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States Might Light Up Tobacco Taxes

New report by coalition of public health organizations says states could raise $9B by increasing taxes by $1 a pack

British PM Denies Claims He was Abusive to Staff

Gordon Brown has denied ever hitting anyone amid claims in a new book that he was abusive to members of his staff.

FBI Investigating Pa. School Webcam Spying Allegations

A Pennsylvania school district accused of secretly switching on laptop computer webcams inside students' homes is under investigation by federal authorities, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press.

Indiana College Lifts Century-Old Ban on National Anthem

An Indiana Christian college rooted in Mennonite traditions is lifting a century-old ban so the national anthem can be played at sporting events.

GOP Wary of Health Summit

Some Republicans fear next week's televised health care showdown with Obama could be a partisan 'trap'

Presidential Adviser Alexander Haig Dies

Former secretary of state who served three presidents and ran for the office himself dies at 85 in Baltimore• VIDEO: Remembering Alexander Haig

Petraeus: Progress, Finally

Top U.S. commander says that after more than eight years in Afghanistan, U.S. is getting resources for success• Dutch Gov't Collapses Over Differences on Afghanistan

Hamas: Dead Agent Shouldn't Have Booked Trip Online

A Hamas legislator says a member of the Islamic militant movement assassinated during a visit to Dubai put himself at risk by booking his trip through the Internet.

Turning Point Reached in War Against Taliban, Officials Say

Western officials believe that a turning point has been reached in the war against the Taliban, with a series of breakthroughs suggesting that the insurgents are on the back foot for the first time since their resurgence four years ago.

Dutch Gov't Collapses Over Differences on Afghanistan

The Dutch coalition government collapsed Saturday over irreconcilable differences on whether to extend the Netherlands' military mission in Afghanistan.