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AP source: Hudson suspect refused polygraph test

CHICAGO - The convicted felon suspected in the slayings of actress-singer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew told police he is innocent but balked at taking a lie-detector test, a police official said.

November 14, 2008 | By DON BABWIN Associated Press Writer | National


Amputee awaits high court, wants musical glow back

MARSHFIELD, Vt. - When Diana Levine turned 63 recently, her daughter made her a birthday card, drawing on Greek mythology with an illustration of Diana the Huntress, her bow string drawn taut, an arrow ready to fly.

November 14, 2008 | By DAVE GRAM Associated Press Writer | National


Texas A&M settles decade-old lawsuit over deaths

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M University agreed Tuesday to pay $2.1 million to settle a lawsuit over the collapse of a bonfire tower that killed 12 people and injured dozens more nearly a decade ago.

November 12, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Doorknobs and TV remotes are germ hotbeds

WASHINGTON - Someone in your house have the sniffles? Watch out for the refrigerator door handle. The TV remote, too. A new study finds that cold sufferers often leave their germs there, where they can live for two days or longer.

November 12, 2008 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Medical Writer | National


Schwarzenegger: Budget special session is needed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The revenue shortfall in California's five-week-old budget has grown beyond the $3 billion projected by state officials earlier this month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday.

November 12, 2008 | By STEVE LAWRENCE Associated Press Writer | National


Boy, 8, shoots himself to death at Mass. gun show

WESTFIELD, Mass. - With an instructor watching, an 8-year-old boy at a gun fair aimed an Uzi at a pumpkin and pulled the trigger as his dad reached for a camera.

November 12, 2008 | By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press Writer | National


Stocks see moderate rebound after sharp selloff

NEW YORK - Wall Street took a dose of bad economic news with relative calm Tuesday, rallying even as consumer confidence plunged to its lowest levels in 41 years. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 150 points, leading the major indexes with a gain of more than 1 percent.

November 12, 2008 | By TIM PARADIS AP Business Writer | National


Alleged plot to kill Obama stuns suspects’ towns

BELLS, Tenn. - In a rural Tennessee county where you can't buy alcohol or even find a Wal-Mart, residents of tiny Bells stopped each other to ask if anyone knew the pale-skinned young local accused of plotting to kill dozens of black people, including Barack Obama.

November 12, 2008 | By WOODY BAIRD Associated Press Writer | National


Police seek clues in slayings of Hudson relatives

CHICAGO - With two crime scenes, a suspect in custody and an outraged community, Chicago's police chief said he is confident investigators will find clues to solve the deaths of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew.

November 12, 2008 | By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press Writer | National


Consumer confidence plunges to lowest on record

WASHINGTON - Layoffs, plunging home prices and tumbling investments have pushed consumer pessimism to record levels in October, a private research group said Tuesday. Wall Street shook it off, though, focusing instead on higher global markets amid optimism the Federal Reserve will ease interest rates further.

November 12, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Associated Press Writer | National


Boeing, machinists in tentative deal to end strike

SEATTLE - Boeing Co. and its Machinists union reached a tentative four-year settlement to end a strike that has shut down the company's commercial airplane operations since Sept. 6, union and company spokesmen confirmed.

November 12, 2008 | By TIM KLASS Associated Press Writer | National


Stocks fluctuate as banks, housing stocks gain

NEW YORK - Wall Street fluctuated Monday as investors weighed a surprise increase in new home sales and the effectiveness of government aid for regional banks against worries over whether the economy can avoid a protracted downturn. The Dow Jones industrial average showed the most volatility while broader market indexes showed moderate declines.

November 11, 2008 | By TIM PARADIS Associated Press Writer | National


FBI says body found is that of Hudson’s nephew, 7

CHICAGO - A top FBI official said Monday that a body found in an SUV is believed to be that of Jennifer Hudson's missing 7-year-old nephew, the focus of a desperate search since the Oscar winner's mother and brother were found shot to death in their home three days earlier.

November 11, 2008 | By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press Writer | National


Uniform supplier accused of safety violations

TULSA, Okla. - In March 2007, Eleazar Torres-Gomez fell into a 300-degree industrial dryer at a Cintas Corp. laundry and died.

November 11, 2008 | By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press Writer | National


Job losses accelerating, and the worst is yet to come

WASHINGTON - Unemployment claims, already well into recession territory, are rising even faster than expected, leading economists to warn Thursday that the worst is yet to come.

November 07, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Associated Press Writer | National


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