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Amid Drought, Feds Cut Off Water To Farms

Posted: 02/21/2009 - Federal water managers said Friday that they plan to cut off water, at least temporarily, to thousands of California farms as a result of the deepening drought gripping the state.

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Iran Blocks Web Sites Promoting Reformist

Posted: 02/21/2009 - Iranian authorities have blocked two Web sites promoting the presidential bid of Mohammed Khatami, reformists said Saturday, in a first sign that powerful hard-liners might seek to thwart his challenge to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June 12 election.

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Abu Ghraib Reopens: New Name, Fake Flowers

Posted: 02/21/2009 - Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison reopened, with a new name and official promises Saturday of humane treatment in a lockup notorious as a center for abuse - both under Saddam Hussein and the U.S. military.

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Michigan Police Taser Nude Man Outside Church

Posted: 02/21/2009 - Going to church brought no peace to a man Tasered by police as he stood in the nude in 27-degree weather. A funeral Mass was being held inside St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church when police received 911 calls about a naked man Friday morning. Sgt. Gordon Cameron said the man told officers he was having problems with his parents and wanted to go to church.

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Obama Backs Bush Policy On Detainee Rights

Posted: 02/21/2009 - President Barack Obama's Justice Department sided with the former Bush administration on Friday, saying detainees in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights.

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Sebelius, State GOP Fight Over Health Coverage

Posted: 02/21/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius once called on lawmakers to bring health coverage to all Kansas residents. Legislators largely ignored her. The Democrat has supported proposals to increase tobacco taxes to pay for health care initiatives. Lawmakers never seriously considered them.

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Pakistan, Taliban Declare Swat Valley Cease-Fire

Posted: 02/21/2009 - A Pakistani official said Saturday that the Taliban and the Pakistani government had agreed to a "permanent cease-fire" in the restive northwest Swat Valley.

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19th Century Belgian Priest Will Be Declared Saint

Posted: 02/21/2009 - A 19th-century Belgian priest who ministered to leprosy patients in Hawaii will be declared a saint Oct. 11 at a Vatican ceremony presided over by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Obama Eyes Universal Health Care

Posted: 02/21/2009 - Now for the hard part. Even if the national credit card is maxed out and partisanship remains the rule for Washington's political tribes, President Barack Obama and Congress are plunging ahead with a health care overhaul.

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Arrest Near in Levy Case

Posted: 02/21/2009 - An arrest may be near in the nearly decade-old slaying of federal intern Chandra Levy, whose disappearance in 2001 ended Gary Condit's congressional career, several television stations reported.

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Obama: Tax Benefits Before April

Posted: 02/21/2009 - It took only a matter of weeks for the notoriously slow Congress to pass the $787 billion economic stimulus package. President Barack Obama signed it into law less than one month into his presidency.

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Killing Hogs Slowly Working in Kansas

Posted: 02/21/2009 - State program to kill feral hogs slowly succeeding. The Kansas Animal Health Department, with help from the federal government, has been hunting the hogs in south-central and eastern Kansas since 2006 - on land and by helicopter. They also trap the hogs during the year.

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Accounting Majors: Uncle Sam Wants You

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The infrastructure to rebuild America's financial future is shaky and understaffed.. to handle the rapid handout and accounting for hundred of billions of dollars.

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Independent Alaska Air can't rule Out Merger

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Alaska Air Group Inc., operator of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air and a partner of Delta Air Lines Inc., would consider a combination with another carrier if the right deal was proposed, but for now is committed to its independence and isn't thinking about a merger, executives said Wednesday.

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AP IMPACT: Most Fertility Clinics Break the Rules

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The California fertility doctor who implanted the octuplet mom with lots of embryos was no lone wolf: Fewer than 20 percent of U.S. clinics follow professional guidelines on how many embryos should be used for younger women.

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Major Indexes Fall More Than 6 Percent for Week

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Wall Street ended another terrible week Friday, leaving major indexes down more than 6 percent as investors worried that the recession will persist for at least the rest of the year and that government intervention will do little to hasten a recovery.

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Trustee: Some Madoff Stock Trades Were Fiction

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Investors wiped out by the Bernard Madoff scandal got more bad news on Friday: Investigators have confirmed suspicions that the monthly statements showing the disgraced financier was making stock trades for them were pure fiction.

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3 Teens Fatally Shot on Chicago's South Side

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Three teenagers, including a 13-year-old, were killed Friday in a shooting on Chicago's South Side that authorities believe involved an assault rifle. It appears "several individuals" attacked the teens, and shell casings found at the scene point to at least one assault rifle, said Police Superintendent Jody Weis.

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