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Dow industrials fall below 7,000; lowest since '97

Updated: 03/02/2009 - The Dow Jones industrial average plunged below 7,000 Monday for the first time in more than 11 years as investors grew pessimistic about the health of banks, and in turn the economy.

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Consumer Spending Rises in Jan., Unlikely to Last

Updated: 03/02/2009 - Consumer spending rose in January after falling for a record six straight months, pushed higher by purchases of food and other nondurable items. But the increase is expected to be fleeting given all the problems facing the economy.

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Wall Street Heads for Another Big Drop

Updated: 03/02/2009 - Wall Street headed for another big drop Monday, one that could hurl the Dow Jones industrials below 7,000, after American International Group Inc. posted the largest quarterly loss in U.S. corporate history.

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$#$%##! LA County Tries For Cuss-Free Week

Updated: 03/02/2009 - Pay no attention to that eerie silence in the nation's most populous county this week; it will simply be the sound of 10 million people not cussing.

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Coast Guard Got No SOS From 2 Missing NFL Players

Updated: 03/02/2009 - The Coast Guard received no distress signal from a fishing boat that disappeared off Florida's Gulf Coast while carrying two NFL players and two former college players.

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'Madea' Locks Up Top Spot At Weekend Box Office

Updated: 03/02/2009 - "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" locked up $16.5 million in ticket sales to claim the top spot at the box office for a second straight weekend, beating out "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience."

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Deja New: Prop. 8 Challenge Reaches Calif. Court

Updated: 03/02/2009 - A year after the state Supreme Court entertained arguments on extending marriage to gay couples, many of the same lawyers will be back before the same justices this week arguing why California's voter-appproved ban on same-sex marriage should stand or fall.

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Fewer Kids Have High Lead Levels Than 20 Years Ago

Updated: 03/02/2009 - In a stunning improvement in children's health, far fewer kids have high lead levels than 20 years ago, new government research reports - a testament to aggressive efforts to get lead out of paint, water and soil.

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Obama To Tap Kan. Gov. Sebelius As Health Chief

Updated: 03/02/2009 - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the president's choice for health and human services secretary, will face a host of challenges in her new job, including a health system in disarray and a nation's food supply at risk.

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Government Unveils Revamped Aid Package To AIG

Updated: 03/02/2009 - The government on Monday unveiled a revamped rescue package to insurance giant American International Group and will provide the troubled company another $30 billion on an "as needed" basis.

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Clinton Calls For Action To Forge Mideast Peace

Updated: 03/02/2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on her first foray into Middle East diplomacy, declared the Obama administration committed to pushing intensively to find a way for Israelis and Palestinians to exist peacefully in separate states.

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Kansan Soldiers To Use Farming Skills in Afghan Fields

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Kansan soldiers are helping Afghans in a grassroots way that hits close to home - on the farm. A team of 64 soldiers will be planting seeds of good will in the fields of Afghanistan this spring. The special military mission is the state's first Agricultural Development Team (ADF) and will work with the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture.

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Capitol power plant dims clean energy hopes

Updated: 03/01/2009 - As Congress tries to clean up the nation's energy sources and cut gases blamed for global warming, it is struggling to do so in its own backyard.

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13,000-year-old tools unearthed at Colorado home

Updated: 03/01/2009 - Landscapers were digging a hole for a fish pond in the front yard of a Boulder home last May when they heard a "chink" that didn't sound right. Just some lost tools. Some 13,000-year-old lost tools. They had stumbled onto a cache of more than 83 ancient tools buried by the Clovis people — ice age hunter-gatherers who remain a puzzle to anthropologists.

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'World's Best Job' Web Site Flooded in Final Hours

Updated: 03/01/2009 - A lucky 200 people have been shortlisted for the chance to become the caretaker of a tropical Australian island, dubbed by promoters as the "Best Job in the World."

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Man Allegedly Steals Ambulance That Came to Crash

Updated: 03/01/2009 - A man was arrested for allegedly stealing an ambulance that arrived to help him after a car crash. The California Highway Patrol said a 20-year-old man drove his Honda Accord off State Route 299 and over an embankment into several trees Thursday night.

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Source: AIG to Get up to $30B More in Fed Aid

Updated: 03/01/2009 - Struggling insurer American International Group Inc. will receive up to $30 billion in additional federal assistance in the fourth government rescue of the company, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Sunday.

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'Madea' Locks Up Top Spot at Weekend Box Office

Updated: 03/01/2009 - "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" locked up $16.5 million in ticket sales to claim the top spot at the box office for a second straight weekend, beating out "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience."

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Two NFL Players On Boat Missing Off Florida

Updated: 03/01/2009 - Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper were among four boaters missing Sunday off Florida's Gulf Coast, the Coast Guard and Smith's agent said.

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Kansas' Dem Gov-in-Waiting is Former GOP Chairman

Posted: 03/01/2009 - Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson enjoys the respect of legislative leaders as he waits to become Kansas' next governor. But how did the former Republican end up as the Democratic Governor-in-waiting?

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