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Rookie drug-sniffing dog helps find big pot stash

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Not bad for a rookie. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says a drug-sniffing patrol dog on its first night on duty Tuesday helped its handler find a 477-pound load of marijuana.

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Vatican irked by `blasphemous' Israel TV show

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The Vatican said Friday it has formally complained to the Israeli government about a private Israeli TV show that ridiculed Jesus and Mary in an "offensive act of intolerance."

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Russia, though absent, looms large at NATO talks

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The new Obama administration wants to start fresh with Russia and the time is near to resume wider NATO cooperation with Moscow despite its invasion of Georgia last summer, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

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US soldier guilty of murder in deaths of 4 Iraqis

Posted: 02/20/2009 - A U.S. Army medic was convicted of murder Friday for his involvement in the execution-style slayings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqi detainees shot in the back of the head in the spring of 2007.

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Obama warns mayors not to waste stimulus money

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Invoking his own name-and-shame policy, President Barack Obama warned the nation's mayors on Friday that he will "call them out" if they waste the money from his massive economic stimulus plan.

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Buffalo crash investigator once held nuclear codes

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The public face of the probe into the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 is a 62-year-old former Air Force fighter pilot and stunt flyer deemed so trustworthy he once carried the nuclear codes for President Ronald Reagan.

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Adviser's role at issue in Tribune bankruptcy

Posted: 02/20/2009 - A bankruptcy judge will consider whether Tribune Co. can hire a financial advisory firm that worked for one of the company's chief newspaper rivals.

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Mexican cop killed as chief pressured to quit

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Gunmen killed a police officer and a jail guard Friday and left signs on their bodies saying they had fulfilled a promise to slay at least one officer every 48 hours until the Ciudad Juarez police chief resigns.

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Spain: Judge Garzon hospitalized

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Baltasar Garzon, a workaholic Spanish judge who has taken on Islamic extremists, Basque separatists and a Latin American dictator, was hospitalized Friday after an anxiety attack caused his blood pressure to shoot up, a court official said.

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Co-op: FEMA Will 'Probably' OK Repair Funds

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The head of Ark Valley Electric Cooperative General Manager Bob Hall says he's learned that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will "probably'' approve a $34.5 million request to cover ice storm repairs.

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Mice Overrun Fla. Courthouse, Fall from Ceiling

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Court employees and lawyers say the rodents scuttle down corridors, munch legal papers and scratch behind the walls. Last week, one mouse ran around a courtroom floor for an hour during a burglary trial.

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Kyrgyzstan Issues Eviction Notice to Key US Base

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Kyrgyzstan ordered U.S. forces on Friday to depart within six months from an air base key to military operations in Afghanistan, complicating plans to send more troops to battle rising Taliban and al-Qaida violence.

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Netanyahu Tapped for Israeli PM

Posted: 02/20/2009 - President Shimon Peres' decision to tap Netanyahu ended days of speculation and gave Netanyahu six weeks to put together a ruling coalition. The question now is whether Netanyahu will form a narrow government with his hard-line allies or a broad government along with Livni.

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J.C. Penney Reports 51% Slide in 4Q Profit

Posted: 02/20/2009 - J.C. Penney Co. reported a 51% drop in fourth-quarter profit on Friday as customers sharply cut spending on clothing and other more discretionary items. The department store chain also projected a wider first-quarter loss than analysts had predicted.

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Wall Street Falls Sharply at Opening

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Wall Street is falling in early trading, reaching new six-year lows as investors around the world keep selling on growing pessimism about the global economy.

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January Rise in Consumer Prices Largest Since July

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Consumer prices rose by the most in six months in January, propelled by higher energy costs. But over the past year inflation has been flat, the lowest reading in more than a half-century.

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