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Ill. House impeaches gov, who vows 'not to yield'

Updated: 01/09/2009 - The Illinois House voted overwhelmingly Friday to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, setting up an unprecedented trial in the state Senate on whether he should be thrown out for abuse of power, including allegations that he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

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Mosquitoes Match Wing Beats Before Mating

Updated: 01/09/2009 - That annoying mosquito buzz turns out to be a love song, a discovery that Cornell University researchers say may be turned against the biting insects. Ronald R. Hoy and his colleagues found that mosquitoes that spread diseases like yellow and dengue fever alter their wing vibrations in a mating signal.

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Emphasis on Smooth Transition to New Cabinet

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Just minutes after George W. Bush took the oath of office eight years ago, he signed papers formally nominating 13 Cabinet-level officials. Several hours later, the Senate, meeting in a special Saturday session, confirmed seven Cabinet secretaries, including the heads of the key posts at State, Treasury and Defense.

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Ill. House impeaches gov, who vows 'not to yield'

Updated: 01/09/2009 - The Illinois House voted overwhelmingly Friday to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, setting up an unprecedented trial in the state Senate on whether he should be thrown out for abuse of power, including allegations that he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

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Explosion at Furniture Plant Injures 8

Updated: 01/09/2009 - An explosion at a southern Indiana wood laminate plant Friday sent eight workers to a hospital with injuries, collapsed walls and set dust on fire, authorities said.

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Revenue keeps falling at Atlantic City casinos

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Revenue at Atlantic City's 11 casinos took a record-breaking plunge last month — the final insult in a second straight down year for the resort city.

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Edgy China Blog Site Shut Amid Internet Porn Sweep

Updated: 01/09/2009 - China expanded an Internet cleanup campaign Friday, shutting down an edgy blog hosting site for apparently carrying "harmful comments" and naming more than a dozen sites containing pornography or other vulgar content.

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No cash for trash? French Quarter may stink again

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Since Hurricane Katrina, the beer-soaked, urine-splashed, puke-puddled French Quarter of old has been scrubbed clean. But with the city facing tough financial times, it may no longer be able to afford to pay for all the services of an army of sanitation workers who pick up after the partying.

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Sri Lankan Editor's Killing Condemned

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Foreign governments and human rights groups called Friday for a full investigation into the killing of a newspaper editor who was harshly critical of the government, saying the attack posed a severe threat to independent media in Sri Lanka.

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Obama mother-in-law to join family in White House

Updated: 01/09/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, is moving into the White House at least temporarily to join Michelle Obama and the two children, transition officials said Friday.

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Baltimore mayor indicted on theft, perjury charges

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted Friday on charges that she accepted illegal gifts during her time as mayor and City Council president, including travel, fur coats and gift cards intended for the poor that she allegedly used instead for a holiday shopping spree.

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Death toll rises to 9 from Costa Rica quake

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Helicopters plucked tourists from destroyed, mountaintop resorts as the death toll from Costa Rica's magnitude-6.1 earthquake rose to at least 9 victims, the Red Cross said Friday.

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Fla. conservatives fight transgender restroom rule

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A blond girl heads from a playground into a women's restroom. A scruffy man, lurking outside, darts in behind her. "Your City Commission Made This Legal," the words on the TV screen read. And it's true, sort of.

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Woman Allegedly Tries to Kill Hubby With Eye Drops

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A 40-year-old southwest Missouri woman is accused of trying to kill her husband by spiking his tea with a half bottle of Visine eye drops. Greene County deputies said the woman was jailed Thursday night on $100,000 bond on a first-degree assault charge.

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Masked Man Waits in Line to Rob Ohio Bank

Updated: 01/09/2009 - A man may have tipped his intentions when he stood in line at an Ohio bank wearing a ski mask before staging a holdup. Police in Stow near Akron say a 24-year-old man was arrested minutes later on Thursday following a brief car chase.

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Mosquitoes Match Wing Beats before Mating

Updated: 01/09/2009 - That annoying mosquito buzz turns out to be a love song, a discovery that Cornell University researchers say may be turned against the biting insects. Ronald R. Hoy and his colleagues found that mosquitoes that spread diseases like yellow and dengue fever alter their wing vibrations in a mating signal.

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Consumer group says FDA melamine guidelines unsafe

Updated: 01/09/2009 - The decision by the Food and Drug Administration to allow U.S.-manufactured infant formula contaminated with melamine or its byproducts onto store shelves is "seriously flawed" and medically risky because parents may feed their babies more than one product, scientists at the nonprofit group Consumers Union said Friday.

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Patrick Swayze Checks Into Hospital With Pneumonia

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Patrick Swayze has checked himself into the hospital for observation after contracting pneumonia, A&E President Abbe Raven announced Friday at a meeting of the Television Critics Association.

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Obama, Democrats look to revamp financial bailout

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Eager to shift the course of the government's financial sector bailout fund, President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats want to apply greater scrutiny and a more defined mission to the beleaguered $700 billion rescue program.

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