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  • Five ways Republicans will change the House

    Five ways Republicans will change the House

    The US House of Representatives rewrites its own internal rules every two years, and House Republicans are proposing sweeping rules changes to limit the cost and scope of government, increase openness, and make it easier to cut taxes. The rules package will face a vote when the new Congress convenes on Jan. 5. It typically passes on a party-line vote without amendment. These new rules include:

  • Prop. 8 gay marriage case takes detour to California Supreme Court

    Prop. 8 gay marriage case takes detour to California Supreme Court

    Do gay couples have a constitutional right to marry? A US appeals court withholds judgment, instead asking California's Supreme Court to resolve whether Prop. 8 backers have legal standing to defend the gay marriage ban.

  • Are you smarter than an NFL quarterback? Take the quiz

    Are you smarter than an NFL quarterback? Take the quiz

    For many years, the National Football League has given the Wonderlic aptitude test to rookie players. The test has 50 questions with a 12-minute time limit. Put three minutes on the clock and try our shortened version of the test, created with sample questions from ESPN.com and testprepreview.com. Multiply the number of right answers you get by 3.85 to compare with full test results. Can you do better than NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (35) or Tom Brady (33) or Peyton Manning (28)? How about Colin Kaepernick (37) or Joe Flacco (27)? The average NFL quarterback scores 24 on the test, according Paul Zimmerman, author of "The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football."

  • On Obama's agenda: maintain momentum and parry GOP jabs at 'ObamaCare'

    On Obama's agenda: maintain momentum and parry GOP jabs at 'ObamaCare'

    Obama achieved several legislative victories just before going on vacation. But with a GOP-led House vowing to target 'ObamaCare' and government spending, difficult battles await.

  • Obama's shave ice order: A sign of bipartisanship?

    Obama's shave ice order: A sign of bipartisanship?

    Does the president's flexibility on shave ice flavors show an openness to compromise as the Republicans take control of the House?

  • Could you pass a US citizenship test?

    Could you pass a US citizenship test?

    In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test. American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs, and can be a way to demonstrate loyalty to the US. Applicants must get 6 answers out of 10 in an oral exam to pass the test. According to US Citizenship and Immigration services, 92 percent of applicants pass this test. You must get 58 or more of these test questions correct in order to pass.

  • Green Bay Packers, still in Super Bowl hunt, meet Eagles again Sunday

    Green Bay Packers, still in Super Bowl hunt, meet Eagles again Sunday

    Green Bay Packers beat Philadelphia in the first week of the NFL season. Now, in one of this weekend's NFL wild card playoff games, the Green Bay Packers face Michael Vick and the Eagles again. Who's got the edge?

  • House GOP health-care repeal: What will that bill do, exactly?

    House GOP health-care repeal: What will that bill do, exactly?

    The House GOP bill to repeal the new health-care reforms would reset laws of the land to last March, before Obama signed the measure. It also calls on Republicans to craft own reform plan.

  • How much do you know about marijuana? Take the quiz

    How much do you know about marijuana? Take the quiz

    By early 2014, some 20 US states and the District of Columbia had legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. In Nov. 2012, voters in Washington and Colorado passed initiatives to make their states the first in the country to allow recreational use of the drug. But under federal law, the sale of cannabis remains illegal. And the US Food and Drug Administration states that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States." How much do you know about marijuana? Take our quiz and find out:

  • Panda cow with rare markings born on farm in northern Colo.

    Panda cow with rare markings born on farm in northern Colo.

    Panda cow: The so-called "panda cow" born in Larimer County is thought to be one of only about 24 in the world.

  • Healthcare law challenged by Wisconsin's new governor

    Healthcare law challenged by Wisconsin's new governor

    The healthcare law has a new detractor in Wisconsin's political circle. The newly inaugurated governor has given Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen the go ahead to join a lawsuit brought by 20 other states challenging the healthcare law.

  • Chicago mayor's race: Will it end up Rahm Emanuel vs. Carol Moseley Braun?

    Chicago mayor's race: Will it end up Rahm Emanuel vs. Carol Moseley Braun?

    The African-American community in Chicago has tried for some time to coalesce around a single candidate for mayor. Now, after Rep. Danny Davis dropped out, Carol Moseley Braun is the main black candidate.

  • White House has lost one-quarter of its market value in three years

    White House has lost one-quarter of its market value in three years

    According to one real-estate website, the value of the White House has fallen from $332 million in 2007 to $252 million today. There are no plans to sell it, however.

  • Blackbirds fall from sky, fish die off: What's a conspiracy theorist to think?

    Blackbirds fall from sky, fish die off: What's a conspiracy theorist to think?

    Absent a final explanation, wild theories abound concerning reasons Arkansans' saw blackbirds fall from sky and fish die off en masse. The event revives superstitions about birds as omens.

  • Jerry Brown sets no-nonsense tone for California in inauguration speech

    Jerry Brown sets no-nonsense tone for California in inauguration speech

    Gov. Jerry Brown urged lawmakers of both political parties to get out of their comfort zones and rise above ideology for the good of the state in a 16-minute inauguration speech Monday.

  • Grapevine closed by snow: playtime near L.A., but tough work on I-5

    Grapevine closed by snow: playtime near L.A., but tough work on I-5

    The California Highway Patrol works hard to reopen the Grapevine closed by the winter weather, even as arts students outside Los Angeles frolic in the snow, highly unusual at that low altitude.

  • Michael Steele: opponents at RNC debate say party 'needs to be fixed'

    Michael Steele: opponents at RNC debate say party 'needs to be fixed'

    Michael Steele faces strong opposition in his bid to be reelected as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). At a debate Monday, his four opponents accused him of mismanagement.

  • Jerry Brown's California: Five big changes from 1975 to 2011

    Jerry Brown's California: Five big changes from 1975 to 2011

    Once California’s youngest governor, Jerry Brown reprises his role as the state's chief executive starting Monday, now as the oldest person elected to that office. Then, as now, Brown replaced a Hollywood actor-gone-governor – Ronald Reagan in 1975 and Arnold Schwarzenegger now – and the top issue was high unemployment amid a sagging economy. Here's a look at California and Brown then and now.

  • Stuxnet attack on Iran nuclear program came about a year ago, report says

    Stuxnet attack on Iran nuclear program came about a year ago, report says

    The Stuxnet cyberweapon damaged about one-tenth of the centrifuges at the Iran nuclear facility near Natanz, says a report by a watchdog group. Problems arose in late 2009 or early 2010, it notes.

  • Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin will be back, despite Giants missing NFL playoffs

    Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin will be back, despite Giants missing NFL playoffs

    Eli Manning and the Giants won their final game of the season Sunday against the Redskins, but it wasn't enough to make the playoffs. Still, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin got the owner's 'vote of confidence' and will be back to lead Eli Manning and his team in 2011.