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Fiscal cliff: Next president's first big problem to solve

No matter who wins the election on Tuesday, the next president will have to immediately stare down the country's largest, most pressing domestic problem: the fiscal cliff.

Controversial halftime show at Texas HS game stirs debate

A Texas high school is facing intense criticism after a halftime show in which a person dressed like Mitt Romney was punched in the face by someone depicting Big Bird.

New York faces 'massive housing problem' after Sandy, governor says

Kevin Cordova's family tried cooking hot food to stay warm. They wore their winter coats inside and buried themselves under blankets.

Obama, Romney make a mad dash in a final bid for votes

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will spend the final hours of the campaign making a mad dash through battleground states on Monday in a late push to sway a closely divided electorate ahead of Tuesday's election.

U.S. gas prices see sharpest dip since 2008

An ongoing skid in crude oil markets and the impact of Superstorm Sandy helped drive U.S. gasoline prices down nearly 21 cents a gallon in late October, the latest Lundberg Survey found.

Deadbeat parents cost taxpayers $53 billion

Over $100 billion is owed in unpaid child support -- nearly half of that to taxpayers supporting children on public assistance.

Automobile Magazine names Tesla Model S 'Car of the Year'

Automobile Magazine has named the Tesla Model S its "Car of the Year," citing the car's design and impressive speed.

Ex-Penn State officials accused of 'conspiracy of silence'

Three former Penn State University officials -- including ex-President Graham Spanier -- have been charged with conspiring to cover up years of sexual abuse against children by former football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandy-hit areas sputter back to life amid destruction, heartache

At every turn, there are signs that storm-ravaged cities along the East Coast are sputtering back to life despite numerous challenges.

Fewer fans line up for iPad Mini

The iPad Mini made its global sales debut in several Asian markets Friday, but the lines of fans were much smaller than previous Apple debuts.