Washington — A steep fall in gas costs pushed down a measure of U.S. consumer prices last month, keeping inflation mild. The seasonally adjusted consumer price index dropped 0.3 percent in November from October, the Labor Department said Friday. Gas prices fell 7.4 percent, the steepest drop in nearly four years. That offset a 0.2 percent rise in food prices. In the past year, consumer prices have risen 1.8 percent, down from October´s 12-month increase of 2.2 percent. Excluding volatile food and gas, prices ticked up 0.1 percent in November and have risen 1.9 percent in the past year. Higher rents, airline
At least 27 people are dead--including 18 children--after a gunman believed to be a student´s father opened fire today at an elementary school in Connecticut. Police were dispatched to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after they received reports of shots being fired by a gunman in one of the kindergarten classrooms of the school at 9.35am. There are preliminary reports a student´s 20-year-old father was the shooter and that he went from classroom to classroom firing at students and teachers with a .223-caliber rifle. An entire classroom of students is unaccounted for and frantic parents are desperately seeking information
Washington - US President Barack Obama has been informed of a shooting rampage which reportedly killed 27 people at a Connecticut elementary school and is monitoring the situation, the White House said Friday. Asked whether the outrage would push the issue of gun control up the president´s agenda, White House spokesman Jay Carney said: "I don´t think today is that day" to discuss usual Washington policy debates. Carney said Obama was told of the shooting at 10:30 am by his top anti-terror and homeland security advisor John Brennan in the Oval Office. "I think it´s important
As you might have heard, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has narrowed the list of candidates she’s considering to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint down to five. Oddly, one of the candidates on the list is Jenny Sanford. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake writes, Even before the scandal, Jenny Sanford was long regarded as a sharp political mind and someone who could run for political office in her own right in the future. Picking a buzzworthy woman could also help Haley beat back any criticism should might face by not picking Scott, who would
Washington - A law enforcement official says the attacker in the Connecticut school shootings is a 20-year-old man with ties to the school.The official said that a gun used in the attacks is a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that New Jersey state police are searching a location in that state in connection with the shootings, said by an official in Connecticut to have left 27 dead, including 18 children. The official in Washington spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.
Washington — In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration will impose a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency is set to announce the new standard on Friday, meeting a court deadline in a lawsuit by 11 states and public health groups.(Snip) The new soot standard has been highly anticipated by environmental and business groups, who have battled over whether it will protect public health or cause job losses. Soot, or fine
Why is it wealthy liberals don’t understand that if they want to pay more income taxes, they can each year on their 1040 form make an additional contribution to the federal government above and beyond what they owe? Consider the case of actor Matt Damon who on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show Wednesday actually said, “I need to pay more taxes” (video follows with transcript and commentary): TAVIS SMILEY, HOST: Do you think that ultimately on the things that matter to you, the things that matter to me, that Obama as president
An official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way. Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity for the same reason, says the gunman is among the dead. A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps said a teacher had been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital. Andrea Rynn, a spokeswoman at the hospital, said it had three patients from the school but she did not have information
Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) told Fox News´ Greta Van Susteren that he was not trying to "politicize" by the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi by pressuring the Administration to answer questions about the incident and survivors. Chaffetz has been asking the State Dept to produce witnesses and survivors of the Benghazi attack and has been left without a response. Susteren told Chaffetz that she "doesn´t have a lot of sympathy" to those who claim Republicans are politicizing the tragedy because the Administration refuses to answer "simple" questions and details about the attack.
A shooting took place Friday morning at an elementary school on Dickinson Drive in Newtown, Conn. The Hartford Courant has confirmed that one shooter is dead -- there are unconfirmed reports of a second shooter. It is unclear how many people, including children, have been killed though CBS is reporting that up to 27 people have been killed.
Multiple people, including children, have been killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The number of dead is unclear, but there are at least 20 shooting victims. Many of the shootings took place in a kindergarten classroom, sources said. One entire classrom is unaccounted for outside the school, sources said. A person believed to be a shooter is dead. Earlier reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed. CBS News is reporting that 27 people are dead. Three people were brought to Danbury Hospital, but their condition is unknown. The emergency room is on lockdown.
A strong earthquake struck off the southwestern coast of California early Friday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that rattled at 2:36 a.m. PST Friday. The epicenter was 163 miles south-southwest of Avalon, Calif. The quake occurred at a depth of 7.0 miles. Some light shaking was felt around Los Angeles and San Diego. Aftershocks have occurred after the quake. At 2:50 a.m. PST Friday, an aftershock, rated a 4.7 on the Richter Scale, hit 95 miles south-southwest of Avalon, Calif.
The feeling of déjà vu was difficult to ignore. Immediately following the recently ended climate conference in Doha, German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier insisted that the gathering had "opened the door to the future of international climate protection." It was a comment reminiscent of so many attempts by top politicians in recent years to sell yet another failed climate summit as a success. This year, the summit barely avoided collapse by forging a last-minute agreement that the 2015 meeting would be the one at which a global emissions reduction deal would be decided.
President Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Board, led by a ‘recess appointee’ installed when the Senate was actually in session, has blocked 150,000 jobs and made it difficult for lower-income Americans to access credit, according to a new House report. “In exercising its vast regulatory powers, the Bureau has not implemented adequate measures to fully assess and address the impact of its actions on credit access,” the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee states in a report released today. “Already, according to estimates, the CFPB has increased the cost of consumer credit by a total of $17 billion
Rob Parker has been suspended indefinitely by ESPN because of controversial racial comments he made Thursday about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. “Following yesterday’s comments Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice,” ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said. “We are conducting a full review.” Parker on “First Take” had asked whether RGIII is “a brother, or is he a cornball brother? … He’s not real. Okay, he’s black, he kind of does the thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us.
Rep. Hank Johnson took to the House floor Thursday to — not making this up — apologize for calling what he terms “abnormally small people” “midgets.” Here’s what he said Wednesday night in the House. “If you put a midget against a giant, he won’t win. They are in entirely different weight classes [in cage-match fighting]. But if you put 30 midgets in with that giant, they just might win [collectively].” -Hank Johnson (~8:00PM ET, 12/12/12, House of Representatives General Speeches) Johnson used what he now calls the “m word” in that metaphor. This metaphorical fight thankfully
President Barack Obama says he would be “considered a moderate Republican” in the 1980s because his policies are “so mainstream.” In an interview with Univision 23 on Thursday, a Spanish station based in Miami, the president was asked about the perception among some Americans that he has a socialist vision for the country. “One issue that Cuban-Americans are worried about is, they believe that you favor a socialist model for our country,” Obama was asked, according to a transcript of the interview compiled by The Hill. “Cubans and Venezuelans especially because of what they have gone through.
Geraldo Rivera told the hosts of Fox & Friends on Friday that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing her name from consideration to be the next Secretary of State was the “minimum price” the White House had to be for their bungling of the attack in Benghazi in September, and their subsequent contradictory explanations for that attack. He also said that Rice was no longer a viable candidate several weeks ago when moderate women like Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) joined the “angry, old, white men” like Sens. John McCain (R-AZ)
Virginia is moving towards making card-check – the controversial union proposal to replace secret-ballot elections with simple card-signing petitions – unconstitutional in the state. The effort is led by State Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) who said that “no citizen” should be denied the ability to vote by secret ballot. “It’s really a simple bill,” Reeves told CNSNews.com in an interview Thursday. “It’s there to improve voter integrity and privacy. I personally believe that no citizen should be forced to reveal how they voted in any election be it federal, state, local, or even a union election.”
Two years after bandits killed U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, visible progress has finally occurred in the criminal cases and internal investigations that exploded afterward. This week, the straw purchaser of two AK-47-style rifles found at the scene of Terry´s death, west of Rio Rico, was sentenced to almost five years in prison. Jaime Avila Jr. was one of seven defendants from the original Operation Fast and Furious sentenced this week. (snip) Terry´s cousin, Robert Heyer, said the family still sees a lack of accountability among government officials who conducted Operation Fast and Furious
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Envoys from nearly 90 nations signed Friday the first new U.N. telecommunications treaty since the Internet age, but the U.S. and other Western nations refused to join after claiming it endorses greater government control over cyberspace. The head of the U.N. telecoms group pushed back against the American assertions, defending the accord as necessary to help expand online services to poorer nations and add more voices to shape the direction of modern communications technology. Hamadoun Toure´s remarks highlighted the wide gaps
Discussing her decision to withdraw herself from contention as Secretary of State, Susan Rice said pointedly that she only spoke publicly about Benghazi her boss Hillary Clinton had ´declined´ to do so. Rice´s comments on five Sunday talk shows on September 16th eventually scuppered her hopes of becoming America´s top diplomat after she was panned for stating that the terrorist attack on the Benghazi U.S. consulate were caused by an anti-Islam film made in California. Talking to NBC´s Brian Williams about the sequence of events, Rice, who served as a senior State Department official during President Bill Clinton´s administration,
Multiple people, including children, have been killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The number of victims is unclear. Sources said a person believed to be a shooter is dead. Earlier reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed. Police were still searching the school at 11 a.m., and police dogs had been brought in. Shortly after 9:40 a.m., police reported that a shooter was in the main office of the school. A person in one room had “numerous gunshot wounds,” police said.
What kind of secretary of state would Sen. John Kerry make? That’s the question of the moment after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s surprise decision Thursday to withdraw her name from consideration, making Kerry the likely nominee. Kerry is a familiar figure to America and the world. He has been a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for nearly three decades. This very familiarity can seem something of a liability: the lean face, the patrician bearing, the status as a presidential also-ran. But the fact that Kerry is a known