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More earnings could answer questions about economy

Updated: 01/18/2009 - As hundreds of fourth-quarter earnings reports stream in this week, Wall Street's reaction will turn on companies' answers to one question: When will the recession end?

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Shoplifter Gets Run Over Twice By Her Getaway Car

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Authorities are looking for a shoplifter who was run over twice by her getaway car after stealing $1,200 worth of designer purses from a Cape Coral store. A T.J. Maxx security guard told police she saw a woman stuff six designer Dooney & Bourke purses into her pants Tuesday morning and walk out of the store. The guard said she was confronting the woman when a car pulled up.

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Stars Shine — Briefly — at Sundance Party

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Ah, the glamour of the Sundance Film Festival party circuit: Long lines in the cold, throngs of people trying to sneak in and the ever-so brief appearances of celebrities who show up to get their pictures taken and then exit out a back door.

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Mexican Collapse? Drug Wars Worry Some Americans

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Indiscriminate kidnappings. Nearly daily beheadings. Gangs that mock and kill government agents. This isn't Iraq or Pakistan. It's Mexico, which the U.S. government and a growing number of experts say is becoming one of the world's biggest security risks.

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More Earnings Could Answer Questions About Economy

Updated: 01/18/2009 - As hundreds of fourth-quarter earnings reports stream in this week, Wall Street's reaction will turn on companies' answers to one question: When will the recession end?

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Future of Abstinence-Only Funding is in Limbo

Updated: 01/18/2009 - With the exit of the Bush administration, critics of abstinence-only sex education will be making an aggressive push to cut off federal funding for what they consider an ineffective, sometimes harmful program.

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SKorea Army on Alert After North's Military Threat

Updated: 01/18/2009 - South Korea said its army remained on alert Sunday, a day after North Korea threatened military action in response to Seoul's hard-line stance against its communist regime.

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Financial Burden of Homeownership Spread Unequally

Updated: 01/18/2009 - When it comes to homeownership, Hispanics in New Jersey, single parents in California and senior citizens in Rhode Island all have something in common: More than a third have an unaffordable mortgage.

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Aide: Iraq War Is A Top Obama Priority

Updated: 01/18/2009 - On his first full day as president, Barack Obama will meet with high-ranking military officers to discuss the Iraq war, a conflict he has vowed to end after six years of fighting, a top adviser to Mr. Obama said Saturday.

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Israel: No Intention of Staying In Gaza

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said today he wants to withdraw Israel's forces from the Gaza Strip as soon as possible.

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As Obama Arrives, Locals Sell D.C. Agenda

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Just days before he is sworn as the next president, Barack Obama can be had - for a price. From buttons and baby shirts to books and bobbleheads, the president-elect's likeness is for sale on virtually every street in the nation's capital.

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Elderly Couple Disappears On Cruise Ship

Updated: 01/18/2009 - The Coast Guard suspended its search Saturday for an elderly couple believed to have fallen off a cruise ship between Long Beach and northern Mexico.

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NTSB: Flight 1549's Engines Both Cut Out

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Federal investigators say the flight data recorder of the US Airways jet that made a remarkable emergency landing in the Hudson River shows the aircraft reached a maximum altitude of 3,200 feet and lost power simultaneously in both engines.

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167 Trapped In South African Gold Mine

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Media say rescuers are trying to bring to the surface 167 gold mine workers trapped underground in northern South Africa for nearly 24 hours.

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Washington's Inaugural Festivities Begin

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Two days from the White House, President-elect Barack Obama joined a vast throng Sunday at a roaring, rollicking pre-inauguration celebration staged before marble monuments to past heroes. "Anything is possible in America," declared the man who will confront economic crisis and two wars when he takes office.

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Positive Protestors Spread Message of Unity

Updated: 01/18/2009 - A group of anti-Phelps protestors spread a message of hope and unity in Topeka. They have American flags and play patriotic music on street corners where the Westboro Church protests.

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War, Economy, Open House to Fill Obama's First Day

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Although he may not get to bed before 3 a.m., Barack Obama plans to make his first full day as president a jam-packed affair of prayer, diplomacy, war discussions and welcoming hundreds of visitors to the White House.

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Downed Jet Lifted from Ice-Laden Hudson River

Updated: 01/18/2009 - The airliner that was piloted to a safe emergency landing in the Hudson River was hoisted from the ice-laden current and placed on a barge, and its two "black box" data recorders were sent to investigators in Washington.

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Hamas Agrees to One Week Truce in Gaza Fighting

Updated: 01/18/2009 - Hamas offered Israel an immediate weeklong truce Sunday, hours after Israel silenced its guns and grounded its aircraft, but the Islamic militant group conditioned long-term quiet on a complete Israeli withdrawal from the territory.

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What in the World Should America Be?

Updated: 01/18/2009 - When 21st-century Americans contemplate their place on the planet, they confront a complex history of isolationism and engagement, a deep instinct to live and let live that coexists with an equally fervent desire to be a robust beacon of freedom — sometimes by any means necessary.

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