journal: Iowa's Effects On Local Primaries

What do the Iowa caucus results mean for the Virginia primary?

Google Slaps Its Own Wrist Over Chrome Pay-For-Blogging Flap

For two months, Chrome will be lower in the rankings of search results for browsers.

Financial Issues To Headline Maryland Legislative Session

Maryland's general assembly meets next week, and among the principle issues the legislators will have to stare down is a projected $1.1 billion budger deficit.

GOP Candidates Laud Bachmann, Who Departs Without Endorsing A Former Rival

Several former rivals of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann were quick to applaud the now-suspended campaign run by the only woman to have sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. In ending her own bid for the White House, Bachmann did not offer a specific endorsement.

Mom Kills Intruder, Dead Man's Alleged Accomplice Faces Murder Charge

A young Oklahoma mother protected herself and her baby by killing a man who was trying to break into her home, authorities say. She won't face charges. But another man who was allegedly assisting in the break-in will be charged with murder.

Feds To Rein In Use Of Some Antibiotics On Animals

When livestock producers overuse antibiotics, the drugs can help breed resistant bacteria, or superbugs, that have infected tens of thousands of people. The FDA wants to stop that, but its announcement today only restricts one class of drugs out of the many used on animals.

D.C. Government TV Channel Shut Down During Press Conference

A live feed of D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown's press conference was shut off yesterday when reporters began asking questions about ethics.

Harry Thomas Jr. Charged With Theft, False Tax Return

Federal prosecutors filed papers on Thursday charging D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. with theft of $350,000 in government funds and filing a false tax return.

Boeing Says It Will Close Wichita Plant That Employs 2,160 Workers

The Boeing Corp. says it will shut down the company's Wichita facility, which specializes in maintaining and modifying its commercial planes for military or government use. The plant, which has 2,160 employees, is slated to close by the end of 2013.

How Close Was It? Iowa Result Was .003 Tighter Than Bush-Gore In Fla.

The eight votes that separated Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum equal 0.00654 percent of all ballots cast in the Iowa caucuses.

Virginia Primary Could Carry More Weight After Iowa

After an extremely tight win for Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucus, political observers are now weighing more heavily primaries in Virginia and other southern states. 

U.S. Politics: Hurrah For The Red, White And Screwy

The American political system — as corny, eclectic, chaotic and screwed up as it is with its straw polls, caucuses, primaries and contested elections — somehow gets the job done time after time.

Bishop Resigns After He Acknowledges Fathering Two Children

A Catholic bishop in California has resigned his post after revealing in December that he has two teenage children, who live in another state.

In US, Hospital Round Trips More Common For Heart Attack Patients

In the U.S., hospitalized heart attack patients go home sooner than in other countries. They are also more likely to return to the hospital within a month of being discharged.

When 'Budget' Foods Start To Eat Away At The Wallet

The cost of budget-friendly foods like ground beef, potatoes, and eggs soared 10 percent over the past year, pinching household budgets even harder. Blame bad weather, export competition, and the fact that more people are cooking at home to save money. This year may be a bit better, but not much.

After Bruising Loss In Iowa, Bachmann Bows Out

Michele Bachmann's hopes had been pinned on doing well in the Hawkeye State, where last summer she briefly soared in state polls and, in mid-August, won the Iowa Republican Party's presidential straw poll in Ames.

Gov. Perry: 'Here We Come South Carolina!!!'

Though he said last night that he would go home to reassess his bid for the presidency — a signal that he might drop out of the race — Texas Gov. Rick Perry just tweeted that "the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State."

Bucking GOP, Obama Will Recess Appoint Consumer Agency Chief

The White House said it would sidestep the Senate and appoint Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, while the Senate is out of town.

Man Uses iPad, Not Passport, To Gain Entry To U.S.

A Canadian man has been making headlines because he used an image of his passport saved on his iPad — instead of the official document itself — to cross the U.S.-Canadian border two times.

Not Everyone Is Basking In Iowa's Afterglow

The field of GOP challengers narrowed a day after the caucuses as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she was ending her 2012 presidential bid. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Rick Perry went home to regroup after his poor showing in the Cornhusker State.

Orders To U.S. Factories Increased By 1.8 Percent In November

November also saw a decline in capital goods, which is not a good sign for business investment.

Afghan President Says He Supports Talks With Taliban

Experts say the plans for talks are a positive step toward a future peace in Afghanistan.

Confident Romney, Bolstered Santorum Head To N.H.

Backers of Mitt Romney say the former Massachusetts governor's campaign is built "to go all the way." With money, organization and the advantage of competing on his home turf, Romney still holds an enormous edge over Rick Santorum.

Chinese Year Of The Dragon Postage Stamp Deemed 'Too Ferocious'

To welcome the Year of the Dragon, China's postal service plans to release commemorative postage stamps featuring the fabled beast. But many customers are finding the image to be a little over the top.

Calories Trump Protein For Weight Loss

People on low-protein diets pack on more fat compared to people who eat normal amounts of protein, a new study concludes. This is bad for health, even if the low-protein folks don't put on as many pounds. Eating more protein may make it easier to keep weight off.

Michele Bachmann Ends Her Presidential Bid

The Minnesota Republican received only 5 percent of the vote in Iowa.

The Republican Race, Beyond Iowa

A look at some of this morning's headlines.

McCain Expected To Endorse Mitt Romney

The endorsement could carry some weight in New Hampshire, where McCain won primaries in 2000 and 2008.

Poll: Iowa Gives Santorum Small Boost In N.H.

The poll looked at the effects of Iowa and found Mitt Romney maintaining a commanding lead.

'Iowa And Beyond': Listen To A Special NPR Podcast

Listen to a special podcast from NPR News on the first presidential contest of the year — and where the race goes from here.

Iowa Race Fit Many Convenient Story Lines For Media

ANALYSIS: The caucuses are largely an excuse for candidates to try to charm voters for the cameras, and for journalists to harass candidates, voters and the journalists' own audiences.

Can Santorum Translate His Iowa Triumph Into N.H. Success?

Like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2008, Rick Santorum pulled off a late surge in Iowa with an appeal to social conservatives. Huckabee came in third in New Hampshire, then faded. Can Santorum avoid the same fate?

Iowa Offers Little Clarity For GOP Field

Even after a spectacular night of political drama, what Republicans are looking for in a presidential candidate remains unclear. Entrance polls reveal that Iowa voters were split on whether they want electability or principles.