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Treasurys fall after surprising drop in jobless claims

Posted: 04/24/2008 - The government data followed a Wall Street Journal report predicting the Fed will probably lower its benchmark fed funds rate by another quarter point when it meets next week, but then take a pause.

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Appeals court spares sea lions in Ore. river, for now

Posted: 04/24/2008 - A federal appeals court handed an animal rights group a partial victory in a dispute over the fate of California sea lions in the Columbia River, allowing some to be trapped but none to be killed this spring.

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US Airways swings to 1Q loss on fuel costs

Posted: 04/24/2008 - US Airways Group Inc. said Thursday it swung to a loss in the first quarter, punished like other airlines by the rising cost of jet fuel.

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Reconstruction of Samarra shrine unites factions in Iraq

Posted: 04/24/2008 - It was the bombing of a revered Shiite shrine here that pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war, bloodshed that has left tens of thousands dead and this ancient city in ruins. Reconstruction of the famed mosque amid the rubble filling this city is under way. Locals hope tourists will return again to see the shrine and help save the economy.

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Arby's owner buying Wendy's for $2.34 billion stock deal

Posted: 04/24/2008 - After at least two rejections, billionaire Nelson Peltz has finally succeeded in landing Wendy's in a $2.3 billion deal that would add the chain known for its square burger and chocolate Frosty dessert to his ownership of Arby's and its roast beef sandwiches.

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Stuntman Gravely Injured on James Bond Set in Italy

Posted: 04/24/2008 - 007 movie set proves to be a dangerous place. Officials in the Italian resort of Lake Garda say a stuntman was gravely injured in a car crash while filming the new James Bond movie.

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Texas Sect Children Face Tough Transition Outside Ranch

Posted: 04/24/2008 - The hundreds of children from a polygamist compound taken into state custody are on their way to group homes, shelters and residences, but experts and lawyers fear their transition may be much harder than it is for other foster children.

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Petraeus Promotion Keeps Nation On Its War Course

Posted: 04/24/2008 - Top Iraq commander, Army General David Petraeus gets a promotion to replace Navy Adm. William J. Fallon as chief of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday. The general's recent deputy will replace Petraeus and keep the U.S. on its war course.

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First-ever Oil Paintings Found in Afghanistan

Posted: 04/24/2008 - Afghan cave murals show Asia oil painting pre-dates European. The paintings are believed to be the oldest oil paintings in the world. The art was found in caves in central Afghanistan. The hardline Taliban regime blew up giant Buddha statues in the region during their rule.

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