Posted: 04/25/2008 - Former SNL'er Jimmy Fallon appears to be inching closer to Conan O'Brien's "Late Night" chair. For months, Fallon has been widely considered the top choice to succeed O'Brien when he steps down next year. On Thursday, published reports said Fallon has signed, or soon will sign, a deal with NBC.
Posted: 04/25/2008 - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. swung to a profit in the first quarter by focusing on higher-priced tires and international markets. The results from the biggest U.S.-based tiremaker beat Wall Street expectations and its shares rose nearly 3 percent in premarket trading.
Posted: 04/25/2008 - Oprah might want to nail down her furniture. Tom Cruise is scheduled to return to "The Oprah Winfrey Show," nearly three years after a couch-jumping appearance that spawned countless YouTube parodies and late-night jokes.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - The famous film actor gets the max in a Florida courtroom, after a judge says the "Blade" star showed "contempt over a period of time" for the nation's tax laws.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - The Democrats' seemingly unending battle to pick a nominee for the White House is taking a toll on the public, with growing numbers saying this year's presidential campaign is too negative and has lasted too long.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - A new federal rule will require government contractors to disclose whether they owe federal taxes or have violated federal criminal tax laws following congressional investigations that found companies owing millions of dollars were still getting government contracts.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Jennifer Lopez is no stranger to reality television: She's made cameos on Fox's "American Idol" and MTV's "DanceLife," which she produced, about six aspiring dancers struggling to make it. Lopez has signed on to star in an unscripted series for TLC following the stylish actress-singer-dancer-businesswoman as she juggles her career with mommy duty.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Megan Fox is the sexiest woman in the world - at least according to FHM magazine. The "Transformers" co-star tops FHM's annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll of FHM readers. The 21-year-old model-actress beat out the likes of Angelina Jolie (No. 12), Rihanna (No. 14), Kim Kardashian (No. 17), Paris Hilton (No. 77) and last year's champion, Jessica Alba (No. 3).
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Dancing bears, meet the Banana Slugs. The surviving members of the Grateful Dead are turning over the rock band's archives to the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Orlando Brown, a star of Disney Channel's "That's So Raven," has been found a day after his publicist reported him missing. The 20-year-old actor and aspiring musician disappeared Tuesday morning without word. He re-emerged Wednesday and issued a lengthy statement.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - An actress and writer who said she was Norman Mailer's former longtime mistress has sold papers that include lengthy accounts of their sex life and hand-edited drafts of her writing to Harvard University, Mailer's alma mater.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - North Korea expressed optimism Thursday over talks this week with a U.S. delegation on its nuclear program, raising hopes of breaking the impasse that has deadlocked arms negotiations.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Yoko Ono is suing the producers of a movie that challenges the concept of Darwinian evolution, saying they used the song "Imagine" without her permission and led the blogosphere to accuse her of "selling out."
Posted: 04/24/2008 - A shipment of Chinese weapons headed for troubled Zimbabwe will be returned to China because there is no way to deliver it to the landlocked country in southern Africa, China said Thursday.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Dow Chemical Co. on Thursday reported a 3 percent drop in first-quarter profit because of higher feedstock and energy costs, but still managed to top Wall Street's expectations.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - The foreign ministry says Pakistan has protested to NATO and Afghan authorities over a skirmish that killed at least nine people. In a pre-dawn battle Wednesday, militants attacked an Afghan border post across from Pakistan's Bajur tribal area. During the melee, Pakistani and Afghan troops also traded fire.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - German lawmakers Thursday overwhelmingly approved a new European Union treaty - a document Chancellor Angela Merkel described as providing a "new foundation" for the bloc. The lower house of parliament voted 515-58 to approve the so-called Lisbon Treaty, easily clearing the necessary two-thirds majority
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Excess water in a tunnel in Kansas City, Kansas caused a boat to capsize leaving four construction workers trapped. According to the Kansas City Star, all four were treated for hypothermia at the scene and released.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Nintendo Co.'s net profit surged 47.7 percent to a record high, powered by strong sales of software and accessories for its popular Wii video game console and brisk sales of its DS handheld devices.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Starbucks Corp. warned Wednesday that its second-quarter earnings would fall short of analysts' expectations due to the weak U.S. economy and the cost of its turnaround plan.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Japan will not impose a blanket ban on U.S. beef imports, despite the discovery of a spinal column in a meat shipment from an American processing plant, a government spokesman said Thursday.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Credit Suisse Group on Thursday posted a $2.1 billion loss for the first quarter as the global effects of the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis continued to spread.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Detroit police say they've found the partially mummified body of a woman in her 80s on the kitchen floor of a house where her mentally troubled sister was living.
Posted: 04/24/2008 - Widespread areas of heavy rain were forecast Thursday from the Lower Mississippi Valley through the Upper Midwest. Powerful thunderstorms were likely across a region extending from eastern Texas through western Missouri.