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  • Sat Aug 15 14:20:43 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    Elder Bush proud of son's presidency

    Former President George H.W. Bush says he's proud of how his son held to his principles during his presidency and kept the U.S. safe after the 2001 terror attacks.

  • Sat Aug 15 14:23:32 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    Bush celebrates 85th birthday by skydiving over Maine

    Former President George H.W. Bush marked his 85th birthday the same way he did his 75th and 80th birthdays: He leaped from a plane and parachuted to a spot near his home. |

  • Sat Aug 15 14:17:39 PDT 2009 by By Dave Fehling / 11 News

    Are diesel bombs riding on our roads?

    Ask any driver of any tankers and they'll tell you the risk of a catastrophic explosion is very real.

  • Thu Oct 08 14:54:00 PDT 2009 by KHOU.com staff

    Bayou City Art Festival turns downtown Houston into outdoor gallery

    Downtown Houston will turn into an outdoor art gallery this weekend with the return of the Bayou City Art Festival.

  • Mon Sep 27 15:39:36 PDT 2010 by khou.com staff

    Voter helpline: Get answers to your election questions tonight

    With Election Day 2010 rapidly approaching, 11 News wants to help answer voters’ questions about casting their ballot.

  • Sat Aug 15 14:19:31 PDT 2009 by HLSR.com

    Rodeo lingo 101

    With Election Day 2010 rapidly approaching, 11 News wants to help answer voters’ questions about casting their ballot.

  • Tue Sep 15 14:09:13 PDT 2009 by Michelle Homer

    Judge appoints public defender for Stanford

    A federal judge has appointed a public defender to represent jailed Texas billionaire financier R. Allen Stanford.

  • Mon Oct 05 15:15:00 PDT 2009 by Michelle Homer

    Food, medicine rushed to Samoa tsunami victims

    Disaster officials rushed food, medicine and a temporary morgue to the Samoas on Wednesday after a powerful earthquake unleashed a tsunami that flattened villages and swept cars and people out to sea.

  • Wed Sep 30 11:08:24 PDT 2009 by

    Erin's testimonial for MCA Dermatology

    Disaster officials rushed food, medicine and a temporary morgue to the Samoas on Wednesday after a powerful earthquake unleashed a tsunami that flattened villages and swept cars and people out to sea.

  • Wed Sep 30 11:29:10 PDT 2009 by

    Leslie's testimonial for MCA Dermatology

    Disaster officials rushed food, medicine and a temporary morgue to the Samoas on Wednesday after a powerful earthquake unleashed a tsunami that flattened villages and swept cars and people out to sea.

  • Wed Sep 30 11:32:29 PDT 2009 by

    Sherry's testimonial for MCA Dermatology

    Disaster officials rushed food, medicine and a temporary morgue to the Samoas on Wednesday after a powerful earthquake unleashed a tsunami that flattened villages and swept cars and people out to sea.

  • Wed Sep 30 12:01:12 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    Family of Americans killed in Air France crash file lawsuit in Houston

    The families of the two Americans killed in the crash of an Air France flight off the South American coast in June have filed a lawsuit in a Houston federal court.

  • Mon Oct 05 18:42:28 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    Texans: No more confirmed swine flu cases

    Only one of three Houston Texans who were ill this weekend was suffering from flu-like symptoms, and the team doctor didn’t call it swine flu.

  • Mon Oct 05 18:53:28 PDT 2009 by Michelle Homer

    Young visitors no longer welcome at Texas Children's Hospital

    Texas Children’s Hospital officials announced a change in their visitor policy effective immediately.

  • Wed Oct 07 09:52:40 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    NASA telescope discovers giant ring around Saturn

    The Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered the biggest but never-before-seen ring around the planet Saturn, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced late Tuesday.

  • Wed Oct 07 09:52:45 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    Ex-astronaut wants pepper spray charge tossed

    Lawyers for a former astronaut accused of driving 1,000 miles to confront a romantic rival are asking a judge to toss one of three criminal charges she faces.

  • Wed Oct 07 14:03:44 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    Tropical Storm Henri weakening in the Atlantic

    Forecasters say Tropical Storm Henri continues to weaken in the Atlantic Ocean and is likely to be done by Thursday.

  • Wed Oct 07 14:56:10 PDT 2009 by Michelle Homer

    DPS Sex offender database

    Forecasters say Tropical Storm Henri continues to weaken in the Atlantic Ocean and is likely to be done by Thursday.

  • Thu Oct 08 07:11:59 PDT 2009 by

    Gov. Pawlenty headlining Iowa GOP event next month

    NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will travel to the Iowa next month to headline a state Republican gathering.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:10:44 PDT 2009 by

    Hutchison says political contributions too large

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who has received huge contributions in her race for governor, is now calling for limits on the size of campaign donations in Texas, where enormous cash gifts are commonplace.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:10:45 PDT 2009 by

    Clinton lends shine to lusterless Calif. campaign

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — With his campaign for governor off to a sluggish start, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom enlisted former President Bill Clinton on Monday to help him raise political funds and the visibility of his candidacy.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:09 PDT 2009 by

    CBO: Budget deficit hit record $1.4T in 2009

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional analysts say the federal budget deficit tripled to a record $1.4 trillion for the 2009 fiscal year that ended last week.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:16 PDT 2009 by

    Authorities: Ohio deputy lied about cancer

    MARION, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff's deputy who committed suicide last week pretended for years that he had cancer while scamming his family and colleagues out of thousands of dollars in charitable donations to pay for phony medical bills, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Thu Oct 08 09:06:26 PDT 2009 by

    With Senate panel vote looming, feud continues

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat on Thursday accused Republicans of a strategy of "distortion, distractions and deception" on health care as he announced a pivotal committee will vote next week on a comprehensive bill. Republicans said the legislation still costs too much and expands the reach of government.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:21 PDT 2009 by

    A look at health care plans in Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care legislation is taking shape in the House and Senate as President Barack Obama pushes to overhaul the system to cover millions of uninsured Americans and contain rising costs. Details are still being negotiated and any final health care bill would have to meld proposals from the House and Senate. A look at various proposals:

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:22 PDT 2009 by

    A look at health care plans in Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care legislation is taking shape in the House and Senate as President Barack Obama pushes to overhaul the system to cover millions of uninsured Americans and contain rising costs. Details are still being negotiated and any final health care bill would have to meld proposals from the House and Senate. A look at various proposals:

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:38 PDT 2009 by

    Canadian at Gitmo accepts 2 lead civilian lawyers

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Canadian detainee charged with war crimes fired his military lawyer Wednesday and was given two new civilian attorneys during a court proceeding at Guantanamo Bay, a U.S. spokesman said.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:51 PDT 2009 by

    Pakistan's military concerned over US aid bill

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's powerful military on Wednesday rejected U.S. attempts to link billions of dollars in foreign aid to increased monitoring of its anti-terror efforts, complicating American attempts to strike al-Qaida and Taliban fighters on the Afghan border.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:52 PDT 2009 by

    Top court overturns Italian premier's immunity

    ROME (AP) — Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi vowed to stay on and "go forward" Wednesday after an Italian court struck down a law granting him immunity from prosecution and allowed trials for corruption and tax fraud to resume in Milan. There were immediate calls for his resignation.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:52 PDT 2009 by

    Disappearance of Iranian scientist creates mystery

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The disappearance of an Iranian nuclear scientist on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June is raising questions about whether he defected and gave the West information on Iran's nuclear program.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:53 PDT 2009 by

    Taliban say they're no threat to other countries

    KABUL (AP) — Afghanistan's insurgent Taliban marked the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion Wednesday saying they have no "agenda" to harm other countries but would continue fighting as long as America and its allies remain in the troubled nation.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:54 PDT 2009 by

    US: Insurgents breached base during Afghan battle

    KABUL (AP) — Insurgents fought their way inside an American base in Afghanistan last weekend in a rare security breach before they were driven back under heavy fire during the deadliest battle for U.S. troops in more than a year, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:54 PDT 2009 by

