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Minutes count for Oscar nominees Davis, Shannon

Posted: 02/17/2009 - For Viola Davis, it may have been her character's shocking admission that she's glad a priest has shown kindness to her troubled son, no matter what the man might have taken from the boy in return.

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Huge chimp shot dead after mauling woman in Conn.

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A 200-pound domesticated chimpanzee who once starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola was shot dead by police after a violent rampage that left a friend of its owner badly mauled.

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Sebelius calls Budget Impasse "Ludicrous"

Updated: 12/29/2009 - Officials say the state doesn't have enough money in its main bank account to pay its bills on time. Those bills include money for government employees who are supposed to be paid Friday.

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French 'spider-man' scales skyscraper in HK

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A French daredevil scaled a 73-story Hong Kong skyscraper barehanded Tuesday, his latest attempt to draw attention to global warming by climbing up the world's tallest buildings.

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NYC toy fair vendor offers Madoff doll - to smash

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Mad at disgraced investor Bernard Madoff? There's a toy just for you. One of the vendors at this week's Toy Fair is offering the "Smash-Me Bernie," a $99.95 Madoff lookalike doll that wears a devil-red suit and carries a pitchfork. It comes with its own hammer - so you can pulverize it.

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Indiana man renovating old house finds hidden room

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A man who's renovating a 120-year-old house has discovered a hidden room in its basement - a find he said shows that some old buildings definitely hold secrets. A friend of Carl Thoms was working recently on plumbing in the 1890 home's basement when he noticed that he could see around those pipes into a hidden room covered in tiles.

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Wis. boy's essay leads to charge against his dad

Posted: 02/17/2009 - A father allegedly shot his 9-year-old son in the buttocks with a BB gun, a revelation that came to light after the boy wrote a school essay about the incident. The boy had written an essay about the "painful afternoon my Dad shot me with a BB gun." The elementary-school teacher turned the essay over to authorities.

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Woman uses wedgie to capture suspected thief

Posted: 02/17/2009 - It took a wedgie and a headlock to pin down a man suspected of breaking into a car. Yvonne Morris, a technician at the Brickyard Animal Hospital, said she chased a man who broke into a co-worker's car, but he kept squirming away from her.

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Iraqi Kurds want US help to avoid war with Arabs

Posted: 02/17/2009 - The closest U.S. allies in Iraq - the Kurds - feel abandoned by Washington these days and say war with the Arab-dominated central government is likely without American pressure to resolve disputes that predate even the era of Saddam Hussein.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,245

Posted: 02/17/2009 - As of Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at least 4,245 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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