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Ill. Gov's Former Top Fundraiser Pleads Guilty

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich's former chief fundraiser has admitted he illegally used corporate funds to pay gambling debts and personal expenses.

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Sources: Obama Ready to End Harsh Interrogations

Updated: 01/16/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to prohibit the use of waterboarding and harsh interrogation techniques by ordering the CIA to follow military rules for questioning prisoners, according to two U.S. officials familiar with drafts of the plans.

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Stimulus Plan Repeals Big Tax Break For Banks

Updated: 01/16/2009 - House Democrats' version of the $825 billion recession rescue package would end billions of dollars in tax breaks the Bush administration quietly gave to banks last fall.

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Iraqi Guards Said to Throw Party For Shoe-Thrower

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The Iraqi journalist jailed since throwing his shoes at President George W. Bush got a visit from his brother Friday and a birthday party from his guards as he turned 30.

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Science closing in on cloak of invisibility

Updated: 01/16/2009 - They can't match Harry Potter yet, but scientists are moving closer to creating a real cloak of invisibility. Researchers at Duke University, who developed a material that can "cloak" an item from detection by microwaves, report that they have expanded the number of wavelengths they can block.

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Bathroom Break: Will Inauguration Have Enough?

Updated: 01/16/2009 - To Conrad Harrell of port-a-potty toilet supplier Don's Johns, Tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama will be historic, but not in the way you might think.

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High risk medical devices escaped close review

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Some medical devices for sensitive uses, from certain hip joints to a type of defibrillator, have won government approval without a close scientific review, congressional investigators said Thursday.

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Sequels to iconic CEOs rarely as good as original

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Legendary CEOs like Apple Inc.'s Steve Jobs are almost impossible acts to follow. Most of the sequels have disappointed the stock market, with some flopping so badly that they were scrapped to make room for the return of the star attraction.

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AMD to cut 1,100 workers, 9 pct of staff

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to cut 1,100 jobs, 9 percent of its global staff, and slash the remaining employees' pay as the chip maker hopes its third round of layoffs in a year can help it get through a brutal market for computer sales.

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Groups: Feds Expanding Peanut Butter Probe

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Consumer groups say the government is expanding its investigation of peanut products in a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds and killed at least five.

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3 men held in Mass. election night church fire

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Three men were arrested Friday in connection with the torching of a predominantly black church in Springfield hours after Barack Obama won the presidential election.

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Left engine missing from jet ditched in Hudson

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Federal investigators said the left engine of the US Airways jetliner that ditched into the Hudson River was missing Friday as reports emerged that the pilot who safely landed the aircraft had considered an emergency landing at two airports. Police divers were using sonar to find the engine, which was believed to be in the water.

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Big Chill Clamps Down on Upper Midwest

Updated: 01/16/2009 - A bone-numbing Arctic blast drove temperatures down Friday to 11 below in parts of the Midwest and Northeast, closing schools to spare children from freezing at bus stops and prompting police to keep a watchful eye out for the homeless.

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Circuit City to Close 567 Remaining US Stores

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Bankrupt Circuit City Stores Inc., unable to work out a sale of the company, said Friday it will go out of business — closing its 567 U.S. stores and cutting 30,000 jobs.

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NY Driver, Passenger Switch Places; Both Drunk

Updated: 01/16/2009 - A drunken Long Island driver switched places with his passenger — but the new driver also was intoxicated. Suffolk County police said an officer spotted the driver and passenger stopped on the road and switching places early Thursday in Mount Sinai.

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Hungary Gorilla Recovering After Rare Surgery

Updated: 01/16/2009 - The Budapest Zoo says a 32-year-old female gorilla has undergone gynecological surgery, the first such operation in Hungary and rare even worldwide.

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Meeting of rarities at Carnegie Hall

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Samuel Barber's "Antony and Cleopatra" and the New York City Opera were a perfect match: Both had disappeared for long stretches.

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Israel to Vote Saturday on Gaza Truce

Updated: 01/16/2009 - Israel's Security Cabinet will vote Saturday night on an Egyptian proposal for a truce to end the 3-week-old offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers, a senior government official said.

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