    Saudi gets 5 years in jail for frank TV sex talk

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Saudi court on Wednesday convicted a man for publicly talking about sex after he bragged on a TV talk show about his exploits, sentencing him to five years in jail and 1,000 lashes, his lawyer said.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:55 PDT 2009 by

    Diplomats urge return of ousted Honduran president

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Diplomats from around the hemisphere flew into Honduras on Wednesday and told the coup-imposed government to reinstate President Manuel Zelaya and restore democracy to the impoverished Central American country.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:55 PDT 2009 by

    Irish Catholic bishops meet child-abuse victims

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's senior Roman Catholic bishops on Wednesday met leading campaigners for thousands of children assaulted, terrorized or molested while in church care — but didn't address the victims' key demand for the church to admit its responsibility for overseeing decades of abuse.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:56 PDT 2009 by

    Abbas faces more anger over UN war crimes report

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — In five turbulent years in office, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has never faced as much outrage as over his decision to suspend efforts to get Israeli officials put on trial for war crimes in Gaza.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:56 PDT 2009 by

    Hundreds rally in Moscow in Politkovskaya's memory

    MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of people urged Russian authorities to find and punish the killers of journalists and human rights activists in Russia, rallying Wednesday to mark the third anniversary of the killing of Anna Politkovskaya.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:11:59 PDT 2009 by

    Disappearance of Iranian scientist creates mystery

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The disappearance of an Iranian nuclear scientist on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June is raising questions about whether he defected and gave the West information on Iran's nuclear program.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:14:27 PDT 2009 by

    SEC seeks jury to hear Bank of America dispute

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked for a jury to hear any triable issues related to its lawsuit against Bank of America Corp.

  • Wed Oct 07 15:14:28 PDT 2009 by

    Gold touches fresh high even as dollar rises

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gold prices have extended their rally, climbing to fresh highs even as the dollar recoups some of its losses.

  • Wed Oct 07 16:02:53 PDT 2009 by

    Bill increases funds for food stamps, nutrition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nutrition, food stamp and dairy aid programs were among the winners as the House on Wednesday approved a $121 billion agriculture spending bill for the 2010 budget year.

  • Wed Oct 07 18:04:37 PDT 2009 by

    Changing focus leads Dell to close NC plant

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A massive Dell Inc. computer assembly plant once seen as a job generator worthy of the promise of more than $300 million in state and local inducements will go dark in four months, a victim of new corporate calculations and changing customer tastes.

  • Wed Oct 07 18:04:34 PDT 2009 by

    Lawmaker: Cost of new presidential copter tripled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal Navy document shows new plans to replace the president's fleet of helicopters will cost taxpayers more and take years longer to deliver than a recently scrapped contract, a New York Democrat said Wednesday.

  • Wed Oct 07 16:03:27 PDT 2009 by Ron Trevino / 11 news

    New rules for street vendors

    Street vendors now have new rules to follow in Houston after city council members say they've received a growing number of complaints.

  • Thu Oct 08 05:20:28 PDT 2009 by

    Health bill would cost $829B, help cover 94 pct

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief after a positive cost report on health care overhaul gave them a chance to rally around a Senate plan that significantly expands coverage while trimming the federal deficit.

  • Wed Oct 07 16:40:12 PDT 2009 by

    Father of Palin's grandson to pose for Playgirl

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Levi Johnston is going for the ultimate exposure — his bare body.

  • Wed Oct 07 16:40:13 PDT 2009 by

    Calif. senator plans hearing on toxic school water

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. Senate environment committee plans to hold hearings to address the widespread problem of toxic drinking water in the nation's schools.

  • Wed Oct 07 16:40:13 PDT 2009 by

    Strong earthquake hits near Philippines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong earthquake struck south of the Philippines on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

  • Wed Oct 07 16:40:14 PDT 2009 by

    Authorities: Ohio deputy lied about cancer

    MARION, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff's deputy who committed suicide last week pretended for years that he had cancer while scamming his family and colleagues out of thousands of dollars in charitable donations to pay for phony medical bills, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Thu Oct 08 08:42:37 PDT 2009 by

    New quakes, small tsunami panic Pacific islanders

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of panicked South Pacific islanders raced away from coastlines after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the region and generated a small tsunami Thursday, just over a week after a massive wave killed 178 people in the Samoas and Tonga.

  • Thu Oct 08 03:20:27 PDT 2009 by

    Pakistan's military rejects US aid bill

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's powerful military rejected U.S. attempts to link billions of dollars in foreign aid to increased monitoring of its anti-terror efforts, complicating American attempts to strike al-Qaida and Taliban fighters on the Afghan border.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:41:52 PDT 2009 by

    Berlusconi to defend himself on TV, in courtrooms

    ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday he will go on TV and appear in courtrooms to prove that corruption and tax fraud charges in two trials against him are false.

  • Thu Oct 08 03:20:28 PDT 2009 by

    Disappearance of Iranian scientist creates mystery

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The disappearance of an Iranian nuclear scientist on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June is raising questions about whether he defected and gave the West information on Iran's nuclear program.

  • Wed Oct 07 22:40:29 PDT 2009 by

    Explosion hits Afghan capital

    KABUL (AP) — A large blast has sounded in the center of Afghanistan's capital. Associated Press reporters heard the explosion and saw a plume of smoke rising from a site in downtown Kabul.

  • Thu Oct 08 00:40:20 PDT 2009 by

    US: Insurgents breached base during Afghan battle

    KABUL (AP) — Insurgents fought their way inside an American base in Afghanistan last weekend in a rare security breach before they were driven back under heavy fire during the deadliest battle for U.S. troops in more than a year, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

  • Thu Oct 08 00:40:21 PDT 2009 by

    Saudi gets 5 years in jail for frank TV sex talk

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Saudi court on Wednesday convicted a man for publicly talking about sex after he bragged on a TV talk show about his exploits, sentencing him to five years in jail and 1,000 lashes, his lawyer said.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:41:56 PDT 2009 by

    Interim Honduran leader resists diplomats' pleas

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' coup-installed leader is resisting calls by diplomats from across the hemisphere to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya, at one point angrily telling the visitors they "don't know the truth or don't want to know it."

  • Thu Oct 08 00:40:22 PDT 2009 by

    Irish Catholic bishops meet child-abuse victims

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's senior Roman Catholic bishops on Wednesday met leading campaigners for thousands of children assaulted, terrorized or molested while in church care — but didn't address the victims' key demand for the church to admit its responsibility for overseeing decades of abuse.

  • Wed Oct 07 22:40:33 PDT 2009 by

    Abbas faces more anger over UN war crimes report

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — In five turbulent years in office, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has never faced as much outrage as over his decision to suspend efforts to get Israeli officials put on trial for war crimes in Gaza.

  • Wed Oct 07 16:43:24 PDT 2009 by Rosa Flores / 11 News

    Insurance policy fine print leaves homeowners surprised

    Hurricane Ike was bad enough, but some homeowners soon discovered they had been set up for a second blow.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:05:35 PDT 2009 by

    Justice Dept. probing IBM computer market conduct

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is looking into allegations that IBM has abused its monopoly in the mainframe computer business to keep competitors out of the market.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:05:43 PDT 2009 by

    Feds: No ban on air shipments of lithium batteries

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have turned down a request by a pilots union to ban air shipments of lithium batteries despite three new incidents in which battery shipments caught fire.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:05:43 PDT 2009 by

    Bill increases funds for food stamps, nutrition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nutrition, food stamp and dairy aid programs were among the winners as the House on Wednesday approved a $121 billion agriculture spending bill for the 2010 budget year.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:05:45 PDT 2009 by

    Changing focus leads Dell to close NC plant

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A massive Dell Inc. computer assembly plant once seen as a job generator worthy of the promise of more than $300 million in state and local inducements will go dark in four months, a victim of new corporate calculations and changing customer tastes.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:07:32 PDT 2009 by khou.com staff

    Sugar Land company laying off 500 workers

    The Fluor Corporation says it will let go approximately 500 workers between now and Christmas.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:14:25 PDT 2009 by khou.com staff

    Former school official accused of trading grades for cash

    A former school official accused of trading grades for cash is on trial.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:20:12 PDT 2009 by

    Jury gets case of California mom accused of murder

    VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Jurors have begun determining the fate of a California mother accused of abandoning three of her newborn babies.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:20:42 PDT 2009 by

    Accuser testifies in Ohio doctor's sex-crime trial

    HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A man who claims a southwest Ohio pediatrician molested him as a teenager testified Wednesday that the doctor gave him prescription drugs and payments of up to $15,000 in exchange for keeping the sex abuse quiet.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:20:42 PDT 2009 by

    Accuser testifies in Ohio doctor's sex-crime trial

    HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A man who claims a southwest Ohio pediatrician molested him as a teenager testified Wednesday that the doctor gave him prescription drugs and payments of up to $15,000 in exchange for keeping the sex abuse quiet.

