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Rapper TI Sentenced To Weapons Charges

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A judge has sentenced Rapper T.I. to one year and a day behind bars on federal weapons charges. The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was sentenced Friday.

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Dam Bursts Near Indonesian Capital; 58 Dead

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Torrential rain caused a colonial-era dam to burst outside the Indonesian capital early Friday, sending a wall of muddy water crashing into a densely packed neighborhood and killing at least 58 people.

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Fierce Storms Hit South Again; 1 Injured In La.

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Fierce thunderstorms rolled across the South on Friday for a second day, kicking up a tornado in Alabama that overturned a mobile home. Meanwhile, residents in a south Mississippi community cleaned up after a twister that injured 28 people a day earlier.

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Red River Tops Historic Marker, Undermines Dike

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The Red River rose to a daunting 112-year high early Friday and breached one of the dikes fortifying the city, but the mayor pledged to "go down swinging" as he called for more evacuations and additional National Guard troops to prevent a devastating flood.

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China Marks 50 Years Since Exile of Dalai Lama

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Testimonials about the misery of life in old Tibet kicked off celebrations Friday for the newest holiday on China's political calendar — an anniversary that marks the communist government's overturning of the region's feudal hierarchy.

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Japan OKs Deployment Of Missile Defense Program

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Japan's military mobilized Friday to protect the country from any threat if North Korea's looming rocket launch fails, ordering two missile-equipped destroyers to the Sea of Japan and sending batteries of Patriot missile interceptors to protect the northern coastline.

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Suicide Attack Kills 48 At Pakistani Mosque

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A suicide bomber demolished a mosque packed with hundreds of worshippers attending Friday prayers near the Afghan border, killing at least 48 people and injuring scores more, in the bloodiest attack in Pakistan this year.

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Alaska Volcano Erupts Twice, Sends Ash 12 Miles Up

Updated: 03/27/2009 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska's Mount Redoubt erupted several times Thursday, spewing a more than 12-mile-high cloud that could drop ash on Anchorage for the first time since the volcano began erupting Sunday night.

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Lights Out In 84 Countries For Earth Hour 2009

Updated: 03/27/2009 - CHICAGO -- The lights are going down from the Great Pyramids to the Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower to Sears Tower, as more than 2,800 municipalities in 84 countries plan Saturday to mark the second worldwide Earth Hour.

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Japan OKs Deployment Of Missile Defense System

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Japan's military mobilized Friday to protect the country from any threat if North Korea's looming rocket launch fails, ordering two missile-equipped destroyers to the Sea of Japan and sending batteries of Patriot missile interceptors to protect the northern coastline.

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Obama Says Automakers Need 'Drastic Changes'

Updated: 03/27/2009 - President Barack Obama plans to announce a new aid package for General Motors and Chrysler in the coming days and says the carmakers must make "pretty drastic changes" to save their industry.

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Red River Tops Historic Marker, Undermines Dike

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The Red River broke a 112-year-old record early Friday and was eroding a dike in an area south of downtown, forcing authorities to issue a mandatory evacuation order covering about 150 homes.

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Bomb Kills Nearly 50 At Pakistan Mosque

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque packed with hundreds of worshippers for Friday prayers in a town near the Afghan border, killing at least 48 people and injuring scores more, officials said.

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Sluggish Economy Spurs Depression

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Job losses and savings slumps have a lot of people worried. For some, it's even sparking full-blown depression, but people can get help.

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Tough Financial Rules Proposed — Will they Work?

Updated: 03/26/2009 - The Obama administration's aggressive plan for strict scrutiny of hedge funds and other freewheeling investors, part of the biggest expansion of financial restraints since the Great Depression, is drawing instant opposition from Republican lawmakers and the rules' targets. And skeptics are questioning whether the new rulebook would work anyway.

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Not Worth a Spit? Dubai Targets Popular Asian Chew

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Be warned: Spitting here could get you deported. We're not talking just any kind of spit. In this case, it's the red-tinted juice of a popular Asian leaf that's causing the fuss as Dubai tries to buff the image of its less-posh districts.

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Interviews Support Israeli Army Misconduct in Gaza

Updated: 03/26/2009 - When Israeli soldiers expelled Abir Hijeh, her five children and their neighbors from homes in a Gaza war zone, she said they warned her in broken Arabic: Go south or you might get shot.

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Afghan Intel Chief: Pakistan Spies Support Taliban

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Afghanistan's intelligence chief accused Pakistan's spy agency of helping Taliban militants carry out attacks in his country, highlighting one of the biggest challenges facing the Obama administration as it prepared Thursday to launch a new strategy for the Afghan conflict.

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Officials: Madonna Trying to Adopt Malawian Child

Updated: 03/26/2009 - Madonna is planning to adopt a second child from Malawi, officials said Thursday, but questions have already been raised over whether the newly divorced pop star will face obstacles because of her single mom status.

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GM Says 7,500 Hourly Workers Decide to Leave

Updated: 03/26/2009 - About 7,500 General Motors Corp. workers — roughly 12 percent of the automaker's U.S. hourly work force — have signed up to take buyout and early retirement incentives to leave the company, GM said Thursday.

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