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Obama, Democrats Prepare For Health Care Showdown

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Bracing for an August showdown over health care reform, Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama declared themselves united Tuesday on their determination to enact an historic overhaul this year — ideally with Republican cooperation but without if necessary.

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Arthritis Drugs Can Cause Cancer Risk To Children

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Federal regulators on Tuesday added stronger warnings to a group of best-selling drugs used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, saying they can increase the risk of cancer in children and adolescents.

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Spending Inches Up, Depite Falling Incomes

Posted: 08/04/2009 - As gasoline prices rose, Americans spent more in June than the previous month — despite falling incomes. For the rest of the year, economists expect falling wages and rising unemployment to act as a drag on spending.

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Pentagon To Review Social Networking

Posted: 08/04/2009 - The Pentagon is reviewing the use of Facebook and other social networking sites on its computers with an eye toward setting rules on how to protect against possible security risks.

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Sotomayor Showdown Set

Updated: 08/04/2009 - The Senate's top Republican said Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor fails the test of impartiality despite her impressive background while the leading Democrat defended her as a mainstream moderate Tuesday.

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Clinton Delegation Leaves North Korea

Posted: 08/04/2009 - North Korean's official news agency says former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his party have left the country. The official Korean Central News Agency said in a brief dispatch that Clinton and others left early Wednesday by plane.

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Senate Will Vote On Clunkers According To Leaders

Posted: 08/04/2009 - The Senate will vote to extend the popular "cash-for-clunkers" program before going home on Friday, Majority Leader Harry Reid declared Tuesday in a strong signal the government won't let the trade-in rebates die under the surging demand that has almost exhausted federal backing.

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Helping Hands Humane Society Finds Facility

Updated: 08/04/2009 - Helping Hands Humane Society received a discount from Dillon's on the purchase of their 21st and Belle location for the new animal shelter.

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Feds To Hold Summit On Distracted Driving

Posted: 08/04/2009 - With a recent report saying texting while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk, the U.S. Transportation Secretary will convene a summit to address the problem.

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GMAC Financial Posts Wider 2Q Loss Of $3.9 Billion

Posted: 08/04/2009 - GMAC Inc., said Tuesday it posted a wider second-quarter loss of $3.9 billion as it shifted from being primarily an auto and mortgage loan company to an online, retail bank.

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Pending Home Sales Index Rises Again In June

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Pending U.S. home sales rose in June for the fifth straight month, another encouraging sign of life for the embattled U.S. housing market, the National Association of Realtors reported Tuesday.

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Kraft Foods 2Q Profit Up 11 Percent

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Kraft Foods Inc. said Tuesday its second-quarter profit rose 11 percent even though its revenue slipped as the dollar's strength weighed down international sales.

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Spending Inches Up In June, Despite Income Drop

Posted: 08/04/2009 - As gasoline prices rose, Americans spent more in June than the previous month — despite falling incomes. For the rest of the year, economists expect falling wages and rising unemployment to act as a drag on spending.

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Mortgage Aid Program Helping Fraction Of Borrowers

Posted: 08/04/2009 - The government's $50 billion program to ease the mortgage crisis is helping only a tiny fraction of struggling homeowners, and a list released Tuesday showed which lenders are laggards.

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Obama Visits White House Press Room On Birthday

Posted: 08/04/2009 - President Barack Obama arrived in the White House briefing room Tuesday with cupcakes for reporter Helen Thomas. The two share a birthday. She turned 89 Tuesday, while he turned 48.

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Despite Drama, Jackson's Mother Wins Kids' Custody

Posted: 08/04/2009 - The wishes Michael Jackson expressed in his will began to come into reality Monday during a lengthy court hearing, with his mother placed firmly in charge of rearing his children and the two men he designated still at the reins of his financial empire.

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Party Leaders Offer Differing Views Of Sotomayor

Posted: 08/04/2009 - The U.S. Senate is preparing to debate Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Party leaders are offering differing views on her qualifications.

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Costner Wants To Help Canada Festival Victims

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Kevin Costner says he hopes to return to Alberta to support those affected by the collapse of an outdoor stage during a severe thunderstorm that killed one person and injured dozens more at a country music festival.

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Police: Dad Fatally Shoots Daughter, Doster Dad

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Neighbors in Tennessee are asking why a teenage girl fatally shot by her father was placed with a foster family just two doors down after he was accused of abusing her.

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Ohio Man Arrested In Skateboard Dispute

Posted: 08/04/2009 - Police say the owner of an Ohio sports bar took an 11-year-old girl's skateboard at gunpoint and has been charged with armed robbery.

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