December

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Blizzard blues? Relax: it’s hotter than ever

Guess what: this year is stacking up as one of the hottest since we humans started keeping thermometer-based temperature records 160 years ago.

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LA neighborhood councils fight vehicle confiscations

The South Central Neighborhood Council joined other groups calling for an end to the impoundment of unlicensed drivers' cars at traffic stops, charging that the practice targets poor, minority and immigrant communities.

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Finally: aid to 9/11 heroes approved after GOP yields

The GOP finally relented and allowed 9/11 first responders funding for health care and other needs - but only after nine years and an intense grassroots campaign.

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New START ratified, 71-26

The 71-26 vote marked a significant foreign policy achievement for the Obama administration during the lame-duck Congressional session.

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Kasich declares war on workers

Ohio's Republican Governor-elect John Kasich declared war on all public employees and workers employed under state contracts - a full month before taking office.

Living wage advocate: laws have positive impact

If you walk into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) next year, you won't find a McDonald's. They refused to pay their workers a living wage, and dropped out of the bidding for a restaurant concession at LAX, says Madeline Janis, executive director of the L.A. Alliance For a New Economy - who is also a city redevelopment agency commissioner.

Scientists: society needs power and corruption

Scientific fact is objective, but sometimes it's easy to see whose side certain scientists are working on.

Anger erupts over slash-to-the-bone state budget

SEATTLE - Public employee unions and the people they serve denounced the budget unveiled by Gov. Chris Gregoire, which slashes vital services and jobs.

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More arrests as foreclosure protests spread

Six people were arrested December 20 when they locked arms as they attempted to enter a Bank of America branch in Missouri, refusing police orders to turn back during a protest against the bank's home foreclosures.

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FCC approves controversial Internet rules

The Federal Communications Commission approved first-time regulations on companies that provide Internet service, but Al Franken is upset about it.

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