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News Archive - December 27, 2012

'Fiscal Cliff' A Major Concern for D.C. Officials

Mayor Gray and Del. Holmes

 D.C. would suffer more than any other in the United States from a cut in government spending caused by a fall off the 'fiscal cliff.'

Maryland Legislature Pushes Campaign Finance Reform

A legislative panel is pushing for major reforms to the state's campaign finance laws so that voters have more information when they head to the polls.

Maryland Casino Now Open All Day And All Night

Maryland Casino will get more tables and longer hours starting Thursday.

Holmes To Lobby For District Vote On D.C. Budget

Eleanor Holmes Norton

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wants to have the ability to vote on D.C.'s budget.

Six Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Died In 2012

The number of police officers killed in the line of duty in 2012 reflects a 20 percent decline after a rise in numbers compared with the two previous years.

White House To Host Congressional Leaders Friday For Fiscal Deadline Talks

President Barack Obama will meet with the four leaders of Congress Friday, to discuss a possible deal that would avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases in the new year.

Election Study: Black Turnout May Have Surpassed That Of Whites

Blacks also voted at a higher rate than other minorities in what could turn out to be a historic election, according to the Pew Research Center.

Italians Outraged By Priest's Claim That Women Bring Violence On Themselves

In Italy, a Catholic priest has stirred widespread outrage after he blamed incidents of domestic violence on the way women dress. Father Piero Corsi's remarks were in a Christmas message he put on a church bulletin board; photos of the note soon went viral.

After Apparent Abduction, Miniature Pony Returns To Circus

Sighs of relief were breathed in Austria today, after a missing pony made it back to his circus after an apparent horse-napping. While it might seem difficult to steal, and then conceal, a horse, consider that the animal, named Fridolin, is only about two feet tall.

Ski Resort Makes Snow With Treated Wastewater, After A Long Dispute

An Arizona ski resort is making snow for the first time this year, ending more than seven years' worth of legal battles over its snowmaking system, which relies entirely upon treated wastewater to coat its slopes when the snowfall has been uneven.

Virginia AG Cuccinelli On 2013 Projects

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

 

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says there are several projects he started in 2012 that he must wrap up in 2013.

 

Online Review Case Goes To Virginia Supreme Court

A Fairfax Woman will argue her right to post negative online reviews in front of the Virginia Supreme Court.

Metro Hours Extended And Track Work Limited

Metro will suspend most weekend track work during the holiday, and the system will stay open an extra hour Sunday night for the Washington Redskins' prime time matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

Woman Who Allegedly Posed As Newtown Victim's Aunt Is Arrested

Authorities say Nouel Alba of the Bronx pretended to be a relative of a 6-year-old victim and collected donations for a "funeral fund." When confronted about it, they allege, she lied to FBI agents. So far, she's only been charged with lying to authorities. Other charges could follow.

Three Firefighters Injured In Temple Hills Fire

Fire officials are advising residents to check test their smoke detectors.

All three are expected to make full recoveries from their burns, but Prince George's county fire department spokesman Mark Brady says the situation could have been avoided if residents in the home had made sure smoke detectors had working batteries.

Stores Recall 'Nap Nanny' After Feds Say It's A No-No

Three models of the infant recliners are being recalled voluntarily by some of the nation's biggest retailers, including Amazon.com and Buy Buy Baby. The Consumer Product Safety Commission claims the products are hazardous. The maker has said the infant seats are safe when used as directed.

George Carlin, Van Halen & '27 Yankees Land On One Great 'Best Lists' List

If you put together a list of the 100 "best lists," what might you mention? The New Yorker suggests they include Carlin's seven dirty words, Van Halen's famous "no brown M&M's" contract rider, and the lineup for baseball's greatest team. Is there a list to be made of the lists that were missed?

When It Comes To Politics, States Are Barely United

In the last election, the red states got redder and the blue ones bluer. That's true not only in presidential voting, but at the state level, where half the legislative chambers are now dominated by supermajorities of one party or the other. The result is that blue and red states are moving further apart on most major issues, including tax policy, abortion and guns.

Census Bureau Rethinks The Best Way To Measure Race

To keep pace with the nation's increasing racial and ethnic diversity, the Census Bureau could change how it asks about identity in the 2020 count.

Random Acts Of Kindness Can Make Kids More Popular

Children can easily become kinder and more helpful. And that behavior makes them more positive, more accepting and more popular with other children, a study of Canadian kids finds.

EPA Administrator Jackson Stepping Down

Accused by Republicans of running an agency that issued "job-killing regulations," Jackson has faced stiff political opposition in her four years at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Consumer Confidence Dips; New Home Sales Rise

Many Americans appear to be worried about what will happen to the economy if the federal government goes over the so-called fiscal cliff, the Conference Board reports. But there's also good news: The housing sector continues to recover.

Hospital Bids Bye-Bye To Big Macs, Others May Follow Suit

The presence of fast food joints on hospital campuses often conflicts with wellness efforts. Long-term leases have made it difficult for these facilities to kick the restaurants out. But some hospitals are managing to give burgers and fries the boot.

Top Stories: Wintry Blast, 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

Also: U.N. envoy calls for transitional government in Syria; former President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized; and talks to avoid an East Coast port strike resume.

Putin Signals He Will Sign Law Banning U.S. Adoptions Of Russian Children

Angered by an American law barring some Russian officials from entering the U.S., parliament members in Moscow have retaliated. Putin has now said he sees no reason not to sign the adoption ban. More than 60,000 Russian children have been adopted by Americans since 1992, the State Department says.

Elder President Bush In Intensive Care

The nation's 41st president, George H.W. Bush, has been in a Houston hospital since just after Thanksgiving. He went there for treatment of a persistent cough. Since then, he's developed a fever. Doctors are working to bring it down. Bush, 88, is said to be alert and bantering with his nurses.

Wintry Weather Blasting Northeast On Its Way Out

The storm that spread blizzards from Texas to the Great Lakes, and spawned tornadoes in the Southeast, will dump more snow before it heads off toward Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. It's been blamed for at least 15 deaths.