  • Wed Oct 07 17:20:43 PDT 2009 by

    Feds: No ban on air shipments of lithium batteries

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have turned down a request by a pilots union to ban air shipments of lithium batteries despite three new incidents in which battery shipments caught fire.

  • Wed Oct 07 20:04:54 PDT 2009 by

    Lawmaker: Cost of new presidential copter tripled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal Navy document shows new plans to replace the president's fleet of helicopters will cost taxpayers more and take years longer to deliver than a recently scrapped contract, a New York Democrat said Wednesday.

  • Wed Oct 07 18:04:37 PDT 2009 by

    Congress to consider water bill for Calif. farmers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from California have introduced legislation intended to increase the flow of water to the state's parched San Joaquin Valley, where farmers have idled thousands of acres.

  • Wed Oct 07 18:15:53 PDT 2009 by

    Dole bucks GOP advice, says health reform needed

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole says a top GOP leader asked him not to publicly support health care reform. But he's doing so anyway.

  • Wed Oct 07 18:15:57 PDT 2009 by

    Pot legalization gains momentum in California

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marijuana advocates are gathering signatures to get as many as three pot-legalization measures on the ballot in 2010 in California, setting up what could be a groundbreaking clash with the federal government over U.S. drug policy.

  • Wed Oct 07 18:15:58 PDT 2009 by

    APNewsBreak: SC gov's driver pulled for speeding

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An official says the Highway Patrol stopped embattled South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's car for speeding this week but the trooper let the politician's protective detail driver go without a ticket.

  • Wed Oct 07 23:42:55 PDT 2009 by

    LA mother: Daughter stabbed to death in Ecuador

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles mother is pushing for an investigation into the killing of her daughter in Ecuador.

  • Wed Oct 07 18:16:19 PDT 2009 by

    Tsunami Warning Center says readings indicate tsunami formed after 3 quakes near Vanuatu

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tsunami Warning Center says readings indicate tsunami formed after 3 quakes near Vanuatu.

  • Wed Oct 07 18:39:59 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    Ex-astronaut’s attorneys get to depose accuser

    Attorneys for a former astronaut will get another chance to question a romantic rival she allegedly drove 1,000 miles to confront. Lisa Nowak is accused of attacking Colleen Shipman in a Florida airport parking lot two years ago.

  • Thu Oct 08 05:20:27 PDT 2009 by

    Son of slain centenarian says mom was active

    DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The only son of a 100-year-old woman whose death last month in a Dartmouth nursing home has been ruled a homicide says his mother was still active and loved shopping.

  • Wed Oct 07 20:41:00 PDT 2009 by

    100-year-old woman strangled in Mass. nursing home

    BOSTON (AP) — A 100-year-old woman who was found dead last month in a Massachusetts nursing home had been strangled.

  • Wed Oct 07 20:41:15 PDT 2009 by

    Powerful typhoon slams into Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon slammed into Japan on Thursday, damaging buildings and roads, halting train service and canceling hundreds of flights as it swept across the country. One man died and dozens were reported injured.

  • Wed Oct 07 18:53:15 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    Texas police investigating double murder-suicide

    Authorities are investigating the gunshot deaths of three members of a family who police said died in a double murder-suicide.

  • Wed Oct 07 18:56:37 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    Woman accused in Tenn. baby grab staying in jail

    An Alabama woman accused of snatching a newborn from his Tennessee home will remain in federal custody while authorities Wednesday investigate whether she was the only person involved.

  • Wed Oct 07 19:00:26 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    State takes steps to end Trans-Texas Corridor

    The Texas Department of Transportation is closing the books on the unpopular “Trans-Texas Corridor” project, which has already cost the state millions of dollars to gather up plans, hold public meetings and conduct environmental studies.

  • Wed Oct 07 19:04:41 PDT 2009 by Assoicated Press

    Forensics commissioners urged Perry to keep chairman

    Some members of a forensics commission investigating whether Texas executed an innocent man wrote to Gov. Rick Perry urging him not to replace the panel’s chairman—advice the governor overruled.

  • Wed Oct 07 20:04:52 PDT 2009 by

    Lawmaker: Cost of new presidential copter tripled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal Navy document shows new plans to replace the president's fleet of helicopters will cost taxpayers more and take years longer to deliver than a recently scrapped contract, a New York Democrat said Wednesday.

  • Wed Oct 07 19:05:10 PDT 2009 by

    Developers face costs for saving frog in Calif.

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials estimate that measures needed to protect the California red-legged frog will cost developers up to $507 million over the next two decades.

  • Thu Oct 08 15:11:45 PDT 2009 by

    Father of Palin's grandson to pose for Playgirl

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Levi Johnston is going for the ultimate exposure — the 19-year-old father of Sarah Palin's grandchild will pose nude for Playgirl, his attorney said Wednesday.

  • Thu Oct 08 15:11:46 PDT 2009 by

    Father of Palin's grandson to pose for Playgirl

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Levi Johnston is going for the ultimate exposure — the 19-year-old father of Sarah Palin's grandchild will pose nude for Playgirl, his attorney said Wednesday.

  • Wed Oct 07 19:09:19 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    Montoya surprise so far of Chase

    For 26 races, Juan Pablo Montoya and his crew chief worked solely on making the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

  • Wed Oct 07 19:12:42 PDT 2009 by Associated Press

    Ex-Astros pitcher dies at 35

    A sheriff’s official in Georgia says that former Houston Astros pitcher Brian Powell has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 35.

  • Wed Oct 07 21:40:55 PDT 2009 by

    Pot legalization gains momentum in California

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marijuana advocates are gathering signatures to get as many as three pot-legalization measures on the ballot in 2010 in California, setting up what could be a groundbreaking clash with the federal government over U.S. drug policy.

  • Wed Oct 07 21:40:56 PDT 2009 by

    100-year-old woman strangled in US nursing home

    BOSTON (AP) — A 100-year-old woman who was found dead last month in a Massachusetts nursing home had been strangled.

  • Wed Oct 07 19:16:13 PDT 2009 by

    AP NewsAlert

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tsunami Warning Center says readings indicate tsunami formed after 3 quakes near Vanuatu.

  • Wed Oct 07 19:23:31 PDT 2009 by khou.com staff

    Lingerie football league to kickoff in Houston

    LFL, Friday Night Football features some of the America's most beautiful and athletic women playing 7-on-7 full-contact tackle football.

  • Wed Oct 07 19:41:46 PDT 2009 by

    Kiss

    Kiss performs at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, during their tour, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Wed Oct 07 19:41:51 PDT 2009 by

    Manuel Zelaya, Jose Miguel Insulza

    Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya, center, and Jose Miguel Insulza, left, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, OAS, laugh during a meeting with diplomats inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009. Diplomats from throughout the hemisphere converged Wednesday on Honduras to resolve a standoff that has left the Central American country with two presidents, a capital scarred by protests and a divided population. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

  • Wed Oct 07 19:41:51 PDT 2009 by

    Manuel Zelaya, Jose Miguel Insulza

    Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya, center, and Jose Miguel Insulza, left, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, OAS, attend a meeting with diplomats inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009. Diplomats from throughout the hemisphere converged Wednesday on Honduras to resolve a standoff that has left the Central American country with two presidents, a capital scarred by protests and a divided population. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

  • Wed Oct 07 19:41:52 PDT 2009 by

    Kiss

    Kiss perform at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, during their "Kiss Alive 35" tour, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Thu Oct 08 00:04:38 PDT 2009 by

    Study: Global prescription drug sales growth slows

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Growth of prescription drug revenue worldwide will likely dip to between 4 percent and 6 percent next year — the lowest rate in at least a decade, according to a forecast released Thursday.

