Major news items in leading U.S. newspapers
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- The following are major news items in leading U.S. newspapers on Friday.

Washington Post

-- Congress approved the most significant tax bill in nearly a decade late Thursday, overcoming liberal resistance to continue for two more years tax breaks enacted under president George W. Bush and to provide a fresh boost of federal support to the tepid economic recovery.

New York Times

-- The Obama administration plans to further step up attacks on Al Qaeda and Taliban insurgents in the tribal areas of Pakistan, to address one of the fundamental weaknesses uncovered in its year-end review of its Afghanistan War strategy.

Wall Street Journal

-- In their most significant move yet in a sweeping insider-trading investigation, federal prosecutors charged four corporate managers with peddling financial details about prominent technology companies and with leaking secrets about popular consumer products such as Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone in exchanges for cash.

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  • US lawmakers may vote on Armenian genocide measure Dec 18, 2021 06:06 AM

    • WASHINGTON - The House may vote next week on a measure that could damage U.S. relations with critical ally Turkey: a resolution declaring the World War I-era killings of Armenians a genocide.
    • House Democratic leaders had long set aside consideration of the draft resolution, and the measure was expected to expire as a new Republican-led House takes office next month.
    • House aides, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment, said Friday that Democratic leaders have been discussing a possible vote with lawmakers.
      • Senate nears repeal of military's curbs on gays Dec 18, 2021 06:06 AM

        • WASHINGTON - Congress is close to ending the ban on gays serving openly in the military, with the Senate ready for a landmark vote that could deliver a major victory to the gay community, liberals and President Barack Obama.
        • Senators planned a procedural vote Saturday on a bill ending the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy as lawmakers held an unusual weekend session in their race to finish the year's legislative business.
        • If at least 60 senators vote to advance the bill as expected, the repeal, which passed the House this week, could win final passage by late afternoon.
          • Paris Vogue editor to leave after 10-year tenure Dec 18, 2021 06:06 AM

            • PARIS - Paris Vogue says its editor-in-chief, Carine Roitfeld, has decided to leave after a 10-year tenure in which the French fashion monthly became "a worldwide reference and indispensable magazine."
            • The magazine says on its Web site that Roitfeld's years as the top editor were marked by "constant growth" both in terms of circulation and advertising.
            • Xavier Romatet, the head of Conde Nast France, the French arm of the U.S. publishing house, said he "of course" regrets Roitfeld's decision to leave "even if I understand it."
              • Mexico outraged by killing of anti-crime crusader Dec 18, 2021 06:06 AM

                • CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Anger over Mexico's creaky, inefficient justice system boiled over after a mother who waged a two-year battle to bring her daughter's killer to justice was herself shot to death, possibly by the same man suspected of murdering the teenager.
                • Escobedo was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she died within minutes.
                • On Friday, a group of demonstrators gathered outside the Interior Department in Mexico City to protest the killing, briefly scuffling with police while chanting "Not one more death!"
                  • Congress rushes to finish bills before holidays Dec 18, 2021 06:06 AM

                    • WASHINGTON - Rushing to finish by Christmas, congressional Democrats worked Friday to secure Senate ratification of a new arms control treaty and to end the military's ban on openly gay service members as they neared the end of two tumultuous years of single-party government.
                    • Legislation to keep the federal government running until mid- to late February was also on the agenda, a matter for negotiations with emboldened Republicans who will take control of the House and add to their numbers in the Senate come January.
                    • He was looking for several more on his wish list - the arms control treaty and repeal of the military gay ban - to close out a politically tough year.

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