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Senate leaders offer dour take on 'cliff' talks
By ANDREW TAYLOR
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has asked Vice President Joe Biden to become involved in a last-minute effort to avert tax increases on virtually every worker. Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid acknowledged McConnell had made an offer last night but said "at this point we are unable to make a counter-offer."
The public exchange between the top negotiators on averting the so-called fiscal cliff injected a note of pessimism little more than 24 hours before taxes are set to go up.
Democrats said the Republican proposal called for changing the formula for calculating Social Security benefits increases.
McConnell said there is no single issue blocking an agreement but that "the sticking point appears to be a willingness, an interest, or courage to close the deal."
Posted: Sunday, December 30 2012, 03:35 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Lincoln `comfort' dog headed to Oklahoma
May 22, 2013 16:45 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A Lincoln "comfort" dog that has been to several national tragedy sites this year is now in Oklahoma to help victims cope with the devastation caused by a massive tornado.
Lincoln television station KOLN-TV reports (http://bit.ly/11aPCT0) that Moses has been sent to comfort those affected by the Boston bombings, a West Texas explosion and school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
Moses is part of Lutheran Church Charities National K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.
Pastor Glen Keylon says Moses provides a lot of relief to people -- especially children -- when they are able to pet him during a tough time.
The massive tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., on Monday killed 24 -- including 10 children -- and injured more than 200.
Information from: KOLN-TV, http://www.kolnkgin.com
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