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New Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected to 654K

Updated: 04/09/2009 - New jobless claims fell more than expected last week but are stuck at elevated levels, while those continuing to receive unemployment insurance set a record for the 11th straight week.

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Wells Fargo Projects Record $3 Billion 1Q Profit

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Wells Fargo & Co. said Thursday that it expects record first-quarter earnings of $3 billion, easily surpassing analysts' estimates and providing an encouraging sign for corporate profits.

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ING to Sell Off $10 Billion in Operations

Updated: 04/09/2009 - ING NV, the Dutch bank and insurer, said Thursday it plans to sell operations it says could raise up to euro8 billion ($10.6 billion).

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INSIDE WASHINGTON: NASA Safety Survey A Mystery

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Years after thousands of pilots told NASA about their in-flight safety experiences and NASA shut down the survey without divulging any findings, the pilots' views remain a mystery.

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Obama Looking At Cooling Air To Fight Warming

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Tinkering with Earth's climate to chill runaway global warming - a radical idea once dismissed out of hand - is being discussed by the White House as a potential emergency option, the president's new science adviser said Wednesday.

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Italy Death Toll Rises To 275

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Rescuers removed three more bodies from a collapsed university dormitory in central Italy early Thursday, raising to 275 the death toll in the country's worst earthquake in three decades.

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Family Not Surprised Captain Was Willing Hostage

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Family members said a U.S. ship captain's decision to trade himself for the safety of his crew from Somali pirates was in character for the devoted father from Vermont.

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Iowa, Vermont Gay Marriages Spark Debate In Calif.

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Both sides of the gay marriage ban approved by California voters are debating how Iowa and Vermont's recent moves to allow same-sex unions will affect their state's running legal battle.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Afghan Policemen, 1 Child

Updated: 04/09/2009 - A suicide bomber attacked a police drug eradication unit in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing four officers and a child and wounding seven other officers, police said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

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Obama Invites Close Friends, Staff To Seder Dinner

Updated: 04/09/2009 - President Barack Obama is inviting close friends and staff to a private White House meal Thursday to mark Passover, a signal that the new president intends to fulfill his promise that Jewish voters would have an ally.

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North Korea's Kim Appointed To 3rd Term As Leader

Updated: 04/09/2009 - North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament appointed Kim Jong Il to a third term Thursday as leader of one of the world's most reclusive nations, buoyed by a rocket launch heralded in state media as "historic" but assailed elsewhere as provocative.

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US Dealings With Iran Remain On Slippery Path

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Efforts by the Obama administration to re-engage with Iran advanced a step and skidded backward all in the same day, underscoring the difficulties the new president faces as he tries to improve U.S. relations with its longtime foe.

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US Warship Arrives As Pirates' Options Dwindle

Updated: 04/09/2009 - A U.S. destroyer kept watch Thursday over the waters where Somali pirates held the American captain of a hijacked cargo ship that was later retaken by the crew in an hours-long, high seas drama.

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Stevens' 2014 Filing Only Procedural, Aide Says

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Campaign treasurer Tim McKeever says former Alasak Sen. Ted Stevens filing for the 2014 election doesn't mean Stevens has decided to run. He says it simply was done to accept donations that came into the campaign after the November election.

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Judge Considers Threat in Kansas Immigrant Case

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A federal magistrate judge is considering whether to proceed with the case of a Mexican national living in Kansas who is accused of making threats against a federal prosecutor in Arizona.

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