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Gingrich: Romney 'gifts' comment 'nuts'

Newt Gingrich had harsh words Sunday for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's suggestion that he lost the election because President Barack Obama offered "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics, and young voters.

Legislators express optimism on fiscal cliff while sticking points remain

With the so-called fiscal cliff looming, legislators continued on Sunday to express optimism that a deal would be reached -- but members of the two parties remained entrenched on one of the major sticking points, tax revenue.

Search continues for missing oil workers

One day after an explosion ripped through an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard scoured the region Saturday for any sign of two missing crew members. The explosion triggered a fire and injured at least 11 people.

Appeals court strikes down Michigan's affirmative action ban

A federal appeals court on Thursday narrowly struck down Michigan's 6-year-old ban on considering race and gender in college admissions, a ruling that the state intends to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

2 fatalities confirmed in oil rig explosion, no oil leaking into Gulf

According to a news release from Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, work was being done on the platform which caused the explosion and fire Friday morning around 9:15 am. The rig is a production facility.

Americans get fewer vacation days in 2012

Poof. Gone. That's what will happen to many of the vacation days workers don't use by December 31. Americans are expected to subject two days to this unfortunate fate in 2012, according to a study released Thursday.

Hostess Brands closing for good

Hostess Brands -- the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread -- announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new

Rockets fired near Jerusalem

Two rockets have fallen north of the city of Jerusalem, CNN affiliate Channel 2 Israel reports. The armed military wing of Hamas said it had launched rockets at Jerusalem, according to Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV.

Stocks: All eyes on fiscal cliff debate

U.S. stocks spent another day in the red Friday as investors continued to keep a wary eye on negotiations in Washington over the fiscal cliff.

Planned cease-fire fails as Egypt's prime minister visits Gaza

Explosions rumbled through Gaza all night into Friday, as Palestinian health officials reported an additional death in the conflict with Israel, bringing the total toll to 20.