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Family feud: Boehner takes on GOP critics on right
(AP Photo - J. Scott Applewhite)
By ANDREW TAYLOR
From Associated Press
December 12, 2013 5:45 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of bitter friction within Republican circles, House Speaker John Boehner is lashing out against hard-line conservative and tea party groups — the latest GOP establishment figure to join the increasingly public battle roiling the party.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drivers at one passenger bus company routinely worked more than 800 miles without rest. Maintenance at another company was so shoddy that one bus drove despite glaring evidence of brake problems.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Congress voted Thursday to open the country's moribund state-run oil industry to foreign and domestic investors, casting aside nationalist opposition to approve the most dramatic energy reform in seven decades.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukraine's deputy prime minister said Thursday his financially troubled country will soon sign a trade and cooperation deal with the EU after the bloc promised more aid to the former Soviet republic.
DETROIT (AP) — America's top auto safety regulator is stepping down. David Strickland, who ran the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the past three years, announced his departure on Thursday.
ATLANTA (AP) — It's December, the malls are bustling and "Sale" signs are everywhere. Good time to grab the deals? Not so fast. Savvy shoppers should realize that some items are actually a better deal after the holiday season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.
NEW YORK (AP) — Once upon a time, people who craved a tablet computer bought an iPad. But Apple faces its strongest slate of challengers this holiday season, with several tablets besting the trend-setting iPad on price and features.
LONDON (AP) — A 10th person has died following the crash of a police helicopter into a Glasgow pub, police said Thursday, as a British transport company briefly grounded its helicopters of the type involved in the crash after detecting a technical problem on a recent flight.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan declined to 4.42 percent from 4.46 percent last week.
DETROIT (AP) — New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year got an average of 23.6 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, a record that came mainly through improvements to engines and transmissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.