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Rain and Melting Snow bring Floods to Washington

Updated: 01/08/2009 - More than 30,000 people were urged to leave their flood-endangered western Washington homes as snowmelt and rain swelled rivers and caused mudslides and avalanches that engulfed neighborhoods and roadways.

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Larry Craig Dropping Further Appeals

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A lawyer for former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig says they won't ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to void Craig's conviction in an airport bathroom sex sting.

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Stocks Open Lower as Jitters about Retail Return

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Wall Street's worries about weak consumer spending revived Thursday, sending stocks lower as bad news from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. signaled that even the stronger U.S. retailers struggled during the holiday shopping season.

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Hearing Set in Kansas Plunger Stabbing

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A 28-year-old Leavenworth man is jailed on charges that he stabbed his stepfather with the broken handle of a toilet plunger.

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Suspected Killer Waives Preliminary Hearing

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Deon Ross, 24, is charged with felony murder, rape, and kidnapping in the death of Alheli Alcantara. Amanda Lanum follows the events live via Twitter.

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Ill. Panel to Grill Burris on Senate Appointment

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Ill. Republicans are promising tough questions Thursday for Senate-appointee Roland Burris on why he accepted a position offered by disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Sentencing Delayed for Ex-debate Coach at Buhler

Updated: 01/08/2009 - On the eve of sentencing for a former Kansas debate coach convicted of molesting a student, a judge granted a delay so the 69-year-old man could have eye surgery.

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Trump Rounds up Celebs for New `Apprentice' Season

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Early last October, NBC unveiled the 16-member cast of "Celebrity Apprentice" to reporters. Everyone on hand at the locked-down news conference swore to keep the participants' identities a secret until NBC said "go."

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Retailers Report Dismal December Sales

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Retailers reported dismal sales figures for December on Thursday as even Wal-Mart Stores Inc., one of the bright spots in the industry, finally buckled under the pressures of the deteriorating economy.

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New Jobless Claims Drop Unexpectedly

Updated: 01/08/2009 - New claims for unemployment benefits dropped unexpectedly last week while the number of people continuing to seek aid rose sharply, the government said Thursday.

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Macy's Closing 11 Stores

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Macy's says it will close 11 underperforming stores in 9 states — affecting 960 employees — after one of the weakest holiday seasons in years.

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More Species Invasions Feared For Great Lakes

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Dozens of foreign species could spread across the Great Lakes in coming years despite policies designed to keep them out, causing significant environmental and economic damage, a federal report says.

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Venezuela To Keep Sending Free Fuel To US Poor

Updated: 01/08/2009 - President Hugo Chavez will keep donating heating oil for poor American families in a costly decision that suggests the Venezuelan leader wants to keep to his pledges - and buttress his image - in spite of falling oil prices.

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'Dark Knight' Sweeps People's Choice Awards

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Holy People's Choice Awards, Batman! "The Dark Knight" soared away with every trophy it was nominated for Wednesday at the 35th annual fan-favorite CBS ceremony

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Ore. Teens Largely Ignoring Cell Phone Driving Ban

Updated: 01/08/2009 - The chances that a teenager will be cited for talking on a cell phone while driving are pretty much zero in Oregon, a consequence of the way the law is written and a problem other states may be facing.

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