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Economy Briefs

As the first signs of an economic recovery make the news, many of the nation's nonprofit organizations are digging in for another three to four years of financial distress, according to researchers who keep an eye on the charitable world. Published December 18, 2011

** FILE ** Iranian Christians attend Christmas Mass at St. Grigor Armenian Catholic Church in Tehran on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Iran has arrested about 70 Christians since Christmas in a crackdown that demonstrates the limits of religious tolerance by Islamic leaders, who often boast they provide room for other faiths. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

EDITORIAL: Pastor Yousef: Convert or die

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, the Iranian Christian cleric facing death for the crime of apostasy against an Islamic faith he never held, has been given a temporary stay of execution. Iran's top judge, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, instructed presiding Judge Ghazi Kashani to delay carrying out capital punishment for a year in order to give time for Mr. Nadarkhani to recant Christianity and become a Muslim. Published December 16, 2011

Inside Politics

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has little choice but to rely on momentum to carry him to victory in the Iowa caucuses. Published December 15, 2011

A US Marine signs an Iraqi flag on his way to Tikrit in Northern Iraq Monday, April 14, 2003. ( J.M. Eddins Jr. / The Washington Times )

EDITORIAL: Victory in Iraq

A ceremony Thursday in Baghdad marked the final end of the Iraq war. The conflict lasted almost nine years, cost $800 billion, took about 4,500 American lives and wounded 32,000. In the end, it was a success. Published December 15, 2011

Illustration by Donna Grethen

EDITORIAL: Smacking down TSA

Frequent travelers know better than anyone that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needs serious reform. The agency spends $7.7 billion in taxpayer money every year, and it hasn't nabbed a single terrorist. Published December 15, 2011

In this image released by HBO, Steve Buscemi, center, is shown in a scene from the HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire." The show was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best TV drama series. Buscemi was also nominated for best actor in a TV drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)

Tuning in to TV

The Golden Globes admire broadcast network comedies but the respect is absent when it comes to drama. Published December 15, 2011

** FILE ** Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke

EDITORIAL: No move is good move

The Federal Reserve concluded its most recent meeting by voting to do nothing. That's a relief. It's probably the best holiday gift the Fed could have given Americans. Published December 14, 2011

American Scene

One in four women say they were hit hard, kicked or otherwise violently attacked by their intimate partners, according to a government survey released Wednesday that offers startling findings about domestic violence. Published December 14, 2011

The HBO drama "Boardwalk Empire," which stars an ensemble cast featuring Steve Buscemi and Paz de la Huerta, is one of President Obama's favorite TV shows. First lady Michelle Obama and the couple's two daughters, meanwhile, enjoy ABC's "Modern Family." (HBO via Associated Press)

Tuning in to TV

President Obama says he's a fan of two popular cable TV shows: HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and Showtime's "Homeland." Published December 14, 2011

"La Peregrina," an early 16th century pearl, ruby and diamond necklace. a gift from Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor in 1969, sold at an auction this week of Taylor's jewelry for $18.8 million. (Associated Press)

Taking Names: Taylor's jewelry sells for $115M

Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection fetched a record-setting $115 million — including more than $11.8 million for a pearl necklace and more than $8.8 million for a diamond ring given to her by Richard Burton — at an auction of gems and other memorabilia amassed by the late actress. Published December 14, 2011

American Scene

After a yearlong search, police on New York's Long Island said Tuesday they think they have discovered the skeletal remains of a New Jersey prostitute whose disappearance sparked an investigation into a possible serial killing spree. Published December 13, 2011

Sports Briefs

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been suspended for one game without pay for his hit last week on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Published December 13, 2011

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Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats (right) attack an abandoned warship during the start of war games in the Persian Gulf on Thursday. Iran has been holding such maneuvers in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz every year since 2006 to show off its military capabilities. Associated Press could not verify the content, date or location of the image.

EDITORIAL: Close the Strait of Hormuz

Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz. Go ahead, make our day. On Monday, Parviz Sarvari, a member of the Iranian parliament's national security committee, said, "Soon we will hold a military maneuver on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure." Closing the strategically important strait has long been viewed as one of Iran's trump cards in the give-and-take with the United States and the West. Published December 13, 2011

Sports Briefs

The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to terms with free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who played the past eight seasons with the Chicago Cubs, his agent tells The Associated Press. Published December 12, 2011

Illustration: Global warming by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Climate talks, then climate tax

Negotiators rarely find themselves at a loss for words. So it should come as no surprise that United Nations diplomats agreed Sunday to keep chatting. They set for themselves a 2015 deadline for reaching a deal on a new climate treaty. As long as they keep talking and don't actually do anything, the world is spared the cost of a bargain that could reach into the trillions. Published December 12, 2011

This photo released on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and taken at an undisclosed location claims to show the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone that Tehran says its forces downed earlier in the week. The banner in the background depicts an Iranian flag over which the text reads: "God is great," "Down with America," "Down with Israel," "Down with England." (AP Photo/Sepahnews)

EDITORIAL: Drone Wars: The Mullahs Strike Back

The loss of one of America's most sophisticated drone aircraft over Iran is the latest episode in the simmering cold war with Tehran. That the drone was able to be brought down intact raises troubling questions about the vulnerability of the rest of the U.S. drone fleet. Published December 12, 2011

American Scene

Fears that persisting economic woes would increase child abuse in the U.S. have proved unfounded, according to the latest federal data. Published December 12, 2011

American Scene

An Ohio 16-year-old charged with murder in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme says in a letter to his father that he believes God will keep him from a long incarceration. Published December 11, 2011

Economy Briefs

The Harrisburg City Council has appealed a judge's decision to throw out the bankruptcy petition of Pennsylvania's debt-choked capital city, its attorney said. Published December 11, 2011