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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has announced that he will step down from his position at the White House in February to work on the upcoming 2012 campaign. He says the changes coming to the Obama administration amount to a "pretty major retooling."
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Soldiers left Fort Campbell, Ky., for Afghanistan last February. Now, the base is getting ready to welcome 17,000 soldiers home. Four combat brigades and an aviation unit will leave Afghanistan after the deadliest year of fighting so far.
While President Obama is already in pretty good shape, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank recommends he add Pilates classes to his workout routine this year. "The constant complaint from everybody is he doesn't really stand up in negotiations -- his spine isn't stiff enough. So Pilates would give him that core strength that I think he would need."
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Shopper Monica Eaves, with her daughter, Sophia, 2, shops for holiday gifts at The Grove outdoor mall in Los Angeles on Tuesday. A strong start to the holiday season is raising confidence that the consumer is back and that 2011 could be a better year for the economy than expected.
The 46-year-old research submarine, here just before a dive in the Gulf of Mexico in November, has made more than 4,600 ocean trips. Over the next year and a half it will be renovated.