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AT&T-union negotiations expected down to the wire

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Union officials representing more than 100,000 workers at AT&T Inc. expressed frustration with the phone company's management Friday, saying the two sides are still far apart on important labor issues a day before contracts are set to expire.

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Vick says he could play football for 10 more years

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Suspended NFL star Michael Vick began to outline plans for life after prison Friday, telling a judge his time behind bars gave him a chance to reflect and that he hopes to play pro football for another 10 years.

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Newest job numbers portend weak energy demand

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Oil prices dipped Friday after the government reported that the nation's unemployment rate rose to the highest rate since late 1983 as employers eliminated 663,000 jobs.

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Forecaster: Red River may return to record level

Updated: 04/03/2009 - There's a good chance the swollen Red River separating North Dakota and Minnesota will return to a dangerously high level by late April, forecasters said Friday.

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Venezuelan police sentenced for 2002 violence

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A Venezuelan court on Friday sentenced nine former police officers to as long as 30 years in prison for the killings of demonstrators during street protests before the failed 2002 coup against President Hugo Chavez, lawyers said.

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Royal Bank of Scotland execs face shareholders

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Angry Royal Bank of Scotland shareholders demanded that former chief executive Fred Goodwin return some of his multimillion-pound pension pot Friday in the first major stockholders session since the bank's near collapse last year.

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Nevada lawmakers squeamish about prostitution tax

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Nevada taxes you when you have a drink, when you catch a show and when you buy some smokes - and of course it gets a piece of your action at the casino. But if you're looking for a sin-tax haven, you could head to a brothel.

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Banker released from custody on euro100 million bail

Updated: 04/03/2009 - The heir of one of Austria's wealthiest and most venerable business families was released from jail Friday on euro100 million ($130 million) bail, but some of his countrymen already consider the dynasty's name stained.

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New photos of aftermath of MLK killing published

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Newly published photographs of the aftermath of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. languished for decades in Life magazine's archive before being published on the magazine's Web site this week.

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Sudan opposition leader: Darfur crisis forgotten

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A Sudanese opposition leader has told a visiting U.S. envoy that the African country's government and its allies have forgotten the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

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Brigade of 82nd Airborne Division get Afghan order

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A brigade of the North Carolina-based 82nd Airborne Division that had been ordered to Iraq instead will be sent to Afghanistan as part of a mission to train that country's forces, the military said Friday.

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Jobless Rate Hits 8.5 Percent

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Despite some recent hopeful signs that the economic crisis is beginning to wane, the U.S. job market continues to get battered.

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Algerian Gitmo detainee to go to France

Updated: 04/03/2009 - An Algerian held at Guantanamo is to be settled in France, France's foreign minister said Friday, marking a possible breakthrough in President Barack Obama's quest to close the prison and resettle dozens of prisoners in foreign lands.

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More than 16 million watch `ER' finale

Updated: 04/03/2009 - An estimated 16.4 million people paid one last visit to the "ER" on Thursday, as the last piece of NBC's once-mighty "must-see TV" lineup signed off after 15 years.

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A look at North Korea's missile arsenal

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Under development. Potential range of about 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers), putting the U.S. west coast, Hawaii, Australia and eastern Europe within striking distance. North Korea says this, and all Taepdong missiles, are space launch vehicles (SLVs) for satellites, though satellite and missile technologies are considered interchangeable.

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FDA weighs heart risks of Seroquel for depression

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Federal health officials said Friday a schizophrenia drug from AstraZeneca also works against depression, though there are concerns about its side effects, including the risk of sudden heart death.

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Life for Md. teen who killed mom after grade fight

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A Maryland teenager who never got in trouble before beating his mother to death with a baseball bat after an argument over his grades was sentenced to life in prison Friday.

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Niger Delta minister sees light in economic gloom

Updated: 04/03/2009 - The head of a new Nigerian ministry charged with calming the restive petroleum region of Africa's biggest crude producer said Friday that the global economic meltdown may paradoxically be contributing to peace efforts.

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