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Happiest states in America, Texas in top half

UNDATED - Ever wondered if you'd be happier in sunny Florida or snow-covered Minnesota? New research on state-level happiness could answer that question.

Irony falls from above, global warming summit covered in snow

COPENHAGEN - World leaders flying into Copenhagen today to discuss a solution to global warming will first face freezing weather as a blizzard dumped 10 centimeters (4 inches) of snow on the Danish capital overnight

Schwarzenegger-Palin square off on climate change

San Francisco – The Sarah Palin-Arnold Schwarzenegger clash over climate change pits two Republican stalwarts in a tiff that brings to the fore the divisions within the GOP on environmental policy and global warming

Roy Disney, nephew of Walt, dies

LOS ANGELES - Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney whose powerful behind-the-scenes influence on The Walt Disney Co. led to the departure of former chief Michael Eisner, has died. He was 79.

Midway student dies from swine flu

MIDWAY - A fourth grade student in Midway ISD has died from reported complications from the swine flu virus. School officials say 9-year-old Nicholas Bolin had not been at school for more than a month. The only other H1N1 related death in the c

Britain gives checks the royal boot

LONDON – After more than three centuries, the humble check is set to become a historic relic after British banks voted to phase it out in favor of more modern payment methods.

Christian group launches new attack on Christmas commercialism

If it's December, then there must be frost in the air, gingerbread in the oven, and ...

Televangelist Oral Roberts dies

TULSA, Okla - Oral Roberts, the evangelist who rose from humble tent revivals to found a multimillion-dollar ministry and a university bearing his name, died Tuesday. He was 91.

50 million blinds recalled by government

WASHINGTON — The government and the window covering industry on Tuesday recalled more than 50 million Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds because of the risk children may be strangled by the cords.

Another cousin for Obama: Warren Buffett

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama, who won political support and has sought advice from investment guru Warren Buffett, may now feel even closer to the world's second richest man.