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Stocks end short session with 5th straight gain

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Wall Street climbed again Friday, wrapping up its biggest five-day rally in more than 75 years, even as investors digested signs of a bleak holiday season for retailers and fears that a flurry of reports next week will show more economic distress.

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US Jewish, meditation groups' members die in India

Updated: 11/28/2008 - A New York couple who recognized the threat of terrorism in India but believed their mission of spreading Jewish pride was greater than the potential danger were slain in a series of attacks across Mumbai that have killed at least five Americans.

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Bush saddened by Americans killed in India attacks

Updated: 11/28/2008 - President Bush says his administration is working with the Indian government and other nations to learn about those responsible for the attacks in India and ensure the safety of those still under threat.

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Obama to broaden role of genetics in medical care

Updated: 11/28/2008 - For years, scientists have held out hope that the rapidly evolving field of genetics could transform medical diagnosis and treatment, moving beyond a trial-and-error approach as old as the Hippocratic Oath.

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Black Friday shoppers out in force, but cautious

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Shoppers, who had snapped their wallets shut since September, turned out in force Friday to grab early morning deals and hard-to-find items like Elmo Live and the "Wii Fit" exercise game, but many said worries about the economy have them focusing on fewer gifts and less expensive, more practical items.

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Europeans concerned about US climate commitment

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Despite widespread optimism that President-elect Barack Obama will adopt policies more to their liking, some European officials are preparing to be disappointed on global warming.

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Iowa cafe swamped with orders for 'Obama cookie'

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Ever since word spread about the president-elect and his family's fondness for Baby Boomers' chocolate chunk cookies, the small downtown restaurant can't bake them fast enough.

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Marine archaeologists find remains of slave ship

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Marine archaeologists have found the remains of a slave ship wrecked off the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1841, an accident that set free the ancestors of many current residents of those islands. Some 192 Africans survived the sinking of the Spanish ship Trouvadore off the British-ruled islands, where the slave trade was banned.

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French locate black boxes after Airbus A320 crash

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Search teams on Friday found the flight recorders from an Airbus A320 passenger jet that crashed off France's southern coast, killing two people and leaving five others missing and feared dead, officials said.

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Plumes spewing from Saturn moon may contain water

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Astronomers looking at the spectacular supersonic plumes of gas and dust shooting off one of Saturn's moons say there are strong hints of liquid water, a key building block of life.

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FDA sets safe level for melamine in infant formula

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Federal regulators set a safety threshold Friday for the industrial chemical melamine that is greater than the amount of contamination found so far in U.S.-made infant formula.

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Atlantic hurricane season blows away records

Updated: 11/28/2008 - - The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Sunday, seemed to strike the United States and Cuba as if on redial, setting at least five weather records for persistence and repeatedly striking the same areas.

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DNA ties suspect in Ark. anchor slaying to rape

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Forensic evidence gathered at the home of a slain television anchorwoman led police to a man now also suspected of raping a school teacher in eastern Arkansas, officials said Friday.

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Fed's emergency loan program increases activity

Updated: 11/28/2008 - The Federal Reserve boosted its lending to commercial banks and investment firms over the past week, indicating that a severe credit crisis was still squeezing the financial system.

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Pakistan spy chief to aid Mumbai investigation

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Pakistan scrambled Friday to avoid a dangerous crisis with India over the terror attacks in Mumbai, sending its spy chief to share intelligence and countering Indian charges that "elements in Pakistan" were behind the carnage.

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Indian forces fight last gunmen in Mumbai hotel

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Indian forces targeted the landmark Taj Mahal hotel with grenades and gunfire Saturday morning as suspected Muslim militants made a last stand, just hours after elite commandos stormed a Jewish outreach center and found six hostages dead.

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Gaza mortars wound 6 Israelis

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Palestinian militants in Gaza blasted a military base in southern Israel with mortars late Friday, wounding six soldiers in the latest assault on an unraveling truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

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Somali pirates hijack 1 ship, free another

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Somali pirates seized control of a chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden on Friday and a NATO helicopter gunship, too late to prevent the hijacking, picked up three security guards who jumped into the sea.

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Iraq's PM may be weakened by dealmaking over pact

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Parliament's approval of a security pact with the U.S. has propelled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki into a position of strength unsurpassed among Iraqi political leaders since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

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Ethiopia to withdraw from Somalia by end of year

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Ethiopia announced Friday that is pulling its forces from Somalia by year's end, leaving the ravaged capital vulnerable to the Islamic militants who have seized nearly all of the country.

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