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Mailer's Mistress Sells Papers

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Long-time mistress of late writer sells papers to Harvard. The seven boxes of material was collected during weekly visits from 1983 to 1992. Mailer died last November at age 84.

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VA Official Grilled About E-mails

Posted: 04/23/2008 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) deputy chief, Gordon Mansfield, was questioned Wednesday by members of congress in Washington about allegations that the VA tried to cover up the true risk of suicide among veterans

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Apple 2Q profit jumps 36 percent, but stock wobbles

Posted: 04/23/2008 - The Mac and iPod maker is believed to be especially vulnerable to slowing consumer spending in the United States because of its stronger presence here than overseas and because many of its products carry a premium price tag.

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Phone number in Texas abuse report linked to Colo. woman

Posted: 04/23/2008 - A phone number used to report alleged abuse at a polygamist retreat in Texas has been linked to a woman suspected of making false abuse claims in Colorado, according to an affidavit made public Wednesday.

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Abbas appeals for more US help in peace process

Posted: 04/23/2008 - In a meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ahead of talks with President Bush on Thursday, Abbas said time was running out if that target laid out at the Annapolis Conference in November was to be met and that more pressure must be exerted on Israel to stop the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

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CIA director to give up military uniform

Posted: 04/23/2008 - CIA Director Michael Hayden announced Wednesday he will retire from the Air Force in July after 39 years in uniform, but he will continue in his intelligence post as a civilian.

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Bear from movies turns on handler in Calif., killing him

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Harry Morse, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game, said Stephan Miller, 39, was killed by a 5-year-old bear during the making of a promotional video for Randy Miller's Predators in Action center. The animal trainer who had been biten on the neck by a 700-pound, 7 1/2-foot-tall grizzly bear died at the scene.

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Boeing profit jumps 38 pct as orders grow in 1st quarter

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Boeing Co., the world's second biggest commercial airplane manufacturer, reported a better-than-expected 38 percent jump in its first-quarter earnings, as it improved efficiency and recorded more orders for its aircraft.

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Congress close on bill to ban genetic discrimination

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Lawmakers have agreed to make it illegal for employers and insurance companies to deny applicants jobs and health care coverage because DNA tests show they are genetically disposed to a disease.

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China's Everest torch plan draw journalists' concerns

Posted: 04/23/2008 - China's new plan for press coverage of the Olympic torch's ascent of Mount Everest has touched off a new controversy. Health experts and media groups said Wednesday the plan will expose reporters to undue health risks due to the altitude.

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Tony Bennett, Roberta Flack join others in saluting Jones

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Tony Bennett, Roberta Flack and Gloria Estefan were just a few of the performers on hand Tuesday night as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers held a musical tribute to the groundbreaking composer and producer Quincy Jones who turned 75 last month. While there were few monologues about the man, several of the evening's singers chose to express their admiration for Jones by changing the lyrics to some of the songs he helped create.

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Microsoft tests subscription pricing for Office

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Instead of installing each program separately, a limited number of "beta" testers can download a bundle of Microsoft Word, Excel and other Office programs, the Windows Live OneCare antivirus program, Windows Live Mail and other free Windows Live programs.

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Expensive Fence Scrapped For Not Catching Illegals

Posted: 04/23/2008 - The government is nixing a $20 million fence prototype because it is not alerting authorities of illegal border crossings at an acceptable rate. The fence is on the Arizona-Mexico border.

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Southeast fire officials nervous about invasive weed

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Cogon grass can seem harmless - even beautiful - but forestry experts in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama warn it's a killer. The invasive weed already has infested more than 1 million acres nationwide and experts say the Southeast's drought makes the highly flammable intruder more threatening than ever.

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Man Charged With Killing KC Bartender

Posted: 04/23/2008 - A Missouri man has been charged with murdering a bartender who refused him service. He lacked proper ID, and opened fire when he was unable to purchase a drink.

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Spider plague closes Australian hospital

Posted: 04/23/2008 - A tiny Australian hospital is closing temporarily because of an infestation of poisonous spiders. The Baralaba Multi Purpose Health Service will close for 24 hours starting Thursday morning so officials can fumigate the building to get rid of redback spiders that have been found in large numbers in the main part of the hospital.

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Star Jones Files For Divorce

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Former "View" co-host is ending her marriage. She caused a stir by promoting her wedding on her show three years ago, one of the reasons her contract was not renewed.

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