December 5, 2012 Also: Republicans look for "position to fall back on" in budget, tax talks; "Fast and Furious" firings may be coming; Syria's Nusra Front may be labeled a "terrorist group;" world's oldest person, 116-year-old Georgia woman, dies.
December 5, 2012 The ADP National Employment Report shows slower job growth than in October. The lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy get the blame.
December 5, 2012 Rescuers are having trouble reaching many of those who were in the storm's path. Mud, fallen trees and downed electrical lines are in the way.
December 5, 2012 Hay prices are up sharply because of the drought across much of the nation. So hay bales sitting in fields have become hot properties. So much so, in fact, that a sheriff in Oklahoma put a GPS tracker in one bale. It helped him track down the suspects.
December 4, 2012 But Jeffrey Hillman remains on the streets, the Daily News reports. City officials say they have tried to help him in various ways, but Hillman turns them down. A photo of of the officer giving Hillman boots on a frigid night captured many hearts.
December 4, 2012 The Democratic politician has taken up a challenge to live on $30 worth of food for a week. That's about what the average food stamps recipient in his state receives. It's part of a campaign to raise awareness about the struggles of low-income Americans.
December 4, 2012 Also: "Fiscal cliff" talks continue; Obama warns Syria about using chemical weapons; judge removed in Fort Hood shooting rampage case; and the world watches as pregnant Kate rests.
December 4, 2012 Talks continue about how to avoid automatic spending cuts and expiration of Bush-era tax reductions. If you're trying to keep up on what's going on, here are three more stories you should consider (we won't presume say they're "must reads). Also, two "bonus tracks."
December 4, 2012 "Officials from a cross-section of agencies" tell The Wall Street Journal that references to al-Qaida were removed to protect sources. Those sources say the White House did not drive that decision. The wording, used by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, has come under criticism.
December 4, 2012 Iran has released video of what it says is a drone that launched from a U.S. ship and flew into Iranian airspace before being captured. The U.S. Navy says all such aircraft are "fully accounted for."
December 3, 2012 The story of the missing hat, which her mom wore while having chemotherapy, touched many. "The hat IS important to me," Hughes writes today. "This IS a good story. Honestly though, there are so many people in this world whose stories deserve to be told. We've got bigger fish to fry than a lost hat."
December 3, 2012 David Oliver Relin was Greg Mortenson's co-writer on the best-seller. In the past year, Mortenson has been accused of fabricating some of his tales about his life in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the charitable work he did there.
December 3, 2012 Prince William and Kate married in April 2011. Now, the future king and queen are expecting. Royal watchers can now go into a tizzy.
December 3, 2012 He led the Miami Heat to the NBA championship and Team USA to a gold medal in the Olympics. James "has entered a state of mastery," says legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski.