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Obama offers states health care leeway

Updated: 02/28/2011 - President Barack Obama is offering to let states unhappy with his health care overhaul design their own plans as long as they fulfill the goals of his landmark law.

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NY mom charged with DWI after girl's plea for help

Posted: 02/25/2011 - Authorities have charged a western New York woman with drunk driving after police say her 9-year-old daughter wrote a note pleading for help from passing motorists.

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Spain to lower speed limit as oil prices rise

Posted: 02/25/2011 - Spain says it will lower highway speed limits and cut train ticket prices in an emergency energy-saving initiative because of higher oil prices brought on by unrest in Libya

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Economy grew more slowly than first thought

Updated: 02/25/2011 - The economy grew more slowly at the end of last year than first thought as state and local governments cut spending more deeply and Americans spent a tad less briskly.

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Gov't and big tobacco in dispute over proposed ads

Updated: 02/24/2011 - Government and tobacco industry lawyers meet with a federal judge today concerning corrective statements the Justice Department wants made as part of a 12-year-old lawsuit.

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Hopes fade for more survivors in New Zealand quake

Posted: 02/24/2011 - New Zealand's prime minister says there are grave fears that some of the 226 people missing in an earthquake may not have survived the temblor that killed at least 98 people.

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Pirates say they're reloading

Posted: 02/23/2011 - Pirates in Somalia say they're ferrying more ammunition and fighters to the hijacked ships they're holding, and they're threatening to kill hostages if warships approach.

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UN official says Libya may need no-fly zone

Updated: 02/23/2011 - The U.N.'s top human rights official says the international community may need to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians from attacks by government aircraft.

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At least 30 killed in suicide blast

Posted: 02/21/2011 - A noonday attack by a suicide bomber at the entrance of a government building in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 30 people. An unknown number were injured.

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Winter storm pounds Midwest

Updated: 02/21/2011 - Officials in the upper Midwest are urging people to stay off the roads if possible, rather than risk driving on ice or through wind-driven snow.

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Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent last month

Updated: 03/08/2011 - A big jump in food and gas costs pushed consumer prices up in January, but outside those volatile categories inflation was relatively tame.

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Unemployment benefits jump to 410,000

Posted: 02/17/2011 - More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, one week after claims had fallen to the lowest level in nearly three years.

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