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Jobless rate bolts to 8.5 percent, 663K jobs lost

Updated: 04/03/2009 - The nation's unemployment rate jumped to 8.5 percent in March, the highest since late 1983, as a wide swath of employers eliminated 663,000 jobs. It's fresh evidence of the toll the recession has inflicted on America's workers, and economists say there's no relief in sight.

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Newest job numbers portend weak energy demand

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Oil prices dipped Friday after the government reported that the nation's unemployment rate rose to the highest rate since late 1983 as employers eliminated 663,000 jobs.

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NYC protesters ask US to 'bail out the people'

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Protesters asking the government to "bail out the people" are holding a rally on Wall Street. They say they should get some of the billions of dollars being spent to save big business.

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Iowa high court legalizes gay marriage in state

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Iowa's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage Friday in a unanimous and emphatic decision that makes Iowa the third state - and the first in the nation's heartland - to allow same-sex couples to wed.

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Senator stalls Duckworth's nomination

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A Republican senator has delayed President Barack Obama's nomination of Tammy Duckworth, an injured Iraq war helicopter pilot, to be an assistant secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Cambodia says 4 Thai troops killed in border clash

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Thai and Cambodian soldiers revived a long-simmering dispute over an 11th century temple near their border, trading fire Friday with machine guns and rocket launchers in clashes that left as many as four people dead.

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Police fire tear gas at NATO protesters

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Police fired tear gas at rock-hurling protesters Friday on the eve of a NATO summit - the first real confrontation after hours of mostly small, scattered and peaceful rallies.

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Malawi court rejects Madonna adoption request

Updated: 04/03/2009 - In a surprise move, a judge on Friday rejected Madonna's request to adopt a second child from Malawi and said it would set a dangerous precedent to bend rules requiring that prospective parents live here for some period.

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US suspect's court demeanor in the spotlight

Updated: 04/03/2009 - She grins and chats. On Valentine's Day, she sported a T-shirt that read "All You Need Is Love." And one of the first things she said in court was about a rabbit shaped sex toy.

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Peter Madoff can spend $10K a month on expenses

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Bernard Madoff's brother Peter gets access to $10,000 a month for living expenses under an agreement approved Friday in a lawsuit accusing him of swindling a college student.

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AP source: Binghamton gunman entered firing

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A law enforcement official says a gunman at an immigration services center in New York state entered the building firing after blocking the back door.

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Michael Vick says Prison Gave Him Time to Think

Updated: 04/03/2009 - Suspended NFL star Michael Vick told a bankruptcy court on Friday that his time in prison (in Kansas) has given him a chance to think, and he's realized he needs to make some changes.

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Massacre kills 12 at immigration center in NY

Updated: 04/03/2009 - A gunman opened fire at an immigration services center in downtown Binghamton on Friday, killing as many as 13 people before authorities found him dead, officials said.

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