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Obama Plunges Into Econ Talks, Predicts Approval

Updated: 01/05/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama plunged into rare pre-inaugural crisis talks with congressional leaders Monday, declaring the national economy was "bad and getting worse" and embracing tax cuts now expected to reach $300 billion. He predicted lawmakers would approve a mammoth revitalization package within two weeks of his taking office.

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Burris Says He's Senator — But Dems Won't Seat Him

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Senate Democrats struggled to avert a showdown steeped in race and corruption Monday as a defiant Roland Burris declared, "I'm a United States senator" and flew to the capital to claim President-elect Barack Obama's old seat in Congress.

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Investors Collect Profits After Last Week's Rally

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Caution returned to Wall Street Monday as investors gave back some gains from last week's rally even as they found encouragement from President-elect Barack Obama's calls for an economic stimulus package.

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Franken on Top in Minn. Recount; Coleman to Sue

Updated: 01/05/2009 - A Minnesota board on Monday certified results showing Democrat Al Franken winning the state's U.S. Senate recount over Republican Norm Coleman, whose lawyer promised a legal challenge that probably will keep the race in limbo for months.

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QVC Will Sell Memorabilia at Obama Inauguration

Updated: 01/05/2009 - QVC is traveling to Washington to mark President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration this month — and is bringing along plenty of coins, stamps, jewelry and even a small handbag to sell.

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FBI Tapes Might Elude Illinois Impeachment Panel

Updated: 01/05/2009 - State legislators weighing evidence against Gov. Rod Blagojevich may finish their work before getting any tapes of the governor's conversations that were made secretly by the FBI, attorneys indicated Monday.

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`Dark Knight' Vies For Producers Guild Best Pic

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight," slighted in earlier Hollywood honors, was among best-picture nominees Monday for the Producers Guild of America Awards.

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Even in Recession, CES to Have Stuff Worth Seeing

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The recession figures to tone down the flashiness of this week's International Consumer Electronics Show, but the lineup of innovative products likely will measure up to those of past years.

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Milky Way — the Galaxy — Not Snack-sized Anymore

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Take that, Andromeda! For decades, astronomers thought when it came to the major galaxies in Earth's cosmic neighborhood, our Milky Way was a weak sister to the larger Andromeda. Not anymore.

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Prosecutor Wants Madoff Jailed Without Bail

Updated: 01/05/2009 - A prosecutor on Monday asked that Bernard Madoff be jailed pending trial, saying the disgraced financier violated an agreement with the court by mailing watches, jewelry, cufflinks and mittens worth more than $1 million to relatives and friends.

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FBI Tapes Might Elude Illinois Impeachment Panel

Updated: 01/05/2009 - State legislators weighing evidence against Gov. Rod Blagojevich may finish their work before getting any tapes of the governor's conversations that were made secretly by the FBI, attorneys indicated Monday.

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Gaza Civilian Toll Rises; Diplomats Seek Truce

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Israel ignored mounting international calls for a cease-fire Monday and said it won't stop its crippling 10-day assault until "peace and tranquility" are achieved in southern Israeli towns in the line of Palestinian rocket fire.

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Records Reveal Anguish of Anthrax Suspect's Wife

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Anthrax mailing suspect Bruce Ivins tormented his wife with rudeness and behaved erratically in the weeks before the Army scientist took his own life by overdosing on Tylenol, according to documents released Monday.

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Milky Way — The Galaxy — Not Snack-Sized Anymore

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Take that, Andromeda! For decades, astronomers thought when it came to the major galaxies in Earth's cosmic neighborhood, our Milky Way was a weak sister to the larger Andromeda. Not anymore. The Milky Way is considerably larger, bulkier and spinning faster than astronomers once thought, Andromeda's equal.

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Death Certificate: Travolta Son Killed By Seizure

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Jett Travolta's body shows no sign of head trauma and his death certificate says he was killed by a seizure, an undertaker said Monday, after doctors performed an autopsy on the 16-year-old son of the U.S actor.

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Police: Mexican Woman in Wheelchair Flees on Foot

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Police say a woman who begged from a wheelchair was caught running from a crime scene on foot in Monterrey, Mexico. Police spokeswoman Sidlayin Robles says 30-year-old Ana Victoria Perez fled on foot after she and her husband allegedly threw a stone through the front window of a furniture store.

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Boy, 4, Shoots Babysitter For Stepping on His Foot

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Police say an angry 4-year-old Ohio boy grabbed a gun from a closet and shot his baby sitter. Nathan Beavers, 18, was hospitalized Sunday with minor wounds to his arm and side after the shotgun attack. Police say another teen was also injured.

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Bush to Establish 3 Marine Monuments in Pacific

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Parts of three remote and uninhabited Pacific island chains are being set aside by President George W. Bush as national monuments to protect them from oil and gas extraction and commercial fishing in what will be the largest marine conservation effort in history.

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Apple's Jobs Has Hormone Imbalance, Will Stay CEO

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs, a survivor of pancreatic cancer whose gaunt appearance in the past year has alarmed the Mac and iPod lovers who look to him as an oracle, said Monday he has an easily treated hormone imbalance and will remain in charge of the company.

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Obama Says His Plan With Tax Cuts to Get Quick OK

Updated: 01/05/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama plunged into rare pre-inaugural crisis talks with congressional leaders Monday, declaring the national economy was "bad and getting worse" and embracing tax cuts now expected to reach $300 billion. He predicted lawmakers would approve a mammoth revitalization package within two weeks of his taking office.

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Obama's intel picks short on direct experience

Updated: 01/05/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's decision to fill the nation's top intelligence jobs with two men short on direct experience in intelligence gathering surprised the spy community and signaled the Democrat's intention for a clean break from Bush administration policies.

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7 hospitals in NY accused of $50M Medicaid fraud

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Four hospitals in New York state paid kickbacks to get more patients into their drug treatment programs, which billed Medicaid for services that weren't standard or necessary and lacked state certification, lawsuits allege.

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Diplomats Seek Truce as Gaza's Civilian Toll Rises

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Israel ignored mounting international calls for a cease-fire Monday and said it won't stop its crippling 10-day assault until "peace and tranquility" are achieved in southern Israeli towns in the line of Palestinian rocket fire. Friendly fire killed three Israeli soldiers.

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