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Court rules sex-change costs are tax-deductible

WASHINGTON - Costs incurred in sex-change operations and procedures are tax-deductible, the U.S. Tax Court ruled.

Planes take flight regardless of problems

Alerted by a brake warning light in the cockpit, the captain on a U.S. airline flight last August warned passengers he was making an emergency landing and called for firetrucks to be standing by.

Leach-Tech headed to mediation

Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach and the school are headed to mediation Friday in Lubbock, Texas, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Canadian Premier shuns own health care; comes to U.S. for surgery

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams will undergo heart surgery later this week in the United States.

Backdoor taxes to hit middle class

The Obama administration's plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade relies heavily on so-called backdoor tax increases that will result in a bigger tax bill for middle-class families.

CBS Super Bowl ads near $3 million mark

CHICAGO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - CBS Corp (CBS.N) has sold all the advertising spots for the television broadcast of the National Football League's Super Bowl championship game this coming Sunday, the television network s

Dem. senators spent weekend with bank, energy, tobacco lobbyists

Twelve Democratic Senators spent last weekend in Miami Beach raising money from top lobbyists for oil, drug, and other corporate interests that they often decry, according to a guest list for the event obtained by P

Billionaire Branson buys underwater plane

Billionaire Sir Richard Branson may already own an airline, a record label, a mobile phone company, several luxury restaurants and a Caribbean island.

10 Americans arrested in Haiti await charges

PORT-au-PRINCE, HAITI- Ten Americans arrested in Haiti for trying to take 33 children across the border without proper documentation were expected to learn Monday whether they would face criminal charges of child tr

'Iran will deliver telling blow to global powers on Feb. 11', U.S. ups defense

IRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the nation will deliver a harsh blow to the "global arrogance" on this year's anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.