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Bank fines top $10 billion this year

From laundering money for Iran, to manipulating interest rates paid by consumers and businesses, to improperly foreclosing on homeowners, misdeeds cost the banks a record of more than $10.7 billion in fines this year.

Police: Mumbling woman pushes man to his death in front of subway train

For the second time in a month, a man has been shoved to his death in front of a train on a New York City subway platform, police said.

'Stormin' Norman' Schwarzkopf, lauded Gulf War commander, dies

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who led allied forces to a routing of Iraq in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and became one of the nation's most celebrated military heroes of the era, died Thursday, a U.S. defense official said. He was 78.

More snow, more frustrations as powerful storm pushes on

A powerful winter storm that whipped its way across the United States this week still had more to give early Friday. Portions of northern Maine face up to 13 more inches of snow, the National Weather Service said.

NRA president: Schools should have choice on how to arm

National Rifle Association President David Keene said Thursday that schools across the country should decide how best to defend students and faculty.

Obama, Senate back in Washington as fiscal cliff deadline looms

Let the endgames begin.

Whale on Queens beach is dead, NOAA says

A 60-foot-long finback whale that washed ashore in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens is dead, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

EPA administrator announces resignation

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will step down after the president's January State of the Union speech, the agency said Thursday.

Newtown official: We're overwhelmed, so please stop mailing us packages

Newtown, Connecticut, has received so many gifts since the December 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary that a local official is kindly asking people to stop sending them. The mail office and workers just can't handle the volume.

Baby recliners recalled after five deaths

Major U.S. stores are recalling a popular baby recliner after reports of five fatalities, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Thursday.