Spectators gathered outside federal court to watch Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrive for his arraignment. Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings and family members of the victims are expected to pack the courtroom.
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Five myths about the future of Obamacare
Both liberals and conservatives believe they are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the Affordable Care Act.
AAA: Okla. gas prices about $1 less since May
Oklahoma’s statewide average for regular gasoline has fallen about $1 since May, news that might make motorists even merrier during the holiday season.
A record 94.5 million Americans — including 862,000 Oklahomans, also a record and the fifth consecutive Christmas/New Year’s increase — are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, according to the auto club AAA.
AAA defines the year-end holiday period as running from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1.
“We think the high number of Oklahomans traveling, a one percent increase over last year, reflects the state’s solid economy,” said Edmond resident Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Disposable income, the real gross state product and new home prices are up, while pump prices are falling.”
Budget agreement removes $6 billion from military retirement
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has blasted a budget agreement tailored by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The budget compromise between the House and Senate breaks a promise Congress made to veterans who have served their country with honor, Inhofe said.
A Republican filibuster attempt to prevent the bill from moving forward for a final vote failed Tuesday by a vote of 67-33. The 55 Democrats and independents were joined by 12 Republicans in approving the plan. President Barack Obama has given his support of the bill that calls for more than $20 billion in deficit reduction.
Passage of the bill would prevent another government shutdown in January. Some Senate Democrats balked that the deal does not extend unemployment insurance.
The Ryan-Murray budget agreement removes $6 billion from funding retirement benefits. Inhofe was joined by U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., in introducing an amendment to restore full retirement pay for military retirees.
AAA expects U.S. holiday travel to reach record high
U.S. travel during the Christmas and New Year's holidays will rise for a fifth straight year to reach a record, boosted by more automobile trips, AAA said.
Gun deaths not easily tracked or tallied
Five days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he stressed that, this time, the national conversation about guns must lead to action.
VIDEO: Anonymous donor ensures Worcester Catholic School will remain open
After an anonymous donation the Worcester Catholic School will remain open. The 70-year-old school was going to close its doors in June.
Minnesota college student survives night on porch in subzero temperatures
A University of Minnesota Duluth student suffered severe hypothermia and could lose her hands after she passed out on a freezing porch in subzero temperatures with only a jacket and boots to protect her from the cold.
VIDEO: Interpreter at Mandela memorial called a 'fake'
The head of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said the sign language interpreter on stage during Tuesday's memorial for Nelson Mandela was a fake.
Federal budget deal would have new hires pay more into pensions
Federal employees hired after Jan. 1 will make higher contributions toward their retirement benefits than current workers under a budget deal announced Tuesday night.
Rape victim plans lawsuit against Facebook
A rape victim said she plans to file a lawsuit against Facebook for refusing to voluntarily remove a fake page created in her name by her rapist and posting nude photos of her to it.
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