The collection of teddy bears and soft toys belonging to Paul Greenwood , a hedge-fund manager who pleaded guilty to fraud charges, has sold at auction in London for 1.1 million pounds ($1.75 million.)
The incoming Congress includes a hate-crime victim beaten with a baseball bat, a double amputee, a former homeless man who lived in a park, and a member so poor growing up that she had no running water or electricity.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said bipartisan negotiations are under way in his chamber to avoid mandatory federal spending cuts by using recommendations of a presidential debt-reduction commission as a framework.
Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, who was on Mitt Romney’s short list as a potential vice presidential nominee in 2012, has reversed his long-held position opposing same-sex marriage, he wrote in a column published today in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch.