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Calif. artist sues AP over image of Obama

Updated: 02/09/2009 - An artist who created a famous image of Barack Obama before he became president sued The Associated Press on Monday, asking a judge to find that his use of an AP photo in creating the poster did not violate copyright law.

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Scholastic chided for selling toys in book clubs

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Scholastic Corp., the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books, has come under criticism from a children's advocacy group for using its vast, venerable network of school-based book clubs to market toys and other non-educational items ranging from video games to lip gloss.

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Octuplets mom expected to have no more than twins

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The mother who gave birth to octuplets acknowledged in an interview aired Monday that she was "fixated" on having children but said she never expected to have more than twins in her latest pregnancy.

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Obama calls anew for swift action on economy

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Making his case in the most dire terms, President Barack Obama said that if Congress does not quickly pass an economic stimulus package, the nation will slip into a crisis so deep that "we may be unable to reverse" it.

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Navy frees stuck warship off coast of Honolulu

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The Navy on Monday freed the $1 billion guided missile cruiser that had been stuck for more than three days since it ran aground close to the coast of Honolulu.

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NYC mayor gives hero pilot, crew keys to the city

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented keys to the city to US Airways Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and his crew Monday, thanking them for preventing "an awful tragedy" when Flight 1549 ditched in the Hudson River.

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Man sentenced to life in Tenn. church shooting

Updated: 02/09/2009 - An out-of-work truck driver smiled Monday as he pleaded guilty to killing two people and wounding six others at a Tennessee church last summer because he hated its liberal politics.

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FBI helping FDA investigate salmonella outbreak

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The FBI says it's helping with a federal investigation of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people nationwide and may have contributed to eight deaths.

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Trial begins for Miss. mayor who destroyed duplex

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The mayor of Mississippi's largest city led a "rampage of destruction" when he directed a group of young men to use sticks and sledgehammers to destroy a duplex he considered a crack house, a prosecutor said Monday.

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Octuplets mom expected to have no more than twins

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The mother who gave birth to octuplets acknowledged in an interview aired Monday that she was "fixated" on having children but said she never expected to have more than twins in her latest pregnancy.

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Spring Weather Hits Kansas Mid-Winter

Updated: 02/09/2009 - An active weather pattern took shape early Monday morning. High winds and thunderstorms were seen across the state as unseasonable conditions took many by surpise. click here for wind damage pics

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Lawmaker suggests fewer counties in Kansas

Updated: 02/09/2009 - A state lawmaker is calling for a feasibility study of drastically reducing the number of counties in Kansas for greater efficiency.

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Mo. Struggles to Restore Power After Ice Storm

Updated: 02/09/2009 - A no-frills office building next to agricultural rice paddies has become the nerve center for efforts to restore power to three of the hardest-hit counties in southern Missouri's worst ice storm in memory.

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Australian fire zone a crime scene; 135 killed

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Police declared incinerated towns crime scenes Monday, and the prime minister spoke of "mass murder" after investigators said arsonists may have set some of Australia's worst wildfires in history. The death toll rose to 135.

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Mummies found in newly discovered tomb in Egypt

Updated: 02/09/2009 - A storeroom housing about two dozen ancient Egyptian mummies has been unearthed inside a 2,600-year-old tomb during the latest round of excavations at the vast necropolis of Saqqara south of Cairo, archaeologists said Monday.

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Pilot describes birds hitting plane over Hudson

Updated: 02/09/2009 - The pilot who ditched his jetliner in the Hudson River and saved the lives of everyone on board said he had a "sickening" feeling when a flock of birds disabled both engines with violent thuds, crippling the plane at 3,000 feet over the nation's most populous city.

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Nissan to slash 20,000 jobs and sees annual loss

Updated: 02/09/2009 - Nissan announced 20,000 job cuts Monday, the deepest reduction among Japan's automakers in battling the global downturn, as it forecast its first annual loss in nine years.

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President seeks grass-roots support for stimulus

Updated: 02/09/2009 - President Barack Obama faces a barrage of questions on his plans to reinvigorate the economy with a massive stimulus bill and additional billions in bailout money for the financial markets.

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