  • Thu Oct 08 00:04:37 PDT 2009 by

    Study: Global prescription drug sales growth slows

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Growth of prescription drug revenue worldwide will likely dip to between 4 percent and 6 percent next year — the lowest rate in at least a decade, according to a forecast released Thursday.

  • Wed Oct 07 20:16:07 PDT 2009 by

    US: Insurgents breached base during Afghan battle

    KABUL (AP) — Insurgents fought their way inside an American base in Afghanistan last weekend in a rare security breach before they were driven back under heavy fire during the deadliest battle for U.S. troops in more than a year, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

  • Wed Oct 07 20:40:54 PDT 2009 by

    Court papers: DNA at store matches elusive teen

    FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — Court documents say DNA found after a grocery store break-in on a Washington state island last month matches that of an elusive teenager wanted in a string of burglaries.

  • Thu Oct 08 09:12:34 PDT 2009 by

    Gov. Pawlenty headlining Iowa GOP event next month

    NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will travel to the Iowa next month to headline a state Republican gathering.

  • Thu Oct 08 00:04:35 PDT 2009 by

    Brookings researchers warn of more flight delays

    DALLAS (AP) — Lengthy airline delays are twice as common now as in 1990 and will get worse as the economy recovers, according to a Brookings Institution report released Thursday.

  • Wed Oct 07 22:15:33 PDT 2009 by

    Brookings researchers warn of more flight delays

    DALLAS (AP) — Lengthy airline delays are twice as common now as in 1990 and will get worse as the economy recovers, according to a Brookings Institution report released Thursday.

  • Wed Oct 07 21:40:55 PDT 2009 by

    Court papers: DNA at store matches elusive teen

    FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — Court documents say DNA found after a grocery store break-in on a Washington state island last month matches that of an elusive teenager wanted in a string of burglaries.

  • Wed Oct 07 22:16:13 PDT 2009 by

    Oil rises above $70 in Asia as US dollar weakens

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Oil prices rose above $70 a barrel Thursday in Asia amid a weakening U.S. dollar and mixed crude inventory data.

  • Wed Oct 07 23:42:55 PDT 2009 by

    S. Calif. wildfire stalled, containment increasing

    WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are taking advantage of cool fall weather as they increase containment of a blaze near the mountain community of Wrightwood.

  • Wed Oct 07 23:42:56 PDT 2009 by

    Oakland to pay suspect shot by officer $1.2M

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland will pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a burglary suspect who was left a paraplegic after being shot by a police officer.

  • Wed Oct 07 22:16:10 PDT 2009 by

    Australian TV show apologizes for blackface skit

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — An Australian variety show host has apologized for a skit in which singers parodying the Jackson Five performed in blackface.

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    Gun-toting Pa. soccer mom, husband found shot dead

    LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania soccer mom who gained national attention when she openly carried a loaded gun to her 5-year-old daughter's game has been shot dead along with her husband in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

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    Taliban suicide attack kills 17 in Afghan capital

    KABUL (AP) — A suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle outside the Indian Embassy in the bustling center of the Afghan capital Thursday, killing 17 people in the second major attack in the city in less than a month. The Afghan Foreign Ministry hinted at Pakistani involvement — a charge Pakistan denied.

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    Antasari Azhar

    Antasari Azhar, center, chief of Indonesia's anti-corruption commission, is escorted by police officers to go back to his detention after his first trial at South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Azhar went on trial charged with masterminding the murder of the head of a state-owned company. (AP Photo/Irwin Fedriansyah)

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    Antasari Azhar

    Antasari Azhar, chief of Indonesia's anti-corruption commission, listens to a prosecutor during his first trial at South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Azhar went on trial charged with masterminding the murder of the head of a state-owned company. (AP Photo/Irwin Fedriansyah)

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    Antasari Azhar

    Antasari Azhar, chief of Indonesia's anti-corruption commission, listens to a prosecutor during his first trial at South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Azhar went on trial charged with masterminding the murder of the head of a state-owned company. (AP Photo/Irwin Fedriansyah)

  • Thu Oct 08 16:42:21 PDT 2009 by

    Obama envoy in uphill struggle for Mideast peace

    JERUSALEM (AP) — President Barack Obama's Mideast envoy finds himself increasingly hamstrung, with Israel's foreign minister on Thursday all but ruling out a peace deal for years to come and the Palestinian leader weakened by his decision not to push for a Gaza war crimes tribunal against Israel.

  • Thu Oct 08 02:14:56 PDT 2009 by

    Calif. citrus farmers fear tree-killing disease

    ORANGE COVE, Calif. (AP) — Tom Mulholland is girding for battle against a tiny enemy that could devastate the orange grove he has spent his life cultivating. His adversary: the Asian citrus psyllid, a fruit-fly-sized insect with red eyes and a long, leaf-penetrating beak.

  • Thu Oct 08 00:39:59 PDT 2009 by

    Calif. citrus farmers fear tree-killing disease

    ORANGE COVE, Calif. (AP) — Tom Mulholland is girding for battle against a tiny enemy that could devastate the orange grove he has spent his life cultivating. His adversary: the Asian citrus psyllid, a fruit-fly-sized insect with red eyes and a long, leaf-penetrating beak.

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    Small undersea quake occurs off California coast

    AVALON, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude-3.8 undersea earthquake has struck near the Channel Islands off the southern tip of San Clemente Island.

  • Thu Oct 08 00:40:19 PDT 2009 by

    Berlusconi vows to stay on after court ruling

    ROME (AP) — Premier Silvio Berlusconi faces judicial and political battles after a top Italian court overturned a law granting him immunity from prosecution and cleared the way for his corruption and tax fraud trials to resume in Milan.

  • Thu Oct 08 00:40:22 PDT 2009 by

    SKorea: Sanctions on NKorea should remain in place

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.N. sanctions on North Korea must remain in place even if the communist nation comes back to international nuclear disarmament talks, South Korea's foreign minister said Thursday.

  • Thu Oct 08 00:40:23 PDT 2009 by

    US, Afghan forces kill Afghan child in raid

    KABUL (AP) — The U.S. military says American and Afghan forces accidentally killed a child during a raid on a Taliban compound in eastern Afghanistan.

  • Thu Oct 08 00:40:24 PDT 2009 by

    US, Afghan forces kill Afghan child in raid

    KABUL (AP) — The U.S. military says American and Afghan forces accidentally killed a child during a raid on a Taliban compound in eastern Afghanistan.

  • Thu Oct 08 02:39:43 PDT 2009 by

    US citrus farmers fear tree-killing disease

    ORANGE COVE, California (AP) — Tom Mulholland is girding for battle against a tiny enemy that could devastate the orange grove he has spent his life cultivating. His adversary: the Asian citrus psyllid, a fruit-fly-sized insect with red eyes and a long, leaf-penetrating beak.

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    Relatives question why state took kidnapped baby

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A relative says Maria Gurrola started crying and shaking when she learned her kidnapped baby was being taken into state custody shortly after he was recovered.

  • Thu Oct 08 02:39:43 PDT 2009 by

    US citrus farmers fear tree-killing disease

    ORANGE COVE, California (AP) — Tom Mulholland is girding for battle against a tiny enemy that could devastate the orange grove he has spent his life cultivating. His adversary: the Asian citrus psyllid, a fruit-fly-sized insect with red eyes and a long, leaf-penetrating beak.

