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Guyana to close Net cafes that offer cheap calls

Updated: 11/30/2008 - The South American country of Guyana plans to close hundreds of Internet cafes that it accuses of bypassing the telephone company system to offer cheap international calls.

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Food crunch opens doors to bioengineered crops

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Zeng Yawen's outdoor laboratory in the terraced hills of southern China is a trove of genetic potential - rice that thrives in unusually cool temperatures, high altitudes or in dry soil; rice rich in calcium, vitamins or iron.

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Thief uses lubricant to swipe ring on woman's hand

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Police said a thief used a Vaseline-like lubricant to swipe an expensive ring off an elderly woman's hand in broad daylight. Authorities said two men bumped 80-year-old Helen Artim's car, then asked her to open her trunk to check for damage.

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TiVo reports profit in fiscal 3Q

Updated: 11/30/2008 - TiVo Inc. recorded a profit for its latest quarter because of a $105 million payment it received in a patent suit, but revenue declined, the maker of digital video recorders said Tuesday.

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Blockbuster to rent through new on-demand device

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Blockbuster Inc. will start renting movies and television shows through a new gadget that may give consumers another reason to bypass the struggling video chain's 7,500 stores.

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Sling.com like video site Hulu with a twist

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Since its launch in March, video-streaming site Hulu has become a popular place to catch TV shows, video clips and movies for free on the Web.

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Black Friday traffic takes down Sears.com

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Sears.com was inaccessible to U.S. shoppers for two hours on Friday in what was the most notable Web hiccup of the holiday gift-buying season's official start.

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Online retailers ramp up deals to capture dollars

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Online retailers are ramping up heavy-duty deals to turn skittish shoppers into buyers during the crucial Thanksgiving weekend and "Cyber Monday" - but even so, online sales are expected to be fairly flat after years of strong growth.

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Shoppers cautious with gadget buys on Black Friday

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Consumer electronics have long been among the most popular holiday gifts, with fierce competition among shoppers for day-after-Thanksgiving deals on flat-screen TVs and laptop computers.

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51 protesters wounded in Thailand explosions

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Attackers set off explosions at anti-government protest sites Sunday, wounding 51 people and raising fears of widening confrontations in Thailand's worst political crisis that has strangled its economy and shut down its main airports.

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Giants receiver Burress shoots self in right thigh

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh and spent the night in the hospital, another dramatic turn in a tumultuous season in which the star New York Giants receiver has been fined and suspended.

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US training Iraqis to defeat deadly roadside bombs

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Two Iraqi soldiers acting as insurgents hook up a cellular phone detonator to a 155mm artillery shell with a coiled red wire, bury the mock bomb in a pile of dirt next to a rusty electricity pole and then disappear down the street.

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China pledges to fight AIDS discrimination

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Chinese health authorities and the U.N. AIDS agency pledged to fight discrimination against people with the disease in China with the unveiling Sunday of a massive red ribbon, the symbol of AIDS awareness, at the Olympic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing.

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51 protesters wounded in Thailand explosions

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Attackers set off explosions at anti-government protest sites Sunday, wounding 51 people and raising fears of widening confrontations in Thailand's worst political crisis that has strangled its economy and shut down its main airports.

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Plea deal offered to 8-year-old murder suspect

Updated: 11/30/2008 - Prosecutors have offered a plea deal to an 8-year-old boy charged with murder in the shooting deaths of his father and another man in their eastern Arizona home, court records show.

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Early data shows strong Black Friday shopping

Updated: 11/30/2008 - The holiday shopping season got off to a surprisingly solid start, according to data released Saturday by a research firm. But the sales boost during the post-Thanksgiving shopathon came at the expense of profits as the nation's retailers had to slash prices to attract the crowds in a season that is expected to be the weakest in decades.

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Deal on donors paves way for Clinton Cabinet post

Updated: 11/30/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama planned to nominate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as his secretary of state on Monday, transforming a once-bitter political rivalry into a high-level strategic and diplomatic partnership.

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