9:42am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

White House Says Obama Would Veto GOP's 'Plan B' For Avoiding 'Fiscal Cliff'

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 10:22 am

The president would use his pen to just say no, White House promises.
Kristoffer Tripplaar/Pool Getty Images

Making the case that the "Plan B" proposed by House Republicans to keep the federal government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year "does not meet the test of balance," the White House announced this morning that President Obama would veto such legislation if it came to his desk.

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9:36am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Will Sell Off Its General Motors Stock

General Motors is buying back stock from the U.S. government.
Paul Sancya ASSOCIATED PRESS

In a statement early this morning, the Treasury Department says it's going to "exit" its investment in General Motors. The federal government holds just over 500 million shares of GM stock.

The automaker will buy 200 million of those shares, and the government will dispose of the rest "in an orderly fashion" over the next year and a half, depending on market conditions.

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9:19am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Robert Bork, Who Was Turned Down For Supreme Court, Dies

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 12:26 pm

Judge Robert Bork in September 1987, at the Senate hearing on his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Charles Tasnadi AP

Robert Bork, who was at the center of Senate hearings that "marked the modern battle lines over judicial nominations," as NPR's Nina Totenberg has said, is dead, according to The New York Times, Fox News and The Associated Press.

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8:07am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

UPDATE: 'Eagle Snatches Kid' Video Makers Admit Hoax

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:14 pm

Real or not?
YouTube

7:24am

Wed December 19, 2012
Top Stories

Two Million On Tenn. Highways During Holidays

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation is telling employees and contractors to knock off work for Christmas and New Year travel.

There will be no temporary lane closures from 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, through 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer says 2 million drivers are expected to be on Tennessee's roads over the holidays and TDOT wants to minimize delays for them.

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7:20am

Wed December 19, 2012
Sports

Big Win for MT Basketball Ahead of Vanderbilt Game

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. A mid-state basketball rivalry turned into a route Tuesday night as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders beat the Tennessee State Tigers 77 - 48 at Murphy Center.

Raymond Cintron led the Blue Raiders with 15 points, tying a career-high.  MTSU's Marcos Knight, Neiko Hunter, and Shawn Jones also scored in double digits.

The MT men play one of the season’s most anticipated games Friday night when they meet Vanderbilt at Bridgestone Arena. Tipoff in Nashville is set for 8 p.m. with the game being televised on ESPNU.

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7:20am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Newtown Shootings: Funerals Continue; Biden To Lead Task Force

Candles with the names of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, at a makeshift memorial near the entrance to the grounds of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Some of today's headlines and news about the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last Friday. Twenty children and six adults were killed by the gunman who attacked Sandy Hook Elementary:

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7:12am

Wed December 19, 2012
Top Stories

Education Dept. Planning Tenn. School Safety Summit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education is planning a statewide School Safety Summit next month.

Department spokeswoman Kelli Gauthier says the meeting is a result of concerns following the deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut last week. Twenty children and six adults were slain by a gunman packing a high-powered rifle.

Gauthier says the summit will gather hundreds of district and community leaders from across Tennessee to discuss how to ensure the proper training and implementation of safety measures in schools.

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7:02am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

President Obama Is 'Time' Magazine's 'Person Of The Year'

Spencer Platt Getty Images

Writing that "after four of the most challenging years in the nation's history, his chance to leave office as a great president who was able to face crises and build a new majority coalition remains within reach," Time magazine has named President Obama its "person of the year."

The others on Time's "short list" were:

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6:48am

Wed December 19, 2012
Asia

Gunmen In Pakistan Target Polio Vaccinators

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 4:44 am

Rukhsana Bibi (center) mourns for her daughter, polio worker Madiha Bibi, killed by unknown gunmen, at a local hospital in Karachi on Tuesday. Gunmen staged additional attacks Wednesday.
Fareed Khan AP

Pakistani gunmen staged new attacks Wednesday on health workers carrying out a nationwide polio vaccination program. Six workers were killed Tuesday as they went house to house to administer the immunizations to area children in Karachi and the northwest city of Peshawar.

Although there were additional attacks, the Pakistani government vowed to continue the vaccination campaign — and eradicate the disease — even if there is bloodshed.

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