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200 quit Syria's ruling party to protest crackdown

Posted: 04/28/2011 - A human rights activist in Syria says more than 200 members have quit the ruling Baath party in the southern province at the epicenter of the country's uprising to protest President Bashar Assad's brutal crackdown on opponents.

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Corps preps levee for breach as legal fight looms

Posted: 04/28/2011 - The Army Corps of Engineers is readying a southeastern Missouri levee along the Mississippi River ready for explosives even as a federal judge awaits arguments over whether it should be intentionally breached.

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UPDATED: Death toll from Southern tornadoes rises to 290

Updated: 04/29/2011 - Firefighters searched one splintered pile after another for survivors Thursday, combing the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation's deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades.

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1 in 4 children raised in US by a single parent

Updated: 04/27/2011 - A new report says one in four children in the United States is being raised by a single parent, a percentage is higher than in other developed countries.

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Wedding guests to face security checks

Posted: 04/27/2011 - British police say guests at the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton will have to pass through security checks to enter Westminster Abbey.

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NATO: Afghan officer fires on NATO troops, kills 9

Updated: 04/27/2011 - Eight NATO service members and a contractor are dead after an Afghan military pilot opened fire on the foreign troops following a dispute at the airport in Kabul.

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AP sources: Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA

Posted: 04/27/2011 - Administration sources say President Barack Obama plans this week to name CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Gen. David Petraeus, now running the war in Afghanistan, would take the CIA chief's job.

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Inmate turns down transplant

Posted: 04/26/2011 - The sister of a New York state prison inmate serving time for raping a 12-year-old female relative in 1996 says her brother has turned down a heart transplant.

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Activists prepare new 15-boat flotilla to Gaza

Posted: 04/26/2011 - Pro-Palestinian activists say a planned convoy of aid ships to the Gaza Strip will be twice as big as a similar flotilla that was raided a year ago by Israeli forces, leaving nine people dead on a Turkish boat.

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