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Earthquake Mutes Protests of Beijing Olympics

Posted: 05/23/2008 - China's deadly earthquake may have saved the Beijing Olympics. Just a few weeks ago, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge described the games as "in crisis."

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Mexico Homicides Jump 47 Percent

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Homicides related to organized crime jumped 47 percent in 2008, Mexico's attorney general said Friday in a rare confirmation of how bad violence has become.

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GM: Strikes Will cost it $2B Pretax in 2Q

Posted: 05/23/2008 - General Motors Corp.'s stock dropped almost 5 percent Friday after the company reported that strikes at some of its own plants and parts supplier American Axle will cost the automaker about $2 billion before taxes in the second quarter.

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Pastor Says Parting with McCain Best for Both

Posted: 05/23/2008 - A well-known Texas pastor and televangelist said Friday his life's work has been "mischaracterized and attacked" in the media storm over his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

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Clinton Regrets Kennedy Assassination Remark

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton quickly apologized Friday after citing the June 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy as a reason to remain in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination despite increasingly long odds.

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Canadian Detainee at Guantanamo Wins Document Access

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Canada's government violated the constitution when it gave American officials the results of interviews conducted with a Canadian detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison, the nation's top court said Friday.

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Stocks Fall as Oil Prices Stir Economic Worries

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Wall Street ended a week of big losses with more selling Friday as rising oil prices again raised worries that strained consumers will cut back spending and hurt the overall economy. The Dow Jones industrials fell nearly 150 points in the final session before the three-day holiday weekend.

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Existing Home Sales Drop in April by 1 Percent

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Existing home sales fell for the eighth time in the past nine months, a string of weakness expected to continue as the housing industry, mired in its worst slump in decades, battles falling home prices, tight lending conditions and a weak economy.

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September Date Set for Spector's 2nd Murder Trial

Posted: 05/23/2008 - A judge who is waiting for a state Supreme Court decision on whether he will preside over Phil Spector's second murder trial went ahead Thursday and scheduled it to begin in September.

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Clashes in Turkey's southeast kills 4

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Three Kurdish rebels and one government-paid village guard were killed in two clashes in southeast Turkey, according to authorities and news reports Friday. Turkish troops killed two Kurdish rebels near the southeastern city of Sirnak late Thursday, the military said.

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Univ. of Arizona Team to Call Shots for Mars Robot

Posted: 05/23/2008 - A robotic spacecraft scheduled to land Sunday on Mars will be operated by NASA. But it's scientists at a University of Arizona lab who will be calling the shots on what the robot does.

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Stocks Fall As Oil Prices Stir Economic Worries

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Wall Street resumed its steep slide Friday as investors took little comfort from a better-than-expected home sales report and remained focused on the toll high oil prices would take on the economy. The Dow Jones industrials gave up more than 120 points ahead of the three-day holiday weekend.

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Western Navy Help Unwanted by Myanmar

Posted: 05/23/2008 - With their history of xenophobia, no one expected Myanmar's generals to welcome a flotilla of warships trying to help bring relief to millions affected by Cyclone Nargis.

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Madonna Auctions Off Lip Gloss at AIDS Benefit

Posted: 05/23/2008 - The Material Girl parted with a few personal possessions — a custom-made white guitar and the contents of her handbag — at a benefit to raise money for AIDS research.

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Gas Roars Higher, Pressuring Holiday Travelers

Posted: 05/23/2008 - As consumers began hitting the road Friday for the Memorial Day weekend, they faced the sobering reality that it now costs $87 to fill a Ford Explorer SUV, up $14 from last year, and $72 to fill a mid-sized Honda Accord, up $12.

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Chicago Considering Boarding Schools For Homeless

Posted: 05/23/2008 - She began high school in a shelter, doing homework on the floor of the bathroom. It was the only place with lights after 9 p.m. Her senior year was spent raising her little brother when her mother disappeared on cocaine binges.

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Orphaned Penguin Gets Two Moms

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Biologists adopt baby penguin rejected by its parents after it failed to hatch on time and have nursed it for over month as the penguin grows.

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Home Sales Drop Again in April

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Drop in sales, the eighth in the last nine months, leaves more unsold single-family homes on the market than anytime since 1985, median home prices drop eight percent.

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N. Korea About to Account for Nuke Program

Posted: 05/23/2008 - After weeks of preparation American officials expect Pyongyang to turn over detailed accounts of its nuclear program, which will go a long way towards completing the disarmament deal

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