1:15pm

Mon January 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Iowa Democrats Caucus Too; For Obama Team, It's Practice For November

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 1:17 pm

The focus is naturally on the Republican caucuses Tuesday night in Iowa, because the GOP is the party with a battle going on for its presidential nomination.

But President Obama's fellow Democrats in the state will be caucusing too. And by all accounts Team Obama is taking it all very seriously, even though he doesn't have a intra-party challenger.

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12:15pm

Mon January 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Fencer Who Was Darth Vader In Famous Light Saber Scenes Has Died

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 12:24 pm

PRNewsFoto/THQ Wireless

11:05am

Mon January 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Ranger Killed In Rainier Park Was 'Living Her Dream'

"Slain Ranger Was Living Her Dream."

That's the headline at the website of The Seattle Times, which profiles 34-year-old Margaret Anderson, who was shot to death Sunday in Mount Rainier National Park.

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10:58am

Mon January 2, 2012
It's All Politics

In Final Iowa Push, Once-Sunny Gingrich Says Romney 'Will Lie To You'

The Newt Gingrich campaign bus is rolling again Monday morning, leaving Waterloo, where the candidate spent the night and heading straight east to the small town of Independence. The venue? Heartland Acres Agribition Center, a modest-size exhibition hall for small, regional agribusiness conferences with a lot of interesting old farm implements on display, and a shop with some pretty cool toy tractors.

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10:15am

Mon January 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Bachmann Casts Herself As Thatcher-Style 'Iron Lady' In Last Iowa Ad

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in Pella, Iowa, on Nov. 1, 2011.
Steve Pope Getty Images

9:30am

Mon January 2, 2012
It's All Politics

'Lonely' Jon Huntsman Won't Be Solo In N.H. Much Longer

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 10:11 am

GOP hopeful Jon Huntsman in Milford, N.H., on Dec. 8.
Cheryl Senter AP

Plug the name "Jon Huntsman," the state "New Hampshire" and the word "lonely" into a search field and you'll get lots of hits.

"In New Hampshire, Jon Huntsman Walks A Lonely Path," a Los Angeles Times headline reads.

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9:21am

Mon January 2, 2012
Business and the Economy

Factory Builds Energy Efficient Houses

Dennis Reynolds' new house isn't just a place to live. It's an experiment. The 1,000-square-foot modular home is one of two prototype structures built during the past year in a project to develop highly energy-efficient, relatively low-cost houses that may be built at southern Kentucky factories that ordinarily produce houseboats. Those factories have been hit hard by the recession. Several have closed, and employment is down significantly from before the economic downturn.

9:18am

Mon January 2, 2012
Education

Time to Apply for College Aid

For many students, choosing and applying to colleges often comes down to dollars and cents. How to pay for college often is one of the first things students begin to contemplate when the college application process begins. One of the main components in seeking aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application for 2012-13 funding became available Sunday and can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. That’s the best way to determine a family’s financial situation when it comes to paying for college, and what other means they need to find, said Michael Barlow, the financial aid director at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Barlow encourages students to complete the document by the end of January, because one fund, the College Access Program, typically is depleted by mid-February.

8:30am

Mon January 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Los Angeles Fires: 2 Men Charged In More Than 50 Blazes

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 3:13 pm

People inspect the damage following an overnight fire in Hollywood on Friday (Dec. 30, 2011).
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images
(The top of this post was rewritten at 3:15 p.m. ET.)

Authorities in Los Angeles just announced they've made two arrests in connection with the more than 50 fires that had been set in the city in recent days, causing several million dollars worth of damage but no serious injuries.

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8:00am

Mon January 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Iran Test-Fires Missile, Claims To Have Made Nuclear Fuel Rod

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 8:02 am

An Iranian Army soldier stood guard on a military speed boat during navy exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran late last week.
Ali Mohammadi AFP/Getty Images

As often happens with issues related to Iran's relations with the rest of the world, there's a mix of saber-rattling and diplomacy in the news again today:

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