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Survey says French excel at eating, sleeping

Updated: 05/04/2009 - The French are living up to their image as lovers of food and can add a new love to the mix, sleep, according to a survey released Monday. In fact, the French excel at the two leisure activities, spending more time at table and in bed than many other nations.

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Additional Cases of H1N1 Identified in Kansas

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Three new cases of infection with the 2009 H1N1 flu virus were identified in Kansas over the weekend, bringing the total count of confirmed and probable cases in the state to six.

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H1N1 In KC Area Child Could Signal Virus Established In KS

Updated: 05/04/2009 - State health director Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips said the Wyandotte County case could signal the virus is becoming established in Kansas. He said the child had not been to Mexico or in contact with any suspected population.

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Mexico Says Flu Ebbing, Lowers Alert Level

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Mexican officials lowered their flu alert level in the capital on Monday and said they will allow cafes, museums and libraries to reopen this week. World health officials weighed raising their pandemic alert to the highest level.

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Obama Announces Plan to Close Tax Loopholes

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Obama said Monday he wants to prevent U.S. companies from deferring tax payments by keeping profits in foreign companies rather than recording them at home.

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Stocks Jump as Home Sales, Construction Increase

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Investors are rushing into stocks Monday as surprise increases in pending home sales and construction spending offered the latest signs that the economy is stabilizing.

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Madonna Adoption Case Heard Amid Paternity Dispute

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Malawi's highest court began deliberating on Madonna's bid to adopt a 3-year-old girl from the southern African country, as a dispute erupted over whether a man trying to stop the proceedings is the girl's father.

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`Twilight,' `Slumdog' Lead MTV Award Nominees

Updated: 05/04/2009 - MTV says the Oscar-winning Indian romance and the vampire blockbuster have six nominations each, including best movie. "Slumdog" star Dev Patel and "Twilight" vamp Robert Pattinson are both nominated for the breakthrough performance award.

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Busy Spring Means a Crowded Tony Nomination Field

Updated: 05/04/2009 - A busy, surprisingly high-quality and starry spring means a crowded field for 2009 Tony Award nominations. A few actors - not to mention shows - are bound to be left out in the competition for the best of the Broadway season.

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Leading US Health Expert Urging Cautious Approach

Updated: 05/04/2009 - A leading U.S. health expert said Monday that while "there are encouraging signs" of a leveling off in the severity of the swine flu threat, it's still too early to declare the problem under control.

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Iraq: No Extension of US Pullback Date From Cities

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Iraq will not extend the June 30 deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from urban areas despite concerns about a resurgence of violence in recent weeks, a spokesman said Monday.

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NBC Takes Its Medicine: New nurse, Paramedic Shows

Updated: 05/04/2009 - NBC is adding four new dramas to its 2009-10 schedule, including a pair of medical shows and the Howard-produced "Parenthood," based on the 1989 movie he directed, the network announced Monday.

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High Court Throws Out Ruling on Janet Jackson

Updated: 05/04/2009 - The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to re-examine its ruling in favor of CBS Corp. in a legal fight over entertainer Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction.

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NAMI Walk for Awareness

Updated: 05/04/2009 - The National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) kicked off its sixth annual "Walk for the Mind of America" this morning.

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Pending home sales up 3.2 percent in March

Updated: 05/04/2009 - The National Association of Realtors says pending U.S. home sales rose from February to March as buyers took advantage of deeply discounted prices and low interest rates.

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Iraq: No extension of US pullback date from cities

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Iraq will not extend the June 30 deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from urban areas despite concerns about a resurgence of violence in recent weeks, a spokesman said Monday.

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Spokesman: WHO may raise alert to highest level

Updated: 05/04/2009 - A World Health Organization spokesman says the agency may raise its pandemic level to its highest alert, signifying a swine flu pandemic. WHO uses a six-level scale to assess the world's risk.

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Gates seeking to reassure Gulf on outreach to Iran

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is on a delicate mission, seeking to reassure long-term U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf region that efforts by Washington to reach out to Iran will not come at their expense.

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Leading US health expert urging cautious approach

Updated: 05/04/2009 - A leading U.S. health expert said Monday that while "there are encouraging signs" of a leveling off in the severity of the swine flu threat, it's still too early to declare the problem under control.

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