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Graham says he'd break no-tax 'pledge'

A leading Republican senator said Sunday he's willing to break the no-tax pledge promoted by activist Grover Norquist if Democrats are willing to help pass spending reforms on government programs like Social Security and Medicare.

Retiring lawmakers reflect on remaining challenges

When the new session of Congress begins in January, most of the faces on Capitol Hill will be the same - incumbents in both the House and the Senate overwhelmingly won re-election in November.

No Powerball winner sends jackpot to record $425 million

No one hit the jackpot in the latest Powerball drawing, pushing the next prize of $425 million into the history books. The prize for Saturday night's Powerball was $325 million -- the fourth-largest in the game's history.

Fire engulfs yacht off Miami Beach; 3 rescued

A fire engulfed a yacht a mile off Miami Beach on Saturday, sending a thick column of black smoke into the clear blue sky before rescue crews were able to put it out, the Coast Guard said.

Taylor Swift: I still have a lot to learn

With her mega-successful career, one might think that country pop star Taylor Swift has it all figured out.

Larry Hagman, the man behind iconic villain J.R. Ewing, dies

Actor Larry Hagman, who created one of television's iconic villains with the treacherous J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died Friday, according to a family statement. He was 81.

Early Beatles audition tape going on the auction block

They were four completely unknown men living in Liverpool in 1962. Ordinary 20-something-year-olds who had formed what seemed to be a very ordinary rock band.

Some Republicans move away from no-tax pledge

Nothing riles up the tea party chattering class like a broken pledge against raising taxes.

Fog suspected in 100-vehicle Texas wrecks that claim at least two lives

At least two people were killed and as many as 120 injured in Thanksgiving pileups involving an estimated 100 cars on a foggy stretch of highway in southeast Texas, authorities said.

A gift guide for gamers of all types

This holiday season, shopping for the gamer in your life is easier -- and harder. Easier because there are so many great choices, you can't go wrong.