  • Thu Oct 08 02:15:08 PDT 2009 by

    Jose Manuel Barroso, Xi Jinping

    EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, left, shakes hands with China's vice President Xi Jinping, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, pool)

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    Jose Manuel Barroso, Xi Jinping

    EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, left, shakes hands with China's vice President Xi Jinping, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, pool)

  • Thu Oct 08 20:15:10 PDT 2009 by

    Fresh flooding hits Philippines after days of rain

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say fresh flooding has hit about 30 towns in the northern Philippines, sending residents fleeing to rooftops and scrambling for safety. The floods came after dams released excess water from recent heavy rains.

  • Thu Oct 08 02:15:17 PDT 2009 by

    Iraq: Roadside bomb kills 3 northeast of Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A roadside bomb struck a police patrol northeast of the Iraqi capital, killing three officers, a police official said Thursday.

  • Thu Oct 08 04:15:30 PDT 2009 by

    Scientists race to prevent ash tree's extinction

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Scientists are racing to save tens of millions of seeds from the native ash tree before an invasive beetle pushes the species to extinction.

  • Thu Oct 08 03:39:39 PDT 2009 by

    Obama to hold private meetings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is spending much of the day in private, with closed-door meetings scheduled with senior advisers and officials such as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  • Thu Oct 08 02:39:55 PDT 2009 by

    IMELDA MARCOS

    **FILE**Philippine former first lady Imelda Marcos points to some of her shoes on display in this Feb. 16, 2001 file photo at the opening of the Shoe Museum in suburban Marikina City. When a powerful storm inundated the Philippines in Sept. 2009, most people rushed to save their homes or their lives. Employees of the Marikina Shoe Museum, however, grabbed the shoes. (AP Photo/Pat Roque, FILE)

  • Thu Oct 08 03:11:51 PDT 2009 by

    Gov. Pawlenty headlining Iowa GOP event next month

    NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will travel to the Iowa next month to headline a state Republican gathering.

  • Thu Oct 08 03:39:34 PDT 2009 by

    Radio host seeks pardon for executed SC relatives

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Syndicated radio host Tom Joyner is asking South Carolina for a posthumous pardon for two great-uncles executed in 1915 after being convicted of murdering a Confederate Army veteran.

  • Thu Oct 08 03:20:06 PDT 2009 by

    Oil rises above $70 in Asia as US dollar weakens

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Oil prices rose above $70 a barrel Thursday in Asia amid a weakening U.S. dollar and mixed crude inventory data.

  • Thu Oct 08 03:20:25 PDT 2009 by

    Amid the global economic crisis, China rises

    BEIJING (AP) — The auto-parts maker Delphi Corp. is headquartered in Troy, Mich., in the heart of the region that made the United States the car capital of the world. It's a place where the phrase "buy American" is right at home.

  • Thu Oct 08 14:41:12 PDT 2009 by

    Imelda Marcos' shoe collection saved from floods

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When a powerful storm inundated the Philippines last month, most people rushed to save their homes or their lives. Employees of one museum, however, grabbed the shoes.

  • Thu Oct 08 03:20:24 PDT 2009 by

    Interim Honduran leader resists diplomats' pleas

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' coup-installed leader resisted calls by diplomats from across the hemisphere to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya, at one point angrily telling the visitors they "don't know the truth or don't want to know it."

  • Thu Oct 08 03:39:59 PDT 2009 by

    Sam Shum

    Sam Shum, senior specialist of Chinese ceramics and works of Art of Sotheby's gestures during a press conference behind Imperial carved zitan "Dargon" throne of Qianlong in Hong Kong Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. The work was sold at US$11,068,193 at Sotheby's autumn sale and breaking the world auction Chinese furniture. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Thu Oct 08 04:04:50 PDT 2009 by

    Marriott posts 3Q loss on timeshare charges

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Marriott International says it lost $466 million in its third quarter on hefty impairment charges, mostly related to its timeshare business.

  • Thu Oct 08 09:06:25 PDT 2009 by

    Stocks climb after retail sales, better jobs data

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks resumed their climb as investors got upbeat readings on two of the best gauges of the economy's health: consumer spending and corporate profits.

  • Thu Oct 08 04:15:23 PDT 2009 by

    Woman found in Fla. home under 8 feet of trash

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a 71-year-old woman after wading through a Jacksonville, Florida home filled with garbage piled eight feet high.

  • Thu Oct 08 04:15:29 PDT 2009 by

    Radio host seeks pardon for executed SC relatives

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Syndicated radio host Tom Joyner is asking South Carolina for a posthumous pardon for two great-uncles executed in 1915 after being convicted of murdering a Confederate Army veteran.

  • Thu Oct 08 16:42:23 PDT 2009 by

    Lloyd Webber sets 'Phantom' return in Coney Island

    LONDON (AP) — The Phantom of the Opera is coming back — but this time, he'll be haunting the amusement park at New York's Coney Island.

  • Thu Oct 08 22:41:35 PDT 2009 by

    Nobel lit prize goes to little-known European

    The judges, apparently, could not help themselves.

  • Thu Oct 08 23:40:34 PDT 2009 by

    Militants attack Afghan-bound fuel tanker

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Militants in Pakistan torched a tanker carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan on Friday, highlighting the vulnerability of the American-led mission in the landlocked country as Washington debates sending more troops.

  • Thu Oct 08 04:15:59 PDT 2009 by

    Herta Mueller

    FILE -- This is a Sunday May 16, 2004 file picture of Romanian-born German writer Herta Mueller. Mueller has the won the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature. The Swedish Academy, which has picked the winner annually since 1901, said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, that Mueller "who with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed." The prize includes a 10 million kronor (US$1.4 million) prize and will be handed out Dec. 10 in the Swedish capital. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer/file)

  • Thu Oct 08 04:16:01 PDT 2009 by

    Herta Mueller

    FILE - In this May 16, 2004 file photo Romanian author Herta Mueller is seen during a press conference of the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Weimar, eastern Germany. Romanian-born German writer Herta Mueller has the won the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature. The Swedish Academy, which has picked the winner annually since 1901, said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 that Mueller "who with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed." (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

  • Thu Oct 08 05:20:26 PDT 2009 by

    Highest military court to hear Abu Ghraib appeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military's highest court is scheduled to hear the appeal of a former Army dog handler convicted in the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

  • Thu Oct 08 04:40:24 PDT 2009 by

    Cantor to talk over health care policy with Hoyer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican Whip Eric Cantor says he's going to sit down with Democratic leader Steny Hoyer and try to narrow their differences over health care.

  • Thu Oct 08 04:40:37 PDT 2009 by

    German winners of the Nobel literature prize

    Herta Mueller is the 10th German to win the Nobel Prize in literature. Here is a list of German writers who have received the award.

  • Thu Oct 08 04:40:42 PDT 2009 by

    Taliban claim Afghan bomb, say embassy was target

    KABUL (AP) — The Taliban have claimed responsibility for Thursday's suicide car bomb in the Afghan capital, saying their target was the Indian Embassy.

  • Thu Oct 08 06:04:10 PDT 2009 by

    PepsiCo 3Q profit climbs on cost cuts; sales fall

    PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — Soft drinks and snack maker PepsiCo Inc. said Thursday that its fiscal third-quarter profit rose 9 percent, in part on cost-control efforts, even as revenue dropped on weak beverage sales.

  • Thu Oct 08 05:05:45 PDT 2009 by

    PepsiCo 3Q profit climbs on cost cuts; sales fall

    PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — Soft drinks and snack maker PepsiCo says its fiscal third-quarter profit rose 9 percent, partly on cost-control efforts.

  • Thu Oct 08 05:05:47 PDT 2009 by

    Retailers report September sales declines

    NEW YORK (AP) — Early September reports from retailers show weak sales as shoppers cut back on fall clothing purchases amid worries about jobs and tight credit.

