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Tuesday, December 27,2011

Death toll in Philippine floods climbs to nearly 1,500

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The death toll from floods in the southern Philippines has climbed to 1,453 as heavy rains triggered fresh floods in provinces on the east coast, the Office of Civil Defense said Tuesday.
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Tuesday, December 27,2011

Common — rapper, actor, writer — has a new album that’s a return to his roots

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Common was trying not to crack a smile. The rapper-turned-actor-turned-author was in the midst of having his face powdered in preparation for an interview with a cable music channel. His eyes were shut, as the makeup artist had requested stillness, and he had just been asked if he’d ever made any money off album sales.
Friday, December 23,2011

Congress agrees to payroll tax deal; Obama will sign it

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Congress on Friday swiftly approved a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday, ending for the moment a contentious three-month battle over one of President Obama’s top legislative priorities.
Wednesday, December 21,2011

Dad was only joking when he posted Facebook photo of his bound and gagged toddler, family says

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
A Chicago father who allegedly posted a Facebook photo of his 22-month-old daughter bound and gagged was just joking around and the whole case has been “blown out of proportion” by the Internet, his attorney and family said Wednesday.
Wednesday, December 21,2011

Bank of America to pay $335 million to settle charges of lending discrimination

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay $335 million to settle allegations that Countrywide Financial, which it now owns, systematically discriminated against minority home-buyers at the peak of the U.S. housing boom.
Wednesday, December 21,2011

EPA issues strong limits on mercury emissions

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a tough new rule to limit emissions of mercury, arsenic and other toxic substances from sources such as power plants, a landmark measure that could prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Wednesday, December 21,2011

No great victory for Apple in patent fight

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Apple Inc. has persuaded federal authorities to ban U.S. sales of some Google-powered Android phones that unlawfully use iPhone-like features. But don’t expect the more than 500 varieties of Android smartphones and tablets to disappear from shelves any time soon.
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Tuesday, December 20,2011

Settlement reached for care of singer Etta James

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The longtime husband of terminally ill blues legend Etta James will remain as the conservator of her $1 million estate, a Riverside County judge has ruled.
Tuesday, December 20,2011

Google, Mozilla renew search deal for 3 more years

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Google Inc. and Mozilla have agreed to keep Google as the default search engine on the Firefox Web browser for three more years, the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation announced Tuesday.
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Monday, December 19,2011

Simon Cowell says Howard Stern will shake up ‘America’s Got Talent’

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Howard Stern is going to have some more company on the “America’s Got Talent” judging table. The shock jock’s hiring announced last week is just part of a total makeover for the NBC summer hit, including a yet-to-be picked fourth judge, according to creator and executive producer Simon Cowell.
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