Senate leaders pledge to scramble for fiscal crisis plan

Senate leaders from both sides of the aisle vowed late Friday to scramble over the weekend to produce a new bill aimed at averting the fiscal crisis, on the heels of a high-stakes White House meeting -- seen as the last chance to come together before the tax-hike deadline next week. 

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Out of ideas? Obama sticks with scaled-down fiscal plan at last-ditch meeting

If Americans were looking to Washington Friday to unveil a bold new solution for averting the fiscal crisis, they didn't get it. President Obama, at a last-ditch meeting with congressional leaders just days before sweeping tax hikes take effect, presented a recycled version of the scaled-back proposal he pitched last week. 

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The year's 10 strangest science stories

Science does plenty of amazing things for society: finding treatments for cancer, putting people in space. But along the way, scientists also discover some truly bizarre things.

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Time for a yard sale? Selling excess property could net government billions

When families face a budget crunch, they have but a few options -- spend less, make more or starting selling stuff. So why doesn't the federal government do the same? 

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New York woman arrested in connection with murder of 2 firefighters

A 24-year-old woman was arrested Friday and charged in connection with the Christmas Eve ambush slaying of two volunteer firefighters responding to a house fire in upstate New York.

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