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Obama Suggests Tax Credit for Business Health Care

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Barack Obama on Sunday proposed up to a 50-percent tax credit for small businesses providing health insurance to their employees, a program he hopes has special appeal to Hispanics and other minority groups struggling for a toehold in the U.S. economy.

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Chavez Aims to Expand Venezuela Oil Pact

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday touted a pact delivering fuel to Caribbean nations and loosened the financing terms to aid countries struggling with high oil prices.

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Israeli Lifeguard Discovers Ancient Sea Relic

Posted: 07/14/2008 - An Israeli lifeguard taking his regular morning swim off the Mediterranean coast in southern Israel discovered a 2,500-year-old marble talisman to ward off the evil eye, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Sunday.

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Brazil Oil Workers to Begin Strike

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Brazilian oil workers are vowing to go ahead with a strike on more than 40 offshore platforms despite a court order threatening them with fines.

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Mediterranean Union Wants to Rid Mideast of WMDs

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Forty-three nations, including Israel and Arab states, pledged Sunday to work for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction at the close of a summit to launch an unprecedented Union for the Mediterranean aimed at securing peace across the restive region.

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Microsoft's Xbox 360 to Stream Netflix Movies

Posted: 07/14/2008 - New deal with Netflix will allow Microsofts's game console to stream over 10,000 movies and TV shows., which viewers will be able to watch on their television, rather than computer monitor.

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Oil Hovers near $145 a Barrel as Dollar Gains

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Oil prices hovered near $145 a barrel Monday, swinging between gains and losses as traders weighed global supply concerns and a mixed dollar against USworries about the health of the U.S. economy.

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Bush To Lift Ban On Offshore Drilling

Posted: 07/14/2008 - The White House says that President Bush will overturn the ban on offshore drilling off America's coastline that was initially issued by his father, during his presidency.

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St. Louis Woman Hit by Car in Philly Dies

Posted: 07/14/2008 - A St. Louis woman is dead and her friend remains hospitalized after an alleged drunken driver crashed into them in Philadelphia after a Cardinals game.

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New Yorker Obama Cover Sparks Uproar

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Obama camp calls the latest New Yorker cover which shows the presumptive Democratic candidate and his wife in the White House with references to many of the negative stereotypes against the couple.

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'Hellboy II' Catches Fire with $35.9 Million Debut

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Superheroes battling inner demons often rule the box office. This time, the superhero was a demon as "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" pulled in $35.9 million to debut as the No. 1 weekend film.

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Game Characters Get Smarter - And Less Predictable

Updated: 07/14/2008 - Video games used to come preprogrammed with canned movements that expert players eventually could anticipate and figure out. But recent advancements in video game design — and new game consoles with dazzling computing power — have endowed computer-controlled characters with a sense of self-preservation and unpredictability not seen even a year ago.

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Monday Movie Buzz: Murphy Usually Exceeds Reviews

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Whether you see "Meet Dave" or not, you've probably already met Dave. He's the latest in a long line of Eddie Murphy roles that are family friendly, vaguely amusing and usually impervious to negative reviews.

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Brolin, Wright, Others In Film Crew Arrested

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright, along with members of a crew filming an Oliver Stone movie, were arrested during a bar fight Saturday morning, police said.

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Kids Interviewed On TV To Obama's Later Regret

Updated: 07/14/2008 - The "Access Hollywood" interview in which Obama and wife Michelle allowed daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, to participate opened a curtain on a potential president's family and raised questions about whether the girls should be "hands off" for the media.

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Miss Venezuela Is Miss Universe

Posted: 07/14/2008 - Miss Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2008 on Monday in a contest marked by the spectacle of Miss USA falling down during the evening gown competition for the second year in a row.

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Big Sur Highway Reopens, People Return To Paradise

Posted: 07/14/2008 - More Californians returned Monday to homes they fled when wildfires threatened and a scenic coastal highway was open to traffic again as a slight improvement in weather eased the burden on firefighters.

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Hospital Error Blamed For More Infant Overdoses

Posted: 07/14/2008 - The case of 14 babies who received accidental overdoses while in intensive care has raised new questions about how a common blood-thinning medication could be given to infants repeatedly in the wrong dosage.

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5 Plead Guilty In Trans-Atlantic Bomb Plot

Posted: 07/14/2008 - The quintet were accused of plotting to destroy trans-Atlantic jets, but have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. The defendants maintain they never intended to bomb the planes.

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Study: As Gas Prices Go Up, Auto Deaths Go Down

Posted: 07/14/2008 - High gas prices could turn out to be a lifesaver for some drivers. The authors of a new study say gas prices are causing driving declines that could result in a third fewer auto deaths annually, with the most dramatic drop likely to be among teen drivers.

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Pioneering heart Doctor, Michael DeBakey, Dead At 99

Posted: 07/14/2008 - DeBakey, a world-famous cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered such now-common procedures as bypass surgery and invented a host of devices to help heart patients, died Friday night in Houston. He was 99.

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