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'Madagascar' roars with $63.5 million weekend

Posted: 11/09/2008 - LOS ANGELES – Families herded into movie theaters for another trek with stranded zoo animals as the animated sequel "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" led the weekend with a $63.5 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Wall Street turns to consumers to gauge economy

Posted: 11/09/2008 - NEW YORK – Wall Street heads into another turbulent week with investors set to pore over a government report on retail sales and earnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to get a better reading on the consumer.

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Obama to use executive orders for immediate impact

Posted: 11/09/2008 - WASHINGTON – President-elect Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office, perhaps reversing Bush administration policies on stem cell research and domestic drilling for oil and natural gas.

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New Coats for Local Foster Children

Updated: 11/09/2008 - The Topeka Active 20-30 Club teamed up with foster care agency KVC Behavioral HealthCare to provide 100 new coats to local foster children.

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Deutsche Post Ready to Cut Jobs, Costs in US

Posted: 11/09/2008 - Deutsche Post AG is poised to announce thousands of job cuts at its DHL Express operations in the United States, possibly as early as Monday, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

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Stars in the Sea: Ocean Census Finds New Wonders

Posted: 11/09/2008 - A city of brittle stars off the coast of New Zealand, an Antarctic expressway where octopuses ride along in a flow of extra salty water and a carpet of tiny crustaceans on the Gulf of Mexico sea floor are among the wonders discovered by researchers compiling a massive census of marine life.

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Churches Across America Reflect on Obama Election

Posted: 11/09/2008 - Jubilation, pride and relief permeated pews and pulpits at predominantly black churches across the country on the first Sunday after Barack Obama's election, with congregrants blowing horns, waving American flags and raising their hands from Raleigh to Los Angeles to the Atlanta church where the dream was born.

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GOP a Dying Breed in New England

Posted: 11/09/2008 - A generation ago the Republican Party was the dominant political force in New England, populating the region's congressional delegations with moderates like Connecticut's Lowell P. Weicker Jr. and Rhode Island's John Chafee.

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Accident on Russian Nuclear Sub Suffocates 20

Posted: 11/09/2008 - The fire safety system on a brand-new Russian nuclear submarine accidentally turned on as the sub was being tested in the Sea of Japan, spewing a gas that suffocated 20 people and sent 21 others to the hospital, officials said Sunday.

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Doctors Fight Cholera Oubreak in Eastern Congo

Posted: 11/09/2008 - Doctors struggled Sunday to contain an outbreak of cholera in a sprawling refugee camp near Congo's eastern provincial capital of Goma, as renewed fighting ignited fears that patients could scatter and launch an epidemic.

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Transition, Too, For Michelle Obama to First Lady

Posted: 11/09/2008 - Aides say publicly she is not interested in shaping policy or reserving a seat for herself at her husband's decision-making table. She prefers, at least for now, to focus on easing the transition for Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7 — getting them in new schools, settled and comfortable with a new way of life.

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Music Headphones Can Interfere With Heart Devices

Posted: 11/09/2008 - Have a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator? Don't keep your iPod earbuds in your shirt pocket or draped around your neck — even when they're disconnected. A study finds that some headphones can interfere with heart devices if held very close to them.

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Asphalt Shortage Delays Road Repairs Nationwide

Posted: 11/09/2008 - Expect a bumpier drive. An asphalt shortage is delaying road maintenance projects in communities nationwide. Asphalt is becoming scarce as U.S. refiners overhaul their equipment to maximize output of highly profitable fuels such as diesel and gasoline, using inexpensive — and hard to process — crude oil.

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Obama to Use Executive Orders For Immediate Impact

Posted: 11/09/2008 - President-elect Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office, perhaps reversing Bush administration policies on stem cell research and domestic drilling for oil and natural gas.

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Indonesia Security Tight After Executions

Posted: 11/09/2008 - Indonesia boosted security Sunday after three Islamic militants were executed for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. Emotional supporters thronged ambulances carrying their caskets through narrow streets, some shouting "God is great!" while calling for revenge.

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Cuba, In The Wake Of Paloma

Posted: 11/09/2008 - The first pictures coming out of Santa Cruz del Sur, where late-season Hurricane Paloma made landfall Saturday evening as a Category 3 storm, reveal a cat’s cradle of wooden beams and bricks - all that is left of this city of some 10,000 people.

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Cholesterol Drug May Cut Heart Attack Risk

Posted: 11/09/2008 - People with low cholesterol and no big risk for heart disease dramatically lowered their chances of dying or having a heart attack if they took the cholesterol pill Crestor, a large study found.

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'Madagascar' roars with $63.5 million weekend

Posted: 11/09/2008 - Families herded into movie theaters for another trek with stranded zoo animals as the animated sequel "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" led the weekend with a $63.5 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Transition, too, for Michelle Obama to first lady

Posted: 11/09/2008 - She's been compared to Jacqueline Kennedy, is every bit as high-powered as Hillary Rodham Clinton was and has praised Laura Bush's calm and rational approach to issues.

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Ariz. town offers support for accused boy's family

Posted: 11/09/2008 - People in this small, tight-knit community are reeling from the killing of a well-liked man police say was shot by his own 8-year-old son, and they will likely turn out in droves for his funeral.

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