Posted: Jan 2, 2013 10:39 PM
Updated: Jan 2, 2013 10:39 PM
HONOLULU (AP) President Barack Obama has signed the bipartisan "fiscal cliff" compromise that boosts taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, signed the bill using an autopen, a mechanical device that copies his signature. Among other things, the bill extends expiring unemployment benefits.
WASHINGTON (AP) After facing a firestorm of criticism, House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) has scheduled a vote for Friday for a portion of disaster aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Friday's vote will be on $9 billion for the national flood insurance program. A second vote will held Jan. 15 on the remaining $51 billion in the package. Boehner promised the votes after meeting Wednesday with angry Northeast lawmakers.
WASHINGTON (AP) A spokesman says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is eager to get back to the office. Clinton was released from a New York hospital Wednesday after being treated for three days for a blood clot in her head. She was treated with blood thinners. The spokesman says Clinton's doctors expect a full recovery.
NEW DELHI (AP) Authorities in New Delhi say police are prepared to file formal murder, rape and kidnapping charges against six people accused in the gang-rape and killing of a 23-year-old university student two weeks ago. The attack happened on a bus. Media reports say 30 witnesses have been gathered, and the charges have been detailed in a document running more than 1,000 pages. The case has sparked national outrage and demands for greater protection of women.
CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) Officials in Putnam County, N.Y., say they will reject a newspaper's request to release the names and addresses of residents with pistol permits. In December, the Journal News published online maps that allow viewers to see the names and addresses of pistol and revolver permit holders in neighboring Westchester and Rockland counties. The newspaper sought the records after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.