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Ill. family thanks employees with surprise bonuses

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Even though employees at the Peer Bearing Co. no longer work for the Spungen family that recently sold the Waukegan-based ball bearings maker, they still received a turkey each this Thanksgiving in keeping with tradition.

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Expert: Small Ark. Earthquakes Could be Warning

Updated: 11/28/2008 - A series of small earthquakes that rattled central Arkansas in recent weeks could be a sign of something much bigger to come. By this weekend, seismologists hope to install three measurement devices to gather data about future temblors in the area.

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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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Thief Uses Lubricant to Swipe Ring on Woman's Hand

Updated: 11/28/2008 - 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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Space Shuttle Undocks from Space Station

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven departed the international space station on Friday, ending a 12-day visit that left the orbiting complex with more modern and deluxe living quarters for bigger crews.

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Group urges humane treatment of stray dogs in Iraq

Updated: 11/28/2008 - An animal rights group is urging Iraqi authorities to find better ways to eliminate stray dogs after 200 of them were killed in Baghdad this week by poisoned meat and rifles.

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Patients Treat Serious Illness as Laughing Matter

Updated: 11/28/2008 - The off-color jokes flew around the room. As the anecdotes got bawdier, the laughter intensified. Some recited from memory, others read from notebooks they brought along.

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Space shuttle undocks from space station

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven departed the international space station on Friday, ending a 12-day visit that left the orbiting complex with more modern and deluxe living quarters for bigger crews.

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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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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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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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Economy keeps more Americans home for Thanksgiving

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Scott Fuchs will spend Thanksgiving with his family in Florida like he's done for 20 years or so. But like thousands of other Americans, his brother is staying home — travel isn't possible after he was laid off from his job in Maryland.

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Mom: Verdict shows cyberbullies will be punished

Updated: 11/28/2008 - The mother of a girl who committed suicide at age 13 after being subjected to an Internet hoax says a woman's conviction in the case shows that people who bully others online will face consequences.

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Gold prices rise, oil almost unchanged

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Gold prices rose, but other precious metals and agricultural commodities dropped Friday as Wall Street added to its gains this week, while oil prices were mostly flat.

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Madonna's film about orphans to air on Sundance

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Madonna's awakening to the crisis in Malawi — an impoverished African nation where one million children are orphaned by AIDS — had many consequences.

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Scientists find meteor debris in Canada

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Scientists said Friday they had found remains of a meteor that illuminated the sky before falling to earth in western Canada earlier this month.

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Treasury bond market at a glance

Updated: 11/28/2008 - Key barometers in the Treasury market late Friday compared with late Wednesday. The U.S. bond market was closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. Price changes in the 10-year note and 30-year bond are per $1,000 invested.

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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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FBI agents ordered to India to investigate attacks

Updated: 11/28/2008 - The government ordered FBI agents Friday to fly to India to investigate the bloody Mumbai attacks that killed at least five Americans. U.S. citizens still in the city were warned their lives remain at risk.

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US urges an end to airport takeovers in Thailand

Updated: 11/28/2008 - The United States says it is "deeply concerned" about thousands of protesters who have occupied Thailand's airports in an anti-government campaign that marks the country's worst political crisis in decades.

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