  • Thu Oct 08 05:20:21 PDT 2009 by

    Ex-cop pleads not guilty to posing as twin for sex

    MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut police officer has pleaded not guilty to allegations he posed as his twin brother to have sex with a woman, and then raped her when she realized the ruse and tried to leave.

  • Thu Oct 08 06:04:20 PDT 2009 by

    New jobless claims fall to 521K, lowest since Jan.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of new claims for jobless benefits falls to the lowest level since early January, as employers cut fewer workers.

  • Thu Oct 08 06:04:21 PDT 2009 by

    New jobless claims drop more than expected to 521,000, lowest level since January

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New jobless claims drop more than expected to 521,000, lowest level since January.

  • Thu Oct 08 06:41:56 PDT 2009 by

    Ex-cop pleads not guilty to posing as twin for sex

    MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut police officer has pleaded not guilty to allegations he posed as his twin brother to have sex with a woman, and then raped her when she realized the ruse and tried to leave.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:45 PDT 2009 by

    US encounters stumbling blocks in training Afghans

    LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (AP) — Even before the American paratroopers entered the Afghan barracks, the lack of discipline was evident: torn screens, trash collecting in the hallways, bedrooms and bushes. The checkpoints were even worse, they said, with used syringes littering the ground.

  • Thu Oct 08 08:42:40 PDT 2009 by

    Widow asks Toyota to act quickly on floor mats

    TOKYO (AP) — Two years before the fatal accident that prompted Toyota to warn 3.8 million American car owners to take out floor mats, Troy Johnson died in a crash also suspected of being caused by a floor mat jamming an accelerator.

  • Thu Oct 08 05:42:45 PDT 2009 by

    George Mitchell, Avigdor Lieberman

    U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell, left, shakes hands with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, during their meeting in the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Lieberman declared Thursday that there is no chance of reaching a final accord with the Palestinians any time soon, casting a pall over Mitchell's latest effort to get peace talks moving again.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

  • Thu Oct 08 06:04:18 PDT 2009 by

    Target September sales metric beats estimates

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target says a key sales measure dipped 1.7 percent in September but beat analyst estimates. The result led the discount retailer to predict third-quarter earnings per share above Wall Street's forecast.

  • Thu Oct 08 06:15:10 PDT 2009 by

    Abdullah Gul, Francois Fillon

    French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, right, welcomes Turkish President Abdullah Gul prior to their meeting at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, Thursday Oct. 8, 2009.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • Thu Oct 08 06:15:23 PDT 2009 by

    Abdullah Gul, Francois Fillon

    French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, right, shows the way to Turkish President Abdullah Gul prior to their meeting at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, Thursday Oct. 8, 2009.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • Thu Oct 08 06:15:32 PDT 2009 by

    Ingrid Vlasov

    Romanian fashion designer Ingrid Vlasov acknowledges applause following the presentation or her Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2010 fashion collection, Thursday Oct. 8, 2009 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

  • Thu Oct 08 06:42:09 PDT 2009 by

    Taliban suicide attack kills 17 in Afghan capital

    KABUL (AP) — The death toll from a suicide car bombing in Kabul has risen to 17.

  • Thu Oct 08 07:42:23 PDT 2009 by

    Herta Mueller wins 2009 Nobel literature prize

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Herta Mueller, a little-known Romanian-born author who was persecuted for her critical depictions of life behind the Iron Curtain, won the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday in an award seen as a nod to the 20th anniversary of communism's collapse.

  • Thu Oct 08 06:42:15 PDT 2009 by

    Israeli foreign minister says peace deal possible not possible

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Obama administration's Mideast envoy is scheduled to meet with top members of the Israeli government today as he tries to revive peace talks with the Palestinians. But, remarks by the country's foreign minister suggest he shouldn't expect much by way of results today.

  • Thu Oct 08 06:42:16 PDT 2009 by

    Chief Egypt archaeologist defends Louvre cut move

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's decision to cut ties with the Louvre museum had nothing to do with the loss last month in the country's bid to head the Paris-based UNESCO, the country's chief archaeologist said Thursday.

  • Thu Oct 08 06:42:16 PDT 2009 by

    Hwang Eun-jung

    South Korean actress Hwang Eun-jung poses during an opening ceremony of the Pusan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. One of Asia's top film festivals opened Thursday by taking a lighthearted look at the South Korean presidency.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

  • Thu Oct 08 07:05:59 PDT 2009 by

    Wholesale inventories drop for 12th month, while sales rise by largest amount since June 2008

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale inventories drop for 12th month, while sales rise by largest amount since June 2008.

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    Some Liz Claiborne brands exclusive to JC Penney

    NEW YORK (AP) — Clothing maker Liz Claiborne Inc. said Thursday it will help reverse its fortune by moving its namesake line to J.C. Penny Co. from Macy's Inc. and other stores and taking the line designed by Isaac Mizrahi to the TV shopping channel QVC.

  • Thu Oct 08 07:41:55 PDT 2009 by

    Ky. pastor who promoted guns in church quits

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pastor who hosted a rally celebrating God and guns a few months ago has resigned his ministry to promote gun rights and church security.

  • Thu Oct 08 07:41:55 PDT 2009 by

    August wholesale inventories decline, sales rise

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses reduced inventories at the wholesale level for a record 12th consecutive month in August, although in an encouraging sign, sales jumped by the largest amount in 14 months.

  • Thu Oct 08 07:20:01 PDT 2009 by

    Heinrich Boere

    FILE - In this 2003 file photo, Heinrich Boere, seen in front of his house, in Eschweiler, Germany. Germany's highest court said Thursday Oct. 8, 2009, it had declined to hear the appeal of admitted Nazi hit man Heinrich Boere, clearing the way for his trial later this month for the execution-style killings of three Dutch civilians during World War II. (AP Photo/ Eric Brinkhorst, File) ** NETHERLANDS OUT **

  • Thu Oct 08 07:20:17 PDT 2009 by

    Jean-Claude Trichet

    President of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet gestures as he answers questions during a news conference at the governing Council meeting of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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    Feds seek to hold man charged with Haiti sex abuse

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Connecticut man charged with sexually abusing nine boys at a school for poor children he founded in Haiti should not be released from prison because he poses a "clear and continuing danger."

  • Thu Oct 08 07:41:54 PDT 2009 by

    Girl, 5, killed when school cabinet falls on her

    WACO, Texas (AP) — A large open cabinet with children playing inside toppled on a 5-year-old girl at a Texas middle school, killing her.

  • Thu Oct 08 07:42:11 PDT 2009 by

    Chen Shui-bian

    Former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian, center, arrives at the Taiwan High Court in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Chen, sentenced to life in prison in September on corruption charges, has appealed the conviction. A detention trial hearing on Thursday will decide whether Chen will be allowed to be freed on bail to work on his appeal.(AP Photo/Frank Sun/Pool)

  • Thu Oct 08 07:42:17 PDT 2009 by

    Chen Sghui-bian

    Former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian arrives at the Taiwan High Court in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Chen, sentenced to life in prison in September on corruption charges, has appealed the conviction. A detention trial hearing on Thursday will decide whether Chen will be allowed to be freed on bail to work on his appeal. (AP Photo/Frank Sun/Pool)

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    Frank says banks aren't playing nice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Barney Frank says Congress should move up the enactment date of its credit card reform bill to Dec. 1 because banks are raising rates on customers.

  • Thu Oct 08 08:05:23 PDT 2009 by

    Little-known airline fees that tug at your wallet

    ATLANTA (AP) — You can make waves after your next flight on Allegiant Air, but it's going to cost you extra to check your boogie board.

  • Thu Oct 08 08:05:24 PDT 2009 by

    Little-known airline fees that tug at your wallet

    ATLANTA (AP) — You can make waves after your next flight on Allegiant Air, but it's going to cost you extra to check your boogie board.

  • Thu Oct 08 08:05:25 PDT 2009 by

    Obama loan relief plan hits goal early

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's mortgage relief program has hit its goal of helping 500,000 borrowers, almost a month ahead of schedule.

