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Kansas Schools Using New Reading Tool

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Kansas Book Connect lists books that fit the reading level and interests of students by using annual reading scores and other student data. That information will be given to schools within the next few months .

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Stocks Give Back Gains after 2-day Rally

Updated: 12/09/2008 - Wall Street is giving back some of its gains from a two-day rally after negative outlooks from Texas Instruments Inc. and FedEx Corp. The companies' announcements reminded investors that the impact of the recession will be felt for some time.

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More Violence Wracks Greece Before Teen's Funeral

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Hundreds of teenagers fought police in front of Parliament Tuesday as mourners gathered to pay respects to a 15-year-old boy whose shooting by officers set off three days of rioting across Greece.

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Thunder, Flames in San Diego as Jet Crash Kills 3

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Residents near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar are accustomed to loud, low-flying military jets, but they immediately knew something was wrong when they heard the skies thunder. The explosions came moments later.

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Pelosi Likes Idea Of 'Car Czar' To Audit Bailout

Updated: 12/09/2008 - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touted the notion of a 'car czar' to supervise an auto industry bailout, saying Tuesday that Big Three executives haven't adapted well to changing conditions.

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Stocks Head Toward Third Session of Gains

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Wall Street pointed to a third straight session of gains on Tuesday as investors held on to hopes that the government will reach an agreement to rescue U.S. automakers.

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'Car Czar' may Oversee Auto Industry Restructuring

Posted: 12/09/2008 - A federal "car czar" would oversee a government-run restructuring of U.S. auto companies in return for a $15 billion bailout of the beleaguered industry under an emerging deal between the White House and Congress.

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World Markets Cement Monday's Hefty Gains

Posted: 12/09/2008 - World markets were slightly higher Tuesday as investors continued to buy up battered stocks on the back of renewed hopes that governments will enact meaningful fiscal measures to limit the length and depth of the global recession.

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Sony Slashing 8,000 Jobs Amid Global Downturn

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Sony is slashing 8,000 jobs, or 4 percent of its global work force, aiming to cut costs by $1.1 billion a year as a global downturn and stronger yen batters profits at the Japanese electronics maker.

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Scientists Find Nutty Risk Reducer: Eat More Nuts

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Here's a health tip in a nutshell: Eating a handful of nuts a day for a year - along with a Mediterranean diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fish - may help undo a collection of risk factors for heart disease.

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Oprah Winfrey says she Weighs 200 Pounds

Posted: 12/09/2008 - When it comes to her weight, Oprah Winfrey has always been straightforward. The talk show queen continues the honesty, saying in the January issue of "O" magazine out Tuesday that she now weighs 200 pounds and has "fallen off the wagon" when it comes to healthy living.

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Pakistan Intesifies Crackdown On Mumbai Suspects

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Pakistan has intensified its crackdown on a militant group suspected in the Mumbai terror attacks by arresting 20 more people but will not hand any of its citizens over to India, officials said Tuesday.

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Jay Leno Staying on NBC in Prime-time

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Jay Leno is staying at NBC, and he's moving to prime time. The network announced on the "Today" show Tuesday that Leno will host a show on weeknights at 10 p.m. Eastern, after he leaves the "Tonight" show.

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New Violence Wracks Greece Ahead Of Teen's Funeral

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Hundreds of teenage protesters pelted police with rocks and scuffled with officers in front of Parliament Tuesday before the funeral of a 15-year-old boy whose shooting by police set off three days of rioting across Greece.

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Confessions Throw Gitmo 9/11 Trials Into Confusion

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said Monday he will confess to masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks, throwing his death-penalty trial into disarray and shocking victims' relatives who watched from behind a glass partition.

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Cruise Ship Evacuated Due To Somali Pirate Threat

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Hundreds of passengers on a round-the-world cruise will disembark before reaching waters off Somalia and fly to Dubai to avoid pirates, German cruise operator Hapag-Lloyd said Tuesday.

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Calling In 'Gay' To Work Is Latest Form Of Protest

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Some same-sex marriage supporters are urging people to "call in gay" Wednesday to show how much the country relies on gays and lesbians, but others question whether it's wise to encourage skipping work given the nation's economic distress.

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