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Hezbollah Militias Assume Control of Western Beirut

Posted: 05/09/2008 - Western Beirut fell under the control of opposition Hezbollah militias on Friday. Renewed fighting comes as two pro-government television stations cease airing. At least 11 people have been killed and 44 wounded since the fighting began on Wednesday. Hezbollah supporters continue to block roads leading to Beirut's airport.

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UK says louts should be punished

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who is in charge of the country's police, is encouraging authorities to harry and harass repeat offenders by filming them constantly, visiting their homes daily, and trawling through their tax records.

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Top 5 Ways to be Green when Building or Remodeling

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Whether you’re building a house from scratch or looking to increase the energy efficiency of your home, there are a number of things you can do to make your home more sustainable and green.

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Court Aide Says McGreeveys Close To Custody Agreement

Posted: 05/08/2008 - After a third day of negotiations and some testimony Thursday, former New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey and his estranged wife appeared to be close to resolving a particularly contentious part of their ugly and public divorce case.

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Huge Texas Sinkhole's Appetite Decreasing, Officials Say

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Geologists said a 260-foot-deep sinkhole that grew to the length of three football fields over just two days seemed to be slowing down Thursday, but that it could take months before it's clear whether surrounding areas are stable.

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Lack Of Water Cited In Deaths Of 9 S.C. Firefighters

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Emergency crews didn't have enough hoses or adequate water pressure to properly fight a blaze that killed nine Charleston firefighters in a giant furniture store almost a year ago, according to a federal report released late Thursday.

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Medical Know-How Raises Suicide Risk For Doctors

Posted: 05/08/2008 - There's a grim, rarely talked-about twist to all that medical know-how doctors learn to save lives: It makes them especially good at ending their own. An estimated 300 to 400 U.S. doctors kill themselves each year — a suicide rate thought to be higher than in the general population, although exact figures are hard to come by.

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Church Records Offer Rare Iook Inside Polygamist Families

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Hand-scrawled records taken from a polygamist sect are helping untangle the spider-web network of family relationships at the Yearning For Zion ranch, where some husbands had more than a dozen wives.

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Israeli PM Denies Taking Illicit Donations From American

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert denied fresh accusations that he illegally accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from a U.S. citizen, but said Thursday night that he will step down if he is indicted.

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Obama Accuses McCain Of 'Losing His Bearings'

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Thursday that Republican John McCain was "losing his bearings" for repeatedly suggesting the Islamic terrorist group Hamas preferred Obama for president.

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Al-Qaida In Iraq Leader Reported Arrested

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Iraqi police commandos captured the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq in a raid in the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi officials said Thursday, in what could mark a significant blow to the Sunni insurgency in its last urban stronghold.

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Leger Painting Auctioned for More Than $39 million in NYC

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Sotheby's auction house says a cubist oil painting by Fernand Leger has been sold in New York for more than $39 million. The auction house says the 1912-1913 painting, "Study for a Woman in Blue," sold Wednesday for $39.2 million.

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`American Idol' Boots Another Finalist; 3 Singers Remain

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Simon Cowell once told Jason Castro that his face would save him from elimination. Not this time. The dreadlocked heartthrob was voted off "American Idol" Wednesday as the show narrowed the competition to three finalists: David Cook, David Archuleta and Syesha Mercado.

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Dan Rather Files Amended Lawsuit Against CBS Over his Firing

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Dan Rather has filed an amended lawsuit against CBS that says other TV networks refused to hire him because of the damage executives at his former company did to his reputation after a disputed 2004 report on President Bush.

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Lawmakers finish farm bill as White House repeats opposition

Posted: 05/08/2008 - In some cases, farm couples with incomes totaling $2.5 million - assuming $1 million is from other, non-farm sources - could also qualify. That's far too rich for the Bush administration, which renewed President Bush's threat to veto the package as being too generous to wealthy farmers.

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Unions focus against McCain as Democrats still battling

Posted: 05/08/2008 - The AFL-CIO, which has not endorsed anyone in the Democratic primary, announced Wednesday that it is sending more than 6,000 of its people to more than 22 states during the next two weekends to talk to more than 200,000 union voters about McCain.

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Hispanic growth fueled by higher fertility rates

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Hispanic women generally, both U.S.-born and immigrants, have higher fertility rates than non Hispanics - 84 births per 1,000 Hispanic women compared with 63 per 1,000 non-Hispanic women.

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Jeff Probst: Surviving 16 seasons of `Survivor'

Posted: 05/08/2008 - It's not that Probst seems out of place in a metropolis like New York. It's just that, after hosting 16 seasons of CBS' "Survivor" since 2000, he's more readily identified with various brands of wilderness half-a-world away.

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Huge Texas sinkhole's appetite decreasing, officials say

Posted: 05/08/2008 - The 900-foot-long sinkhole, with crumbling dirt around its edges resembling sharp teeth, has swallowed up oil tanks and barrels, tires, telephone poles and several vehicles in Daisetta, a once-booming oil town of about 1,000 residents about 60 miles northeast of Houston.

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South Korea May Demand Revision of US Beef Import Pact

Posted: 05/08/2008 - South Korea said Thursday it may demand a revision of a beef import agreement with the United States as the government struggled to quell widespread perceptions that American beef is unsafe.

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