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New York Yankees hit with $26.9 million luxury tax (AP)
December 21, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Curtis Granderson, center, the newest New York Yankees player, poses with teammates C.C. Sabathia, left, and Alex Rodriguez at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)AP - Winning came with a hefty price for the New York Yankees. The World Series champions were hit with a luxury tax of nearly $25.69 million Monday, according to information received by clubs and obtained by The Associated Press.

Abortion deal may be hard to keep in health bill (AP)
December 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., talks to reporters  following a 60-40 cloture vote which is the first step on passing a health care bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009.(AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)AP - Twice now, abortion was almost a dealbreaker. This time, it was a dealmaker. But of hundreds of deals cut so health care legislation can stay alive, the hardest to keep may be the Senate's abortion compromise — achieved after 13 hours of negotiation. The volatile issue remains the biggest threat to getting a history-making bill to President Barack Obama.

Gov't imposes 3-hour limit on tarmac strandings (AP)
December 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm

A U.S. Airways Express plane is prepared on the tarmac at Reagan National Airport, after a massive snow storm shut down air travel over the weekend, in Washington, on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. The government has imposed a three hour limit on tarmac strandings at airports. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)AP - Stinky toilets, crying babies, airless cabins — the Obama administration said Monday passengers don't have to take it any more. It ordered airlines to let people get off planes delayed on the ground after three hours.

Top Cuban official says Obama lied in Copenhagen (AP)
December 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez gestures during a press conference in Havana, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. Rodriguez called President Barack Obama an 'imperial and arrogant' liar Monday for his conduct at the U.N. climate conference, a reflection of the communist island's increasingly fiery verbal attacks on the U.S. government.  (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)AP - Cuba's foreign minister called President Barack Obama an "imperial and arrogant" liar Monday for his conduct at the U.N. climate conference, a reflection of the communist island's increasingly fiery verbal attacks on the U.S. government.

Obama praises health care bill as it nears passage (AP)
December 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm

American Medical Association President Cecil Wilson, left, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. take part in a health care news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)AP - Well on the way to winning passage before Christmas after clearing its biggest hurdle in the wee hours of the morning, the Senate's health care bill will make a "tremendous difference for families, for seniors, for businesses and for the country as a whole," President Barack Obama said Monday.

3 friends sentenced in NH Walmart worker slaying (AP)
December 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Amber Talbot listens to Christoper Gray's family in Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill, N.H. Monday Dec. 21, 2009.Talbot was one of three friends sentenced for their roll in the stabbing death of Christopher Gray last year.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)AP - Denounced as "evil" and "despicable," three young friends who plotted the killing of a developmentally disabled Walmart cashier who had been hitting on a co-worker drew long prison terms Monday.

Oral Roberts remembered as charismatic leader (AP)
December 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Tears fill Richard Roberts' eyes as he speaks at a memorial service for his father, evangelist Oral Roberts on the campus of Oral Roberts University on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009.  Roberts died Dec. 15 at the age of 91. (AP Photo/David Crenshaw)AP - For decades, Oral Roberts deftly used television to become one of the nation's most recognized and influential preachers. On Monday, that same medium was used to broadcast the memorial service for the godfather of TV evangelism to tens of millions of homes across the world.

First Jesus-era house discovered in Nazareth (AP)
December 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Reverend Jack Karam, left, stands near Israel's Antiquities Authority workers at the excavation site of the remains of the first dwelling in Nazareth, Israel that can be dated back to the time of Jesus, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. Archaeologist Yardena Alexandre, unseen, of the Israel Antiquities Authority says remains of a wall, a hideout and a cistern were found after builders dug up an old convent courtyard in the northern Israeli city. (AP Photos/Dan Balilty)AP - Just in time for Christmas, archaeologists on Monday unveiled what may have been the home of one of Jesus' childhood neighbors. The humble dwelling is the first dating to the era of Jesus to be discovered in Nazareth, then a hamlet of around 50 impoverished Jewish families where Jesus spent his boyhood.

Authorities: Murphy likely died of natural causes (AP)
December 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2007 file photo, Actress Brittany Murphy, right, and husband, writer Simon Monjack, left, at the BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia  Awards in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Fire Department has responded to a 911 call from the home of actress Brittany Murphy's husband. Fire Department spokesman Devon Gale says the call was made at 8 a.m. Sunday from a home in Los Angeles that is listed as belonging to British screenwriter Simon Monjack, who is married to Murphy. Gale says one person was transported to a hospital. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)AP - Authorities said Monday it appeared actress Brittany Murphy died of natural causes after becoming ill with flulike symptoms in the days before she collapsed in the bathroom of her Hollywood Hills home.

Iran clashes after Montazeri funeral: website (AFP)
December 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Iranian mourners attend the funeral of Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri in the holy city of Qom. Iran police clashed with stone-throwing protesters after the funeral attended by vast crowds of mourners in Qom of dissident cleric Montazeri, websites said.(AFP)AFP - Iranian police clashed with stone-throwing protesters after the funeral of dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, attended by vast crowds of mourners in the holy city of Qom, websites said.

Boston mom calls 911 over over son's video game habit (AP)
December 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm

AP - Police say a frustrated Boston woman called 911 to say she couldn't get her 14-year-old son to stop playing video games and go to sleep. Police spokesman Officer Joe Zanoli said Monday the mother called for help around 2:30 a.m. Saturday to say that the teenager also walked around the house and turned on all the lights.

Israel passes response on prisoner swap to Hamas (Reuters)
December 21, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Noam Shalit stands near cardboard cut-outs of his son, captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, during a protest calling for his release outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen ZvulunReuters - A German mediator was expected on Tuesday to give Hamas the Israeli response to a prisoner swap deal that would secure the release of a captured Israel soldier in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

U.S. mortgage industry grapples with new disclosures (Reuters)
December 21, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Reuters - The biggest changes to home loan disclosures since the 1970s are around the corner and many in the industry are warning that misunderstandings will create a logjam of confusion just as housing tries to recover.

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