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Obama says report shows CIA torture program at odds with U.S. values

Obama says report shows CIA torture program at odds with U.S. values

December 9th, 2014 7:45 pm by By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

The report concludes that the program lost track of captives, extracted false confessions and fabricated information, and produced no useful intelligence about imminent terrorist attacks.

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Iraqis tell Hagel they need more U.S. airstrikes, military equipment

Iraqis tell Hagel they need more U.S. airstrikes, military equipment

December 9th, 2014 6:30 pm by By W.J. Hennigan, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

Iraq's leaders told Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday that local security forces want an increase in airstrikes and American-made weaponry in their fight to defeat Islamic State militants.

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Government: Gas to average $2.60 next year

Government: Gas to average $2.60 next year

December 9th, 2014 5:45 pm by Associated Press

The average national price of gasoline to $2.66 a gallon on Tuesday according to AAA, 61 cents less than last year at this time. The national average has fallen every day since September 26.

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TennCare considers scrapping computer system

TennCare considers scrapping computer system

December 9th, 2014 5:00 pm by Associated Press

The system under design was supposed to determine Medicaid eligibility, but it has been bogged down with delays and design defects. It was supposed to be operational more than a year ago and is still not complete.

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Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks

Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks

December 9th, 2014 2:04 pm by CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber told groups in 2012 and 2013 that voter stupidity and a "lack of transparency" were important to passing the legislation without any GOP support.

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IG: IRS paid $6 billion in bogus child tax credits

IG: IRS paid $6 billion in bogus child tax credits

December 9th, 2014 12:55 pm by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

Payments went to families that mistakenly claimed the tax credit or claimed the wrong amount, as well as taxpayers who committed fraud, according to an audit.

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Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

December 9th, 2014 12:06 pm by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Areas with the most affordable homes lack a solid base of middle class jobs that attract workers.

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Nuts! Korean flight delayed by first-class spat

Nuts! Korean flight delayed by first-class spat

December 9th, 2014 9:59 am by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer

A recent Korean Air flight was delayed when its chairman's daughter, who was also vice president responsible for cabin service at the airline, ordered a senior crew member off the plane.

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Ice bucket, Brazil elections popular on Facebook

Ice bucket, Brazil elections popular on Facebook

December 9th, 2014 9:34 am by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer

"At its best, social media makes the world a smaller place and builds community on a global level," Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, said in an interview.

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Voters in SW Va. head to polls for District 4 special election today

Voters in SW Va. head to polls for District 4 special election today

December 9th, 2014 6:35 am by Stephen Igo

WISE — Today's vote is necessary because of a special election earlier this year involving the state Senate seat of former Sen. Phillip Puckett, D-Lebanon, who resigned.

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