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Astronauts hook up new camera for Hubble

Updated: 05/14/2009 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A pair of spacewalking astronauts overpowered a stubborn bolt and successfully installed a new piano-sized camera in the Hubble Space Telescope on Thursday, the first step to making the observatory better than ever.

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House Democrats consider aid for health insurance

Updated: 05/14/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats are looking at big health care changes, including federal aid to help families earning up to $88,000 pay for insurance and a requirement that all must carry coverage.

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Chrysler moves to eliminate 789 of 3,200 dealers

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Chrysler LLC wants to eliminate roughly a quarter of its 3,200 U.S. dealerships by early next month, saying in a bankruptcy court filing Thursday that the network is antiquated and has too many stores competing with each other.

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Pelosi says she learned of waterboarding in 2003

Updated: 05/14/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under strong attack from Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA and Bush administration of misleading her about waterboarding detainees in the war on terror and sharply rebutted claims she was complicit in the method's use.

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Chrysler Moves to Eliminate 789 of 3,200 Dealers

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Chrysler LLC wants to eliminate roughly a quarter of its 3,200 U.S. dealerships by early next month, saying in a bankruptcy court filing Thursday that the network is antiquated and has too many stores competing with each other.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,294

Updated: 05/14/2009 - As of Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at least 4,294 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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Calif. firefighters wary of mountain wind gusts

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Firefighters are keeping an anxious eye on wind gusts that could re-ignite embers from a Southern California wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes last week.

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Iraq base shooting victims united by circumstance

Updated: 05/14/2009 - The paths that brought six men together in a Baghdad military clinic traced across the globe, from South America to rural Missouri, from the islands of Alaska to deepest Antarctica, before intersecting in a tragic shooting spree.

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At least 9 die after migrant boat sinks off Fla.

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Rescuers searched Atlantic waters off Florida Thursday for survivors a day after an overloaded boat capsized and sank with about 30 people aboard, mainly Haitian immigrants fleeing their country's crushing poverty.

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Declining immigration slows Asian, Hispanic growth

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Deterred by immigration laws and the lackluster economy, the population growth of Hispanics and Asians in the U.S. has slowed unexpectedly, causing the government to push back estimates on when minorities will become the majority by as much as a decade.

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Notre Dame students plan peaceful protest of Obama

Updated: 05/14/2009 - University of Notre Dame students who plan to protest the school's awarding of an honorary degree to President Barack Obama on campus during commencement Sunday are calling for a peaceful, prayerful approach.

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Declining immigration slows Asian, Hispanic growth

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Deterred by immigration laws and the lackluster economy, the population growth of Hispanics and Asians in the U.S. has slowed unexpectedly, causing the government to push back estimates on when minorities will become the majority by as much as a decade.

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Owners struggle to find sanctuaries for chimps

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Russ Cochran fondly recalls the fun he had with his chimpanzee when the animal was younger, taking him for rides in the car and to his cabin on the river. Boaters would stop to see Sammy, who would jump in canoes and help himself to food and drinks from the cooler.

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Iraq base shooting victims united by circumstance

Updated: 05/14/2009 - The paths that brought six men together in a Baghdad military clinic traced across the globe, from South America to rural Missouri, from the islands of Alaska to deepest Antarctica, before intersecting in a tragic shooting spree.

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Free Lipitor, Viagra, other Drugs for Jobless

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Pfizer Inc. is unveiling a new program Thursday that will let people who have lost their jobs and health insurance keep taking some widely prescribed Pfizer medications — including Lipitor and Viagra — for free for up to a year.

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Wall Street Set for Mostly Lower Open

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Stock futures pointed toward a mostly lower opening Thursday after a worse-than-expected report on unemployment benefit claims reinforced worries about the timing of an economic recovery.

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Plane Crash Survivor: Don't Just Blame Pilots

Updated: 05/14/2009 - The woman who survived a plane plummeting into her suburban Buffalo home said Wednesday the pilots do not deserve all the blame for the crash that killed her husband and everyone aboard the flight.

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Obama administration to expand housing plan

Updated: 05/14/2009 - The Obama administration is expected to expand its mortgage aid program on Thursday, announcing new measures that would help homeowners avoid a blemished credit record even if they don't qualify for other assistance.

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Wholesale Prices Rise 0.3% in April

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Wholesale prices rose more than expected in April as the biggest jump in food costs in more than a year offset a second monthly decline in the price of energy products.

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New Jobless Rise more than Expected to 637K

Updated: 05/14/2009 - New jobless claims rose more than expected last week due partly to an increase in layoffs by the automobile industry, while the number of people continuing to receive unemployment benefits set a record for the 15th straight week

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Wal-Mart Posts Flat Profit for 1st Quarter

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a flat first-quarter profit on Thursday as revenue from its huge international operations was hurt by the stronger dollar.

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