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NY Firefighter Killed In Blaze

Updated: 11/23/2008 - An experienced firefighter stretching a hose to a home's burning attic was killed early Sunday when a ceiling collapsed, throwing him to the floor and knocking off his helmet and oxygen mask.

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Obama Names Gibbs Press Secretary

Updated: 11/23/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday named longtime spokesman Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary and reached outside his inner circle for the post of White House communications director.

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Investors Still Nervous Despite Friday Uptick

Updated: 11/23/2008 - Since the Nov. 4 election, investors have been abandoning stocks in a kind of slow-motion crash that experts say underlines just how anxious they are about what is likely to be a long and deep recession.

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Obama Pledges To Fight Terrorism In Middle East

Updated: 11/23/2008 - U.S. President-elect Barack Obama pledged in a telephone conversation with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to increase U.S. aid to Afghanistan and said fighting terrorism in the region would be a top priority, Karzai's office said Sunday.

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"Slinky" Company Co-Founder Dies

Updated: 11/23/2008 - Betty James, who co-founded the company that made the Slinky and beat the odds as a single mother in the late 1950s to become a successful executive, has died. She was 90.

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Astronauts Try To Work Out Kinks in Urine Machine

Updated: 11/23/2008 - Astronauts hope they have a solution for getting a pivotal piece of equipment working so it can convert urine and sweat into drinkable water and allow the international space station to grow to six crew members.

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Man Kills 1, Injures 1 at Washington Mall

Updated: 11/23/2008 - Police on Sunday were searching for a gunman who opened fire in a packed Seattle-area shopping mall, killing one man and critically injuring another, before apparently slipping away in a crowd of panicked shoppers.

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Bush Wraps Up Final Summit with World Leaders

Updated: 11/23/2008 - President George W. Bush, wrapping up his final summit with world leaders, offered a message of hope that despite the worst economic crisis in decades, the global economy will emerge in better shape.

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JFK anniversary marked at Dallas shooting site

Updated: 11/22/2008 - About 500 people crowded Saturday into the plaza where John F. Kennedy was shot 45 years ago, all agreeing it was right to remember a pivotal moment in American history, even if they didn't all believe the official line.

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Obama picks his communications team

Updated: 11/22/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's transition team announced several key appointments to his communications team Saturday.

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Two men shot at mall near Seattle

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Two men were in serious condition Saturday evening after shootings at a shopping center in Tukwila, Washington, authorities said.

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Segway inventor touts island as an energy model

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Energy independence is still only a hypothetical goal for the U.S., but the owner of a tiny island off the coast of Connecticut says he has already achieved that feat and is offering his work as a model.

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No charges planned in Maine 'shotgun pool' sign

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Authorities in Maine say no charges are planned against the owner of a store where a sign invited customers to bet on a date when President-elect Barack Obama would be assassinated.

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Screen Actors Guild to seek strike authorization

Updated: 11/22/2008 - The Screen Actors Guild said Saturday it will ask its members to authorize a strike after its first contract talks in four months with Hollywood studios failed despite the help of a federal mediator.

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Nepal's Buddha boy returns to jungle to meditate

Updated: 11/22/2008 - A Nepalese teenager revered by many as a reincarnation of Buddha has returned to the jungle to meditate after emerging for less than two weeks, officials said Saturday.

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Investor fear remains deep despite 1-day rally

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Since the Nov. 4 election, investors have been abandoning stocks in a kind of slow-motion crash that experts say underlines just how anxious they are about what is likely to be a long and deep recession.

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Obama names longtime spokesman Gibbs press chief

Updated: 11/22/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday named longtime spokesman Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary and reached outside his inner circle for the post of White House communications director.

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Kansas Masonic Foundation Helps Prevent Cancer

Updated: 11/22/2008 - TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Masonic Foundation is helping prevent cancer by providing free screenings across the state. Saturday, the foundation offered local screenings with the help of staff from the University of Kansas Medical Center. They checked for skin, prostate and breast cancer, along with bone density screenings. This is the 6th year that the Kansas Masonic Foundation has sponsored this event.

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CASA's Homes for the Holidays Tour

Updated: 11/22/2008 - TOPEKA, Kan. - Court Appointed Special Advocates is holding the 21'st annual Home for the Holiday's Tour. Four homes are open to the public for a small fee. Several businesses and individuals helped decorate the homes with holiday flair. All proceeds benefit CASA, an organization that helps abused and neglected children have a voice in the legal system.

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4 dead in Colombia volcano eruption

Updated: 11/22/2008 - Authorities say at least four people have died in landslides triggered by a volcanic eruption in southwestern Colombia.

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Amid Economic Crisis, U.S. In Giving Mood

Updated: 11/22/2008 - As more Americans turn to charity amid worsening economic gloom, operators of food banks and other aid groups are relying on the surprisingly resilient generosity of their neighbors and finding that even when times are tough, people still give.

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