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China Blocks New York Times Web Site

Updated: 12/22/2008 - China has blocked access to The New York Times' Web site, the newspaper said Saturday, days after the central government defended its right to censor online content it deems illegal.

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Stocks Slip as Toyota Cuts Profit Outlook

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Wall Street began a holiday-shortened week cautiously Monday, slipping as investors reacted to a bleak outlook from Toyota Motor Corp. and disappointing earnings from drugstore operator Walgreen Co.

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Titans, Giants secure home-field for playoffs

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Tennessee and the New York Giants wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs by showing everyone what has made them the best in their conferences this season.

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Lonely man jumps into polar bear's cage in Berlin

Updated: 12/22/2008 - BERLIN (AP) -- A man jumped into the Berlin zoo enclosure of famed polar bear Knut on Monday, but officials were able to keep the animal away from the intruder by distracting him with a leg of beef, police said.

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Shoppers haggle for deals from desperate retailers

Updated: 12/22/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're looking for an extra bargain before the holidays, you may only have to ask. With holiday sales shaping up to be the lowest in years, possibly the worst since the industry began annual comparisons in 1969, retailers say they're taking consumers' demands for good deals seriously. Some are extending return policies, while others are matching competitors' prices. Many are volunteering on-the-spot discounts and even letting customers haggle prices well down from what's marked in a desperate bid to make the cash register ring.

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Stocks fluctuate as investors look for good news

Updated: 12/22/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street began a holiday-shortened week cautiously Monday, as stocks fell in light trading while investors reacted to a bleak outlook from Toyota Motor Corp. and disappointing earnings from drugstore operator Walgreen Co.

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Karzai presses top US military leader on buildup

Updated: 12/22/2008 - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- President Hamid Karzai pressed America's top military leader Monday on the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan as it prepares to pour up to 30,000 more forces into the country.

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Obama Review Set for Tuesday Release

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Tuesday is the day President-elect Barack Obama plans to reveal his staff's conversations with the Illinois governor's office accused of trying to sell his Senate seat.

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Investigators hunting clues in Denver jet accident

Updated: 12/22/2008 - DENVER (AP) -- Investigators returned to the charred wreckage of a Continental Airlines jet Monday in search of clues about why the plane veered off a runway in Denver and skidded into a shallow ravine.

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Police Investigating Sunday Night Robbery in Lawrence

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened in Lawrence Sunday night. Authorities received the call around nine thirty sunday night that the Phillips 66 on the 600 block of West 9th Street had been robbed.

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Caylee's Grandparents Expect No Charges

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The grandparents of Caylee Anthony, the 3-year-old Florida girl found dead last week after being missing since June, do not expect to be charged by authorities despite having several search warrants executed at their home, the family's lawyer said Monday.

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Toyota projects first operating loss since 1941

Updated: 12/22/2008 - NAGOYA, Japan (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. projected its first-ever operating loss since it began such reports, acknowledging Monday that its nine-year stretch of global vehicle-sales growth had stalled.

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U.S. Now Opposes Power Sharing In Zimbabwe

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The U.S. can no longer support a proposed Zimbabwean power-sharing deal that would leave Robert Mugabe, "a man who's lost it," as president, the top U.S. envoy for Africa told reporters Sunday.

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Politician Tries To Protect NYC's Pesky Parrots

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Polly want a New York City Council resolution? A Queens politician is drafting measures to protect Brooklyn's wild Quaker parrots, whose nests have caused power outages. Councilman Tony Avella wants to make it illegal to capture the parrots and wants the city to relocate their nests when necessary.

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Bitter cold, high winds chill Midwest, East

Updated: 12/22/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Bone-numbing cold spread Monday from the Midwest to the East, forcing millions to bundle up and scurry from place to place in a bid to spend as little time as possible outside.

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12 Decapitated Bodies Found In Mexico

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Authorities found the decapitated bodies of 12 men in the southern state of Guerrero on Sunday, and some of the victims have been identified as soldiers.

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Build-A-Bear Gives Away 20,000 Toys

Updated: 12/22/2008 - The Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots toy drive gets a boost with a big contribution from Build-A-Bear Workshop.

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Jet Crash Probe Continues In Colorado

Updated: 12/22/2008 - It was a miracle that no one was killed when an airliner veered sharply off a runway during takeoff, burst into flames and nearly broke apart, firefighters said Sunday.

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Sex No Longer Taboo Topic At Nursing Homes

Updated: 12/22/2008 - When Kansas State University sent researchers into nursing homes to find out how the topic of sex was being addressed, they initially found silence.

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Suspected U.S. Strikes Kill 8 In Pakistan

Updated: 12/22/2008 - Suspected U.S. missile strikes killed at least eight people Monday in volatile northwest Pakistan, officials and witnesses said.

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Woman Accused Under New Cyberbullying Law

Updated: 12/22/2008 - A 21-year-old woman accused of sending a vulgar text message to a 17-year-old girl is one of the first cases brought under a law against cyberbullying spurred by the suicide of a teenage girl following cruel messages on the Internet.

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