WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve unexpectedly slashed a key interest rate by a bold three-fourths of a percentage point on Tuesday, responding to a global plunge in stock markets that heightened concerns about a recession. The Fed signaled that further rate cuts were likely.
NEW YORK - Perennial Super Bowl advertiser Anheuser-Busch Cos. is leaning heavily on humor in a raft of ads slotted for this year's game, which airs Feb. 3.
NAPLES, Fla. - Republican Fred Thompson, the actor-politician who attracted more attention as a potential presidential candidate than as a real one, quit the race for the White House on Tuesday after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.
MEXICO CITY - Eleven alleged hit men for the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel were captured Tuesday at two Mexico City mansions stocked with grenades, automatic weapons and body armor - a day after Mexican authorities reported nabbing one of the cartel's leaders.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Barack Obama wasn't kidding when he said he would start speaking out more aggressively against the Clintons.
CANBERRA, Australia - Environmentalists again clashed with Japanese whalers Tuesday in the Antarctic Ocean, with Greenpeace activists failing in a risky attempt to prevent the fleet's factory ship from refueling.
WASHINGTON - Jolted by global recession fears, the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates Tuesday, and President Bush and leaders of Congress joined in a rare show of cooperation in promising urgent action to pump up the economy with upwards of $150 billion in tax cuts and government spending.
DEAR ABBY: My daughter, "Bailey," will be 4 soon, and will be having a birthday party. We have been to a few of Bailey's friends' birthday parties, and present-opening turns into chaos. The birthday child doesn't have a chance to really look at the gifts, other children crowd closer and closer to the present-opener to get a better look, and some children cry about the gifts the birthday child has received while their parents promise to buy them a "better one" on their next outing.
This is one of the major conundrums of bridge: You are in a trump contract; how quickly should you draw the missing trumps?
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am 82 years old. I walk, hike and swim every day. I've been having a lot of discomfort in my right shoulder, arm and hand. When I swim, I can hear and feel my shoulder grinding. A friend says it is my rotator cuff and that I just have to live with the pain. Did swimming cause the condition? Is exercise good for it?
This week we are looking at maximizing the value of our trumps. Sometimes their only use is to remove the defenders' trumps, so that an opponent cannot ruff a winner. Much more often, though, trumps are used to eliminate losers.
CHICAGO - Julia Montgomery used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to cast an early primary ballot because it was convenient, she said - but also to honor the slain civil rights leader's legacy.
MIAMI - Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive ''dirty bomb,'' was sentenced Tuesday to 17 years and four months on terrorism conspiracy charges that don't mention those initial allegations.
WASHINGTON - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton argued on Tuesday that Barack Obama's frustration with losing prompted him to look for a fight in their latest debate. Obama said his rival and her husband, former President Clinton, were distorting his record.
MILWAUKEE - Ken Ruegsegger struggled after he sold his dairy herd a few years ago and concentrated on raising animals for their meat.
A flock of blackbirds covers the field. Two hundred, maybe. Silent and still before rising, as though at the lift of some unseen maestro's baton, into the air in one loud flap like a bleached sheet on a clothesline. I watch and listen and shiver. Blackbirds. Sign of cold weather.
FERGUSON, Mo. - A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm Saturday night after encountering two men at a community center who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said.
ATHENS - Todd Gurley shook off a couple of defenders in the backfield, built up speed down the sideline, and saw another would-be tackler in his path.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Justin Rose swept that magical putter into the air before his ball even reached the hole, and he punched his right fist when it dropped for a birdie. Just like at Medinah, the final match in the Ryder Cup on Saturday gave Europe another big boost of momentum going into the last round.
PHILADELPHIA - Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton each homered and the Atlanta Braves held on for a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
DOVER, Del. - Kurt Busch looked around and saw NASCAR's biggest stars crowding his car. Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett all zooming past Busch and giving the rookie driver a reality check - his racing heroes from TV were now his toughest competitors on the track.
FLOWERY BRANCH - These days, the game looks so much slower to Julio Jones.
An elderly woman was killed Friday evening when a man ran a stop sign and crashed into the church van in which she was riding, according to Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Brian Scott.
PERRY - It was a David vs. Goliath storyline Friday night as Bulloch Academy marched into Marvin Arrington Stadium to face The Westfield School.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks and city civil rights leaders said Friday's meeting between the team's CEO and the group was "extremely productive."
ATHENS - No. 12 Georgia begins a stretch of seven straight Southeastern Conference games with a team that seemed to take all the steam out of the Bulldogs a year ago.
Friday night featured the 50th anniversary of Statesboro's 'homeless' 1964 squad finally making its first appearance on Womack Field.
PHILADELPHIA - Jonathan Papelbon made his first appearance in Philadelphia since he made a lewd gesture as he left the field, closing out the Phillies' 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night with a scoreless ninth inning.
LOUISVILLE - The Screven County Gamecocks were shut out for three quarters, but scored twice in the fourth quarter and escaped with a 12-7 win over Jefferson County in the region opener for both teams.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland - The start of this Ryder Cup was a lot like how the last one ended.