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Marking Anniversary of Deadly NYC Crane Collapse

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Survivors of a crane crash that killed seven people gathered with neighbors and elected officials to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly construction accident.

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KU's Collins Among USBWA All Americans

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Kansas' Sherron Collins, a first-team All-Big 12 selection, is the fourth Jayhawk to earn USBWA All-America honors since 2002. He led Kansas and was fourth in the Big 12 with 18.3 points per game to go with 5.0 assists.

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Obama Plans Small-Business Lending Boost

Updated: 03/16/2009 - President Barack Obama on Monday offered a fresh package of aid to small businesses — "the heart of the American economy" — in an aggressive push to get big banks that got federal bailout money to do more lending to these struggling entrepreneurs.

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Kansas Cement Company Opens Asbestos Investigation

Updated: 03/16/2009 - An asbestos investigation is under way at an Ash Grove Cement Co. operation in Montana, and the Kansas company has told employees they should not report for work until instructed to do so.

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Monitoring of Rare Whales Near NY Harbor Ends

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Monitoring for endangered right whales off New York harbor is ending because the project has lost funding in the state's current budget crunch.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Newspaper Goes Web-Only

Updated: 03/16/2009 - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which has chronicled the news of the city since logs slid down its steep streets to the harbor and miners caroused in its bars before heading north to Alaska's gold fields, will print its final edition Tuesday.

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Ex-money manager known for his love of horses

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Nothing seems to be missing at St. James Episcopal Church, where Paul Greenwood is the treasurer. The books at the local library, where he was on the board, appear to be in order. A financial audit of town government, where Greenwood moonlighted as supervisor and refused the $88,257 salary, hasn't turned up anything suspicious so far.

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Ex-Pa. senator convicted of 137 corruption counts

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Vincent Fumo, once one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania politics, was convicted Monday of more than 130 counts of corruption for schemes that defrauded the state Senate and others of more than $3.5 million and helped pay for his lavish lifestyle.

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Salvadoran leftist president promises moderation

Updated: 03/16/2009 - A charismatic former TV journalist promised to build strong ties with President Barack Obama and promote investor confidence Monday as he took El Salvador into uncharted territory after being elected its first leftist president.

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Texas jail was an Animal House, authorities say

Updated: 03/16/2009 - For months, perhaps longer, the Montague County Jail was "Animal House" meets Mayberry. Inside the small brick building across from the courthouse, inmates had the run of the place, having sex with their jailer girlfriends, bringing in recliners, taking drugs and chatting on cell phones supplied by friends or guards, according to authorities. They also disabled some of the surveillance cameras and made weapons out of nails.

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Egypt to open inner chambers of 'bent' pyramid

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Travelers to Egypt will soon be able to explore the inner chambers of the 4,500-year-old "bent" pyramid, known for its oddly shaped profile, and other nearby ancient tombs, Egypt's antiquities chief announced Monday.

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Analysis: Stem Cell Payoff Wait's Decades not Days

Updated: 03/16/2009 - For all the past week's headlines about embryonic stem cells' medical promise there is a sobering reality: The science to prove that promise will take years, probably too long for many of today's seriously ill.

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Report Says 3 Percent in DC Have HIV or AIDS

Updated: 03/16/2009 - A new report by D.C. health officials says that at least 3 percent of residents in the nation's capital are living with HIV or AIDS and every mode of transmission is on the rise.

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Police ID Victims in Miami Party Shootings

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Police say a man who fatally shot his estranged wife and three other people at a weekend party also tried to blow up his neighborhood by placing gas cans and propane tanks around his apartment before setting it afire.

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Walking, Talking Female Robot to Hit Japan Catwalk

Updated: 03/16/2009 - A new walking, talking robot from Japan has a female face that can smile and has trimmed down to 43 kilograms (95 pounds) to make a debut at a fashion show. But it still hasn't cleared safety standards required to share the catwalk with human models.

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Pastor's Wife Forgives Accused Gunman

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Last Sunday, a gunman walked into the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill., near St. Louis, and opened fire, killing pastor Fred Winters. Two congregants were injured as they wrestled him to the ground.

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Astronauts En Route To Space Station

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Seven astronauts traveled toward the international space station aboard space shuttle Discovery on Monday, while NASA debated whether the orbiting outpost will need to move aside to dodge part of an old Soviet satellite.

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Wall St. Optimistic Off Bernanke Comments

Updated: 03/16/2009 - Wall Street rallied for a fifth straight session Monday after reassuring comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and encouraging news from another big bank. The Dow Jones industrials rose more than 100 points, following other world markets higher.

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N.Y. AG Wants Answers On AIG Bonuses

Updated: 03/16/2009 - New York state's attorney general joined the growing list of those angered by news of American International Group's bonuses, and wants to have details on his desk this afternoon about who is getting it rewarded.

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