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US policy on Cuba evolving under Obama

Updated: 04/06/2009 - President Barack Obama will soon move to ease travel and financial restrictions on Cuba as his administration conducts a broad review of its policy toward the communist nation, a senior American official said Monday.

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Experts: Loss, revenge often drive mass murders

Updated: 04/06/2009 - Mass murderers are as different as their killing field — be it a nursing home or a suburban home — and as diverse as their reasons for killing — whether it's spousal betrayal or the loss of a job.

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English villagers send Google snapper packing

Updated: 04/06/2009 - You're never far from a camera in Britain, a country that has accepted the presence of millions of surveillance cameras in its streets, shopping centers and public spaces.

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Fund manager hit with civil charge in Madoff fraud

Updated: 04/06/2009 - New York's attorney general filed civil fraud charges Monday against a hedge fund manager who funneled $2.4 billion to Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff without telling clients where their money was going.

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Fund manager hit with civil charge in Madoff fraud

Updated: 04/06/2009 - New York's attorney general filed civil fraud charges Monday against a hedge fund manager who funneled $2.4 billion to Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff without telling clients where their money was going.

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Big cuts seen for F-22, other big weapon programs

Updated: 04/06/2009 - The nation should stop pouring billions into futuristic, super-expensive F-22 jet fighters, pull the plug on new presidential helicopters and put the money into systems U.S. soldiers can use against actual foes, Defense Secretary Robert Gates declared Monday.

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Letter said to be from NY killer forecast slayings

Updated: 04/06/2009 - The man who opened fire in an immigrant center, killing 13 people before taking his own life, felt he was persecuted by police, couldn't accept his "poor life" and was intent on killing himself and at least two other people, according to a letter mailed to a television station the day of the massacre.

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China in bold move on volatile health care issue

Updated: 04/06/2009 - China announced Monday the outlines of a thorough reform of the health care system that pledges to provide improved services to all citizens by 2020, tackling a critical issue that has become a major source of public dissatisfaction.

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Topeka Girl to Receive Transplant Overnight

Updated: 04/07/2009 - Jessica Seidel, 12, is scheduled to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant Monday night. The procedure is expected to take about eight hours.

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AT&T and Union Continue Negotiating

Updated: 04/06/2009 - AT&T and its largest union are continuing negotiations after contracts covering tens of thousands of workers expired this weekend.

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On new cell phones, QWERTY eases out 1-2-3

Updated: 04/06/2009 - Goodbye, numeric cell phone keypads. You're going the way of the rotary dial. Touch screens and QWERTY keyboards will take over from here, thank you.

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Sun unmoored as acquisition talks hit standstill

Updated: 04/06/2009 - Without IBM Corp.'s $7 billion takeover offer, Sun Microsystems Inc., a Silicon Valley rebel known for independence, is possibly alone again. Unless a new suitor somehow emerges, Sun will have to overcome the wobbly finances that forced it to shop itself around.

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Arctic sea ice thinnest ever going into spring

Updated: 04/06/2009 - The Arctic is treading on thinner ice than ever before. Researchers say that as spring begins, more than 90 percent of the sea ice in the Arctic is only 1 or 2 years old. That makes it thinner and more vulnerable than at anytime in the past three decades, according to researchers with NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado.

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Passengers see improvements in airline services

Updated: 04/06/2009 - Hawaiian Airlines topped an annual quality study of U.S. air carriers as the industry took some of the hassle out of flying last year and delivered its best performance in four years.

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33 Iraqis, 1 U.S. Troop Killed In Violence

Updated: 04/06/2009 - A string of deadly bombings in Baghdad killed 33 people and wounded more than 90 others, as the U.S. military also reported its first combat death in Iraq in about three weeks.

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Farrah Fawcett Hospitalized In L.A.

Updated: 04/06/2009 - One of the original Charlie's Angels, actress Farrah Fawcett, has been battling cancer for nearly three years. Now there are reports that she has been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital.

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IBM Pulls Offer To Buy Sun Microsystems

Updated: 04/06/2009 - IBM Corp. withdrew its offer to buy Sun Microsystems Inc. for about $7 billion this weekend, clouding the prospects for a deal that would shake up the computing industry, The Associated Press has learned.

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Missing: $1,200 Worth Of Lip Gloss

Updated: 04/06/2009 - Here's some lip gloss that's really hot. Police want to know who made off with 74 tubes of "Beauty Rush", worth about $1,200, from a suburban New York Victoria's Secret store.

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Man irate over ticket allegedly topples 'Moses'

Updated: 04/06/2009 - A man allegedly upset about a 20-year-old unpaid speeding ticket that was preventing him from renewing his license was charged with pushing over a nearly 150-year-old statue of Moses in a Worcester courthouse.

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Among 4-Year Olds, 1 in 5 Obese, Study Finds

Updated: 04/06/2009 - A striking new study says almost 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese, and the rate is alarmingly higher among American Indian children, with nearly a third of them obese.

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Some business make layoffs the last option

Updated: 04/06/2009 - Even as the recession cuts deeply into their revenue, some companies are opting to do the unconventional: They're keeping all their employees and finding other ways to trim costs.

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NY court upholds sentence of abortion doc's killer

Updated: 04/06/2009 - The life prison sentence given to a militant abortion opponent was appropriate despite his claims that he only meant to injure rather than kill a doctor, a federal appeals court said Monday.

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