  • Thu Oct 08 08:16:41 PDT 2009 by

    Fla. hotel heir slaying sparks bitter estate feud

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A bitter family feud has erupted in Florida over the estate of the slain son of the founder of the lavish Fontainebleau Hotel.

  • Thu Oct 08 08:16:42 PDT 2009 by

    Health care issues: Medical malpractice lawsuits

    A look at key issues in the health care debate:

  • Thu Oct 08 08:17:07 PDT 2009 by

    Russia grounds cargo planes after accident

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian air force has grounded its mainstay heavylift cargo planes following an accident in which an engine broke off the wing of one of the aircraft just before take off, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

  • Thu Oct 08 08:17:12 PDT 2009 by

    Salman Khan

    Bollywood actor Salman Khan waves to the crowd during an election campaign for the Congress party for the upcoming Maharashtra state election in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

  • Thu Oct 08 08:17:13 PDT 2009 by

    Salman Khan

    Bollywood actor Salman Khan, wearing white cap, looks on during an election campaign for the Congress party for the upcoming Maharashtra state election in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

  • Thu Oct 08 08:17:14 PDT 2009 by

    Italian Lamborghini cop car on display in Holland

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch are about to learn how Italian police catch speeders.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:40:52 PDT 2009 by

    INSIDE WASHINGTON: GOP raising money from docs

    The Republican Party is harnessing the furious debate over health care to raise campaign cash from doctors, dangling the promise of including donors' names in advertising that attacks President Barack Obama's overhaul plan.

  • Thu Oct 08 08:42:06 PDT 2009 by

    INSIDE WASHINGTON: GOP raising money from docs

    EDITOR'S NOTE — An occasional look at how Washington works behind the scenes.

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    Rite Aid alters flu-shot policy for pregnant women

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The nation's third-largest drugstore chain is no longer making pregnant women show a prescription to get a flu shot.

  • Thu Oct 08 08:42:09 PDT 2009 by

    Rite Aid alters flu-shot policy for pregnant women

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The nation's third-largest drugstore chain is no longer making pregnant women show a prescription to get a flu shot.

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    Wis. man gets jail time for meatpacking plant fire

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man whose military flare sparked a fire at a meatpacking plant that caused $50 million in damage has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

  • Thu Oct 08 09:06:27 PDT 2009 by

    Brookings researchers warn of more flight delays

    DALLAS (AP) — Lengthy airline delays are twice as common now as in 1990 and will get worse as the economy recovers, according to a Brookings Institution report released Thursday.

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    Recording: Controller bantered as disaster loomed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A control tower recording captured an air traffic controller bantering about a dead cat with a giggling female friend as a small plane flew toward a collision with a helicopter.

  • Thu Oct 08 09:22:33 PDT 2009 by

    Estrella Archs

    A model displays a creation by Spanish fashion designer Estrella Archs, center, after her Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2010 fashion collection, presented in Paris, Thursday Oct. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

  • Thu Oct 08 09:22:38 PDT 2009 by

    Herta Mueller

    German writer Herta Mueller holds a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 . Herta Mueller, a little-known Romanian-born author who was persecuted for her critical depictions of life behind the Iron Curtain, won the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday in an award seen as a nod to the 20th anniversary of communism's collapse. The decision was expected to keep alive the controversy surrounding the academy's pattern of awarding the prize to European writers. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski)

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    Demjanjuk attorney will appeal case to high court

    BERLIN (AP) — John Demjanjuk's attorney says he plans to ask Germany's high court to block his trial on charges of being an accessory to the murder of thousands at a Nazi death camp.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:40:56 PDT 2009 by

    Women more likely to be expelled under 'don't ask'

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pentagon statistics obtained by University of California researchers show that women are far more likely than men to be kicked out of the military under the "don't ask, don't tell policy" banning openly gay servicemembers.

  • Thu Oct 08 09:43:45 PDT 2009 by

    Jordanian indicted in alleged Dallas bomb plot

    DALLAS (AP) — A federal grand jury in Dallas has indicted a Jordanian teenager accused of trying to bomb a Dallas skyscraper.

  • Thu Oct 08 09:43:46 PDT 2009 by

    Capone's Wisconsin hideout sells for $2.6 million

    HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) — The former hideout of Chicago mobster Al Capone in northern Wisconsin has sold for $2.6 million to the bank that foreclosed on the property.

  • Thu Oct 08 09:43:47 PDT 2009 by

    Boy: Dad gave warning before fatal hike

    SHOSHONE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho boy says his father warned him to stay with his sister, be careful and avoid nearby farm fields before setting out to trek several miles along a desolate highway last Christmas Day.

  • Thu Oct 08 09:43:53 PDT 2009 by

    Herta Mueller

    German writer Herta Mueller, seen, during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday Oct. 8, 2009. Herta Mueller, a little-known Romanian-born author who was persecuted for her critical depictions of life behind the Iron Curtain, won the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday in an award seen as a nod to the 20th anniversary of communism's collapse. The decision was expected to keep alive the controversy surrounding the academy's pattern of awarding the prize to European writers. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Thu Oct 08 09:43:59 PDT 2009 by

    John Demjanjuk

    FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2005 file photo, John Demjanjuk arrives at the federal building in Cleveland, U.S. John Demjanjuk's attorney says he plans to ask Germany's high court to block his trial on charges of being an accessory to the murder of thousands at a Nazi death camp. Attorney Ulrich Busch told The AP Thursday Oct. 8, 2009 he hopes to file his appeal Friday with the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. Demjanjuk was deported from the U.S. in May to stand trial in Munich on charges of accessory to the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, where prosecutors allege he served as a guard. The trial is scheduled to begin November 30. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

  • Thu Oct 08 22:41:39 PDT 2009 by

    Russian court hears Stalin's grandson's libel case

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court began hearings Thursday in a libel suit brought by Stalin's grandson against a Russian newspaper that he claims called into question the Soviet dictator's honor and dignity.

  • Thu Oct 08 09:44:00 PDT 2009 by

    Russian court hears Stalin's grandson's libel case

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has begun hearings in a libel suit brought by Stalin's grandson against a Russian newspaper that he claims called into question the Soviet dictator's honor and dignity.

  • Thu Oct 08 09:44:00 PDT 2009 by

    Herta Mueller

    German writer Herta Mueller, seen, during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 . Herta Mueller, a little-known Romanian-born author who was persecuted for her critical depictions of life behind the Iron Curtain, won the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday in an award seen as a nod to the 20th anniversary of communism's collapse. The decision was expected to keep alive the controversy surrounding the academy's pattern of awarding the prize to European writers. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski)

  • Thu Oct 08 10:04:44 PDT 2009 by

    Most major airlines expected to post 3Q losses

    DALLAS (AP) — There isn't much suspense around the upcoming third-quarter earnings reports from U.S. airlines — most big carriers likely finished in the red — but a recent uptick in travel may indicate a recovery is about to take off.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:04:52 PDT 2009 by

    AP Source: GM nearing completion of Hummer sale

    DETROIT (AP) — A person briefed on the matter says General Motors Co. is expected to sign a deal to sell its Hummer brand to a Chinese heavy equipment manufacturer as early as Thursday afternoon.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:14:05 PDT 2009 by

    Ben Ali, founder of Ben's Chili Bowl in DC, dies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Ali, the founder of Washington's famous Ben's Chili Bowl restaurant, has died. He was 82.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:14:10 PDT 2009 by

    Trial starts for man accused of wife's 1983 death

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Trial has begun for a family photographer accused of killing his estranged wife 26 years ago to avoid losing custody of his daughters.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:14:10 PDT 2009 by

    Top Mexican cartel figure set to plead guilty

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man once considered a top figure in a notorious Mexican drug cartel plans to plead guilty in a San Diego criminal case, nearly 10 years after he was arrested while watching his son's soccer game in Tijuana, Mexico.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:14:11 PDT 2009 by

    Bankruptcy judge approves Sun-Times sale

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers owned by its parent company.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:14:23 PDT 2009 by

    Taiwan court upholds ex-president's detention

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's High Court on Friday upheld its earlier decision to keep former President Chen Shui-bian in detention after the Supreme Court ordered it to hold a hearing on the matter, media reports and his lawyer said.

