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Finalists selected for Australian island dream job

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A DJ from India, a journalist from Canada and a German actress were among 16 finalists announced Friday for what's been dubbed the "Best Job in the World" - a 150,000 Australian dollar ($108,000) contract to serve as the caretaker of a tropical Australian island.

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Traders put market rally on hold after steep gains

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Stocks fluctuated in quiet trading Friday as investors looked past a report that unemployment jumped last month to its highest rate since 1983 and braced for a rush of potentially bloody corporate earnings.

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Fed 'extremely uncomfortable' about bailouts

Updated: 04/03/2009 - While acknowledging that the Federal Reserve was "extremely uncomfortable" about last year's bailouts of big financial companies, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday the central bank's strategy to ease the financial crisis is working.

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NiSource CEO's 2008 compensation rises 37 percent

Updated: 04/03/2009 - The president and chief executive of gas and electric utility NiSource Inc. received compensation valued at $3 million in 2008, a 37 percent increase from the previous year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing.

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Obama: US cannot shoulder Afghan burden alone

Updated: 04/03/2009 - European nations pledged Friday on the eve of NATO's 60th anniversary summit that they would support America's new Afghan war strategy with more civilian aid and small troop increases. President Barack Obama said Europe should not expect the U.S. to shoulder the military burden alone.

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English villagers send Google snapper packing

Updated: 04/03/2009 - You're never far from a camera in Britain, a country that has accepted the presence of millions of surveillance cameras in its streets, shopping centers and public spaces.

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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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Turkey, Armenia ties improve

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, Turkey's leader said Friday that his country has taken steps toward improving relations with Armenia but gave no ground on the contentious issue of Ottoman-era genocide.

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Yale gets $50M gift for global affairs center

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Yale University's president says the college has received a $50 million gift from a New Jersey couple to start a new center for international studies. It's one of the largest donations ever to Yale.

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Jobless rate bolts to 8.5 percent, 663K jobs lost

Updated: 04/03/2009 - The nation's unemployment rate jumped to 8.5 percent in March, the highest since late 1983, as a wide swath of employers eliminated 663,000 jobs. It's fresh evidence of the toll the recession has inflicted on America's workers, and economists say there's no relief in sight.

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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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NYC protesters ask US to 'bail out the people'

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Protesters asking the government to "bail out the people" are holding a rally on Wall Street. They say they should get some of the billions of dollars being spent to save big business.

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Iowa high court legalizes gay marriage in state

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Iowa's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage Friday in a unanimous and emphatic decision that makes Iowa the third state - and the first in the nation's heartland - to allow same-sex couples to wed.

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Senator stalls Duckworth's nomination

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A Republican senator has delayed President Barack Obama's nomination of Tammy Duckworth, an injured Iraq war helicopter pilot, to be an assistant secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Cambodia says 4 Thai troops killed in border clash

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Thai and Cambodian soldiers revived a long-simmering dispute over an 11th century temple near their border, trading fire Friday with machine guns and rocket launchers in clashes that left as many as four people dead.

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Police fire tear gas at NATO protesters

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Police fired tear gas at rock-hurling protesters Friday on the eve of a NATO summit - the first real confrontation after hours of mostly small, scattered and peaceful rallies.

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Malawi court rejects Madonna adoption request

Updated: 04/03/2009 - In a surprise move, a judge on Friday rejected Madonna's request to adopt a second child from Malawi and said it would set a dangerous precedent to bend rules requiring that prospective parents live here for some period.

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US suspect's court demeanor in the spotlight

Updated: 04/03/2009 - She grins and chats. On Valentine's Day, she sported a T-shirt that read "All You Need Is Love." And one of the first things she said in court was about a rabbit shaped sex toy.

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Peter Madoff can spend $10K a month on expenses

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Bernard Madoff's brother Peter gets access to $10,000 a month for living expenses under an agreement approved Friday in a lawsuit accusing him of swindling a college student.

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