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Newest US troops in dangerous region near Kabul

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Close to 3,000 American soldiers who recently arrived in Afghanistan to secure two violent provinces near Kabul have begun operations in the field and already are seeing combat, the unit's spokesman said Monday.

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Berlin Uses Disability to Chart a Different Course

Posted: 02/16/2009 - For Ben Berlin, the word "different" means more than just contrary to normal. The high school student has made different his mantra. This year's winner of the David Franzke Youth of the Year Award says that Asperger's Syndrome has motivated him to define his own, different standards.

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Found Parts Could Reveal What Went Wrong in Crash

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Investigators have located key components that might help reveal what the pilot did to try to save Flight 3407 during its final desperate seconds, when the plane plunged to the ground so suddenly that sending a mayday was impossible, an investigator said Monday.

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Asian Markets Fall as Japan's Recession Deepens

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Most Asian stock markets fell Monday, as new figures showed Japan's economy contracted at its quickest pace in 35 years and Group of Seven finance ministers warned the global slump will drag on through most of the year. European shares opened lower.

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Kids' Cholesterol Study Reassuring, Doctors Say

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Fewer than 1 percent of American teens are likely to need cholesterol drugs, says a new study that offers some reassuring news on the childhood obesity front.

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Can All That Twitters Turn to Gold Amid The Gloom?

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Twitter Inc. has spawned a new way to communicate by limiting messages to 140 keystrokes. So here's a way to describe the Internet's latest craze within Twitter's space restrictions:

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Casinos Are Warned About Card-Counting iPhone App

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Nevada gambling regulators have warned casinos in the state about a card-counting program that works on Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPod Touch that illegally helps players beat the house in blackjack.

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Pilot Actions Scrutinized In Buffalo Crash

Posted: 02/16/2009 - The sounds of the last desperate minutes in the cockpit aboard Flight 3407 could be clues to the cause of a crash that came violently and suddenly, with the doomed plane dropping steeply and pitching and rolling like a rollercoaster.

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Obama To Create Auto Industry Panel

Posted: 02/16/2009 - President Barack Obama plans to appoint senior administration officials - rather than a single "car czar," as had been discussed - to oversee a restructuring of the auto industry.

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Illinois GOP Calls For Burris Resignation

Posted: 02/16/2009 - One month after Roland Burris was sworn in to the U.S. Senate to represent Illinois and fill Barack Obama's vacant seat, he's hearing calls for his resignation.

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Cop: No Pot Charge For Phelps After Photo

Posted: 02/16/2009 - A South Carolina sheriff said Monday he was not going to charge swimmer Michael Phelps after a photo of the 14-time gold medalist showed him smoking from a marijuana pipe.

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Clinton Warns North Korea On Nukes

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on her first trip abroad as President Barack Obama's chief diplomat, arrived in Tokyo with a warning to North Korea that it needs to live up to its commitments to dismantle its nuclear programs.

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Congress Strengthens Exec Pay Limits

Posted: 02/16/2009 - President Barack Obama's economic team tried to keep Democratic allies negotiating the stimulus bill from limiting paychecks for bank executives at banks in need of a bailout. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and economic aide Lawrence Summers failed.

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Back In D.C., Obama's Afghan Plan Looms

Posted: 02/16/2009 - President Barack Obama's chief spokesman said Monday that he will make a decision "within days, not weeks," on how many additional troops to send to Afghanistan, and when.

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Nuclear Subs Collide In Atlantic

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Nuclear-armed submarines from Britain and France collided deep under the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month, causing damage to both vessels but releasing no radioactivity, a British official said Monday.

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Llamas Attend Owner's Funeral In Ohio

Posted: 02/16/2009 - A northeast Ohio farmer who died of cancer has been laid to rest with the help of some of the llamas he raised on his farm.

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Snow And Rain Hit Southern California

Posted: 02/16/2009 - A winter storm that could be the largest of the season is bringing heavy rain and mountain snow to Southern California.

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