  • Thu Oct 08 18:40:27 PDT 2009 by

    Key member of terror group pleads guilty

    TORONTO (AP) — The ringleader of a homegrown terror plot that officials said targeted Canadian government buildings and the stock exchange pleaded guilty Thursday.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:40:56 PDT 2009 by

    A dark 'Lonely Avenue' turn for Stray Cat Setzer

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Guitarist-singer Brian Setzer shows his love for those edgy films of the 1940s and '50 on his new CD.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:40:57 PDT 2009 by

    Jackson doctor may face warrant over child support

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas district attorney says the doctor at the center of an investigation into Michael Jackson's death may face arrest and could lose his medical license after missing a hearing to explain late child support payments.

  • Thu Oct 08 10:40:57 PDT 2009 by

    Senate committee approves Patriot Act changes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a revised version of the nation's major counterterrorism law, the USA Patriot Act. The 11-8 vote Thursday sent the bill to the full Senate.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:46 PDT 2009 by

    Admitted Nazi hit man trial to begin this month

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court said Thursday it has declined to hear the appeal of admitted Nazi hit man Heinrich Boere, clearing the way for his trial later this month for the execution-style killings of three Dutch civilians during World War II.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:45 PDT 2009 by

    French culture minister targeted over sex tourism

    PARIS (AP) — France's culture minister is struggling to keep his job amid an uproar about a 2005 book in which he details Bangkok's brothels and the pleasure and freedom of paying "boys" for sex.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:05:47 PDT 2009 by

    FPL agrees to $25 million penalty for '08 blackout

    MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Power & Light Company must pay a $25 million penalty for a massive outage that left nearly a million homes and businesses without power last year.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:05:48 PDT 2009 by

    PepsiCo: Consumers will keep focus on low prices

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bearing in mind that consumers will remain focused on low prices even when the recession ends, soft drink and snack maker PepsiCo Inc. said Thursday that it's creating new products at lower prices and plans to continue offering discounts in its Frito-Lay and beverage businesses.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:05:49 PDT 2009 by

    Airlines Third-Quarter Earnings Forecasts

    Here are the consensus forecasts of analysts for third-quarter earnings or loss per share and revenue for the nation's nine largest airline companies, according to Thomson Reuters as of Thursday morning. Figures from third quarter of 2008 are in parentheses.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:05:50 PDT 2009 by

    Most major airlines expected to post 3Q losses

    DALLAS (AP) — There isn't much suspense around the upcoming third-quarter earnings reports from U.S. airlines — most big carriers likely finished in the red — but a recent uptick in travel may indicate a recovery is about to take off.

  • Thu Oct 08 15:11:44 PDT 2009 by

    National Democrats absent from NYC mayoral race

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Democrat is struggling to unseat the mayor of the nation's largest city, but top Democratic leaders are staying on the sidelines.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:20:17 PDT 2009 by

    Suspect in TV anchor death says police tricked him

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The man accused of killing an Arkansas TV anchorwoman says police trickery led him to tell investigators different versions of what happened the night she was attacked at her home.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:20:21 PDT 2009 by

    Carp catch in Utah could reach 6 million pounds

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Commercial fishing crews have begun what's believed to be the nation's biggest carp removal project.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:20:22 PDT 2009 by

    Cops: NJ retirement community resident stabs 3

    LINWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a resident of a southern New Jersey retirement community stabbed at least three people after a feud with neighbors.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:20:22 PDT 2009 by

    NY fed court: Joe Frazier can't sue tribe here

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York says former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier cannot sue the Oneida Indian Nation because of the tribe's sovereign status.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:20:23 PDT 2009 by

    AP source: Obama focusing on al-Qaida, not Taliban

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior administration official says President Barack Obama is prepared to accept some Taliban involvement in Afghanistan's political future and is inclined to send only as many more U.S. troops to Afghanistan as are needed to keep al-Qaida at bay.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:20:36 PDT 2009 by

    Vivienne Westwood

    British designer Vivienne Westwood, center, signs autographs during a party for the opening of her new boutique in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Grace Kassab)

  • Thu Oct 08 11:20:40 PDT 2009 by

    BC-AP-Editorial Roundup

    Here are excerpts from editorials in newspapers around the world:

  • Thu Oct 08 11:20:41 PDT 2009 by

    Yevgeny Dzhugashvili

    FILE - In this March 3, 1999 file photo, grandson of the late Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, wearing a "USSR" lapel pin, is photographed during an interview in Moscow. A Moscow court began hearings Thursday in a libel suit brought by Stalin's grandson against a Russian newspaper that he claims called into question the Soviet dictator's honor and dignity. The grandson, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, is demanding 10 million rubles (US$340,000) compensation from the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. He contests its claims in an April 22 article that Josef Stalin personally signed execution orders for thousands of Soviet and foreign citizens. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:43 PDT 2009 by

    Berlusconi to defend himself on TV, in courtrooms

    ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday he will go on TV and appear in courtrooms to prove that corruption and tax fraud charges in two trials against him are false.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:20:42 PDT 2009 by

    Berlusconi to defend himself on TV, in courtrooms

    ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday he will go on TV and appear in courtrooms to prove that corruption and tax fraud charges in two trials against him are false.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:17 PDT 2009 by

    Youth push for louder conversation about suicide

    CHICAGO (AP) — Talk of suicide makes many people uncomfortable. But more young people are taking the topic frankly on college campuses, in high schools and online.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:21 PDT 2009 by

    Schwarzenegger threatens vetoes to get water deal

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to veto hundreds of bills unless lawmakers agree on a comprehensive fix for the state's aging water system.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:21 PDT 2009 by

    Colo. teen arrested in high school threat charged

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A teen who was arrested in a potential threat against his western Colorado high school is accused of trying to acquire explosives.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:22 PDT 2009 by

    AP NewsAlert

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brooke Astor's 85-year-old son convicted in NYC of looting famed philanthropist's fortune.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:23 PDT 2009 by

    Lawyer: I gave text messages to Detroit Free Press

    DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer who won a police whistle-blowers' case that led to the downfall of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has testified that he gave a copy of the ex-mayor's text messages to the Detroit Free Press in October 2007.

  • Thu Oct 08 18:40:26 PDT 2009 by

    French culture minister denies paying boys for sex

    PARIS (AP) — France's culture minister denied Thursday paying boys for sex, in an impassioned response to critics on the right and left demanding that he resign over a candid book recounting encounters with male prostitutes in Thailand.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:39 PDT 2009 by

    Frederic Mitterrand

    French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, seen, prior to answering questions, during the private French television channel TF1 eight o'clock news, Thursday Oct. 8, 2009 in Boulogne-Billancourt, west of Paris. France's culture minister is struggling to keep his job amid an uproar about a 2005 book in which he details Bangkok's brothels and the pleasure and freedom of paying "boys" for sex. (AP Photo/Joel Saget, Pool)

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:40 PDT 2009 by

    'Miracle' woman: Damien's already Hawaii's saint

    ROME (AP) — The Hawaii resident whose recovery from lung cancer was called miraculous says the Belgian-born priest she prayed to is already a saint, even before the pope canonizes him Sunday.

  • Thu Oct 08 16:42:19 PDT 2009 by

    Analysis: Allies may decide Berlusconi's fate

    ROME (AP) — From cruise-ship crooner to billionaire media mogul to Italy's dominant political figure, Premier Silvio Berlusconi has achieved an improbable rise to power.

  • Thu Oct 08 11:40:48 PDT 2009 by

    NOAA CARIBBEAN

    This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM EDT shows a less-defined picture of Tropical Storm Henri located at about 130 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands. High wind shear continues to aid in the weakening of this system and it\'s associated thunderstorms. Elsewhere, showers and thunderstorms persist in the southwestern corner of the Caribbean Sea and along the coasts of the southern countries of Central America. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)