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Plug Pulled On 'Plan B,' House Breaks For Christmas

House Speaker John Boehner was dealt a major defeat Thursday night. After spending most of the week trying to round up votes for his "Plan B" to extend tax cuts for virtually everyone, he pulled the measure without a vote. The clock keeps ticking toward the end of the year, when automatic tax increases and spending cuts are set to hit.
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Long Island Power Authority Faces Commission

Following Superstorm Sandy hundreds of thousands of people on Long Island went weeks without power. Elected officials blamed the Long Island Power Authority — calling it in need of federal take over. Thursday night, executives for the utility finally answered questions from investigators who are preparing a report on how to overhaul the utility business in New York.
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Newtown Copes With Grief, Searches For Answers

It's been a week since Adam Lanza went on a horrific shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 children and six adults. Authorities have been combing through evidence trying to piece together an explanation of why Lanza did what most consider the unthinkable.
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When The Doctor Works For The Insurance Company

Big insurance companies are opening their own doctors' offices and clinics — a strategy that has previously met with mixed results.
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Drought, Economics And Your Holiday Feast

The Great Drought of 2012 dominated headlines this summer, but so far, it has not had a major impact on the prices of food on your holiday table, except the dairy products. That prime rib is more expensive for other reasons.
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Not Your Grandma's B&B: Traditional Inns Transform For Young Travelers

The image of the rural bed and breakfast with claustrophobic rooms, spartan amenities and prying innkeepers has long been a source of laughs for comedians and sitcoms. But B&Bs are fighting back. Now, many country inns are trying to dispel old stereotypes to appeal to new travelers.
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A Pie-Making Encore: Start With The Perfect Recipe, Serve With Love

Pie can elicit thoughts of home, warmth and comfort. But fear of pie crust may deter even the most comfortable of cooks from trying their hand at pie-making. The secret, one chef reveals, starts with the formula 3-2-1.
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New TSA Standards: Carry On Small Snow Globes And Pies, Keep Checking Jam

Airline travelers, there is some good news this holiday season. The Transportation Security Administration says children and the elderly won't have to remove their shoes. And you can now carry on some (but not all) snow globes. The government has some other pointers heading into a busy travel weekend.

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