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Pfizer to pay record $2.3 billion settlement

Posted: 09/02/2009 - People familiar with a record legal settlement to be announced Wednesday say that Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, will pay $2.3 billion in connection with illegal drug promotions.

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Productivity up 6.6 percent

Posted: 09/02/2009 - Worker productivity grew at the fastest pace in nearly six years in the spring while labor costs fell by the most in nine years, as companies slashed costs to survive the recession.

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Alleged Holocaust museum shooter appears in court

Posted: 09/02/2009 - A white supremacist charged with killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has appeared in court. It's the first time he has been seen publicly since the June shooting.

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Obama reduces 2010 federal pay increases to two percent

Posted: 09/01/2009 - Following the lead of his two immediate predecessors, President Barack Obama has told Congress that he's reducing pay increases for federal workers next year from 2.4 to 2 percent. Obama says the national unemployment rate and the size of the federal payroll demand it.

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Official: Iran is ready for nuclear talks

Posted: 09/01/2009 - Iran's state TV is quoting the country's top nuclear negotiator as saying Tehran is ready to cooperate with world powers to ease fears over its nuclear program and has prepared a revised package of proposals to present to Western countries.

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Karzai keeps big lead in new Afghan vote results

Posted: 08/31/2009 - Afghanistan's election commission says President Hamid Karzai still has a big lead with ballots now counted from almost half the country's voting stations.

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US general sends Afghan war review to Pentagon

Posted: 08/31/2009 - NATO says the top commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan has finished his 60-day strategic review of the war and that it is now being sent up the chain of command to the Pentagon and NATO headquarters.

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Consumer spending edges up in July, incomes flat

Posted: 08/28/2009 - Consumer spending edged up in July with help from the popular Cash for Clunkers program, but household incomes, the fuel for future spending increases, were flat.

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UN chief urges world to `seize day' on climate

Posted: 08/28/2009 - The U.N. chief is urging the world to "seize the day" on climate change ahead of a major conference on global warming set for December in Copenhagen.

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US service member killed in Afghanistan

Posted: 08/28/2009 - The U.S. military says an American service member has died in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, making August the deadliest month of the eight-year war for U.S. forces.

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US Navy: Pirates fire on US helicopter

Posted: 08/27/2009 - The U.S. Navy says one of its helicopters was fired on by Somali pirates holding a hijacked ship off the coast of Somalia.

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Memos: CIA pushed limits on sleep deprivation

Posted: 08/27/2009 - A year after the Bush administration abandoned its harshest interrogation methods, CIA operatives used severe sleep deprivation tactics against a terror detainee in late 2007.

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US drone attack in northwest Pakistan kills 6

Posted: 08/27/2009 - Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone attack in the South Waziristan tribal region in the northwest has killed at least six people and wounded another nine.

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Ex-Bosnian Serb chief: US helped Iran arm Muslims

Posted: 08/26/2009 - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has told The Associated Press he is seeking evidence that the U.S. facilitated arms shipments from Iran to Bosnian Muslims during the Bosnian war.

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Kennedy successor to be chosen by special election

Posted: 08/26/2009 - The now-empty Senate seat left by the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy won't be filled right away, since Massachusetts law does not allow a gubernatorial appointee.

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Obama to nominate Bernanke to 2nd term

Posted: 08/25/2009 - President Barack Obama is taking a break from his Martha's Vineyard vacation today to offer Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke another four-year-stint at running the central bank.

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