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'King's Speech' leads Globes with 7 nominations

Posted: 12/14/2010 - BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - The British monarchy tale "The King's Speech" has taken the lead among Golden Globe contenders with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

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Retail sales rise 0.8 percent in November

Posted: 12/14/2010 - Retail sales rose for a fifth straight month in November, as the biggest jump in department store sales in two years gave the holiday shopping season a strong start.

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Poll: Most want easier way to fire bad teachers

Posted: 12/14/2010 - Teachers aren't paid well enough -- and it's too hard to get rid of the bad ones. That's the view of most of the Americans surveyed by the Associated Press and Stanford University.

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Assange to appear in court over sex-crime case

Posted: 12/14/2010 - Demonstrators are expected to gather outside a London courtroom today when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (ah-SAHNJ') attempts to fight extradition to Sweden. He faces a sex-crime investigation there.

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Helicopters used to save Fla. crop from rare chill

Posted: 12/14/2010 - Dozens of helicopters are whirring above Florida's valuable and sensitive veggie crops, an unusual approach by farmers worried an uncommon freeze could wipe out their harvests.

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Tax cut bill expected to go to House today

Posted: 12/14/2010 - Although House Democrats have made their objections known, the tax cut package that was negotiated by President Barack Obama and GOP lawmakers is headed toward passage in the Senate.

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Cold moves in after storm

Posted: 12/13/2010 - A powerful storm that unleashed snow and strong winds across the upper Midwest has left behind dangerously cold temperatures.

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Iran's president fires foreign minister

Posted: 12/13/2010 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has fired his foreign minister and named the nuclear chief to serve as the country's acting top diplomat.

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Drug combo helps women with early breast cancer

Posted: 12/10/2010 - A new study finds that using two drugs, Herceptin (her-SEPT-in) and Tykerb (TIE-curb), more than doubles the number of women with early breast cancer whose tumors disappear before they are scheduled to have surgery to remove them.

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GM was humbled by 'near-death experience'

Posted: 12/10/2010 - The top executive at General Motors says the company was humbled by its "near-death experience" and hopes to rebound from its bankruptcy two years ago.

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Trade deficit narrows to 9-month low

Posted: 12/10/2010 - The U.S. trade deficit fell to its lowest level in nine months, as growing demand for American goods overseas pushed exports to their highest level in more than two years.

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ITF offers Sampras replica for Davis Cup wins

Posted: 12/09/2010 - The president of the International Tennis Federation has offered Pete Sampras a replica trophy from his two Davis Cup wins following the theft of much of his tennis memorabilia.

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Aretha Franklin set for hospital release

Posted: 12/09/2010 - Aretha Franklin's cousin says the ailing legendary singer is "doing better than doctors expected" and expects to be released from the hospital this weekend.

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Fans honor Lennon at Strawberry Fields

Posted: 12/08/2010 - John Lennon's fans are celebrating his life by visiting New York City's Strawberry Fields, an urban oasis that's endorsed by 121 countries as a "Garden of Peace."

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Stocks open higher, bonds down on tax plan

Posted: 12/08/2010 - Stocks are heading higher in early trading while bonds are falling as investors weigh a tax cut proposal backed by President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress.

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House Democrats unveil massive budget bill

Posted: 12/08/2010 - Democrats controlling the House are promising to freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments in a massive measure wrapping Congress' unfinished annual spending bills into a single, catchall measure.

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