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Wall Street Off Earlier Lows on Tech, Financials

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Investors' ambivalence about earnings reports gave Wall Street a mixed performance Friday. Google Inc.'s better-than-expected results lifted tech stocks, while reports from General Electric Co. and several other companies reinforced the market's concerns about the recession's overall impact on the economy.

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Late Child Support Could Limit Driving

Updated: 01/23/2009 - A new Kansas law could cause parents who are behind on their child support payments to klose most of their driving priveliges.

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Obama Asks Lawmakers to Back Stimulus Bill

Updated: 01/23/2009 - President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats sought to ease Republican complaints about a massive economic stimulus plan Friday, meeting with GOP leaders in the White House and promising to consider some of their recommendations.

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China Closes 1,250 Sites in Online Porn Crackdown

Updated: 01/23/2009 - China has closed down 1,250 Web sites in its latest crackdown on online pornography but still faces an uphill task in regulating the unwieldy Internet for vulgar content, an official said Friday.

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Police seek diary of suspect in VaTech killing

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Investigators are seeking computer and cell phone records and diaries as they try to figure out why a Virginia Tech student allegedly used a kitchen knife to decapitate a female student in a campus coffee shop.

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Japan Launches Orbiter to Probe Greenhouse Gases

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Japan on Friday launched the first satellite to monitor greenhouse gases worldwide, a tool to help scientists better judge where global warming emissions are coming from, and how much is being absorbed by the oceans and forests.

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Hudson crash survivors face life after near-death

Updated: 01/23/2009 - When US Airways Flight 1549 splashed down in the icy Hudson River, Mike Berkwits was too busy getting his wife off the slowly sinking plane and out of the swift-moving water to worry about dying.

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Officials: Obama to Reverse Abortion Policy

Updated: 01/23/2009 - In a long-expected move, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

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Suspected US missile strike kills 18 in Pakistan

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Suspected U.S. missiles killed 18 people on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border Friday, security officials said, the first attacks on the al-Qaida stronghold since President Barack Obama took office.

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Ill. gov: I'm skipping trial because it's 'unfair'

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich) says he's boycotting his impeachment trial next week because the process is unfair, not because he's being defiant.

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Scientists Solve `The Italian Job' Cliffhanger

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Some of the Britain's brightest minds have resolved one of the country's biggest cinematic cliffhangers: How the robbers could have got away with the gold at the end of "The Italian Job."

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Rep. Gillibrand Picked To Replace Clinton

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Gov. David Paterson appointed Democratic U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday to fill New York's vacant Senate seat, finally settling on a woman from a largely rural, eastern district of the state to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Three Dead In Belgium Day Care Knife Attack

Updated: 01/23/2009 - A 20-year-old man with a black-and-white painted face went on a rampage at a Belgian day care center Friday, stabbing two babies and a female worker to death and slashing 12 others all over their bodies, officials said.

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Hospitals Demanding Cash Up Front

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Fifty-three-year-old Lisa Kelly is fighting Leukemia. For the past two years, she has also been fighting to pay for treatment.

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Md. Teen Who Killed Family Sentenced

Updated: 01/23/2009 - A judge on Friday ordered four life sentences for an honor student and former Boy Scout who shot his parents and brothers to death, then went to a friend's house to play video games.

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Crews Begin Removing Jet Engine From River

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Divers have started fastening rigging to the left engine of the US Airways plane in preparation for lifting it from the murky waters of the Hudson River.

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Report: Pfizer Looking To Buy Rival Wyeth

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, may be seeking to buy rival Wyeth in a deal that could be valued at more than $60 billion, the biggest in recent memory.

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Ledger's Family Thrilled With Oscar Nod

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Heath Ledger's family said Friday they were "proud and excited" by his posthumous Academy Award nomination, but that it could not heal the pain caused by his untimely death.

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Another N.Y. Giants Player Shot

Updated: 01/23/2009 - New York Giants receiver Taye Biddle is recovering from gunshot wounds to his hand and leg after being shot while visiting family in his hometown.

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