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WTC owners rewrite expectations at ground zero

NEW YORK - The owners of the World Trade Center site announced a delay in the completion of a multibillion-dollar transit hub Thursday but pledged to open a nearly finished Sept. 11 memorial by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

October 17, 2008 | By AMY WESTFELDT Associated Press Writer | National


Stocks little changed after snapback rally

NEW YORK - Financial markets uneasily awaited a Senate vote on the government's proposed financial sector bailout Wednesday, with stock prices showing sharp fluctuations and credit markets still extremely tight. The Dow Jones industrials, down more than 200 points in early trading, recovered to show a slim gain.

October 16, 2008 | By TIM PARADIS Associated Press Writer | National


O.J. friend testifying for defense in Vegas trial

LAS VEGAS - A close friend of O.J. Simpson took the stand in his armed robbery and kidnapping trial Wednesday, and a prosecutor said he'll ask the witness about allegations he wanted to put out a murder contract on a former co-defendant.

October 16, 2008 | By KEN RITTER Associated Press Writer | National


Notorious ex-fugitive appeals NY murder conviction

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A former fugitive convicted of killing a state trooper and wounding two others in 2006 continues to make trouble as an inmate as his lawyers move forward with an appeal, officials said.

October 16, 2008 | By BEN DOBBIN Associated Press Writer | National


Study traces AIDS virus origin to 100 years ago

NEW YORK - The AIDS virus has been circulating among people for about 100 years, decades longer than scientists had thought, a new study suggests.

October 16, 2008 | By MALCOLM RITTER Associated Press Writer | National


Idaho fair accused of evicting paralyzed woman

NAMPA, Idaho - Rose Harn peers out at the world with one working eye, her arms curled tightly against her shriveled body. A rag under her chin catches her drool.

October 16, 2008 | By JESSIE L. BONNER Associated Press Writer | National


Iowa appeals court orders Chicago officer freed

DES MOINES, Iowa - An appeals court Wednesday ordered a Chicago police officer freed from prison in an Iowa assault case that has top brass back home defending one of their own.

October 16, 2008 | By AMY LORENTZEN Associated Press Writer | National


AP source: New York mayor wants a 3rd term

NEW YORK - For a long time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg seemed to despise the very notion of changing a voter-approved law restricting elected officeholders to two terms in office.

October 16, 2008 | By SARA KUGLER Associated Press Writer | National


Faster genetic test for flu virus approved

ATLANTA - The government approved a new genetic test for the flu virus Tuesday that will allow labs across the country to identify flu strains within four hours instead of four days.

October 15, 2008 | By MIKE STOBBE Associated Press Writer | National


Attorneys believe Rezko is talking to prosecutors

CHICAGO - Convicted political fixer Antoin ''Tony'' Rezko has been quietly visiting Chicago's federal courthouse, setting off speculation that he may be spilling secrets to prosecutors in return for a lenient sentence.

October 15, 2008 | By MIKE ROBINSON Associated Press Writer | National


Mont. former same-sex partner gets parental rights

MISSOULA, Mont. - A judge ruled in favor of a woman who sought parental rights to a boy and girl adopted by her former same-sex partner, a decision described as a first for Montana.

October 15, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Reports warn of problems at ground zero hub in NYC

NEW YORK - The glittering, steel and glass domed rail hub had seemed for years to be the only thing that was going right at ground zero.

October 15, 2008 | By AMY WESTFELDT Associated Press Writer | National


Police: Mom says daughters’ remains in freezer

LUSBY, Md. - A bruised and starving 7-year-old girl walking alone on a gravel road led investigators to an even grimmer discovery: remains in a basement freezer that her adoptive mother said were the youngster's sisters.

October 15, 2008 | By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press Writer | National


Judge rules against bird waste injunction in Okla.

TULSA, Okla - A federal judge has denied Oklahoma's request for a preliminary injunction to stop 13 Arkansas poultry companies from disposing of bird waste in the Illinois River watershed.

October 15, 2008 | By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press Writer | National


Testimony ends in 25-year-old KFC murders in Texas

BRYAN, Texas - The night five people were abducted from a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant 25 years ago, a van sped out its parking lot, being driven by a white man and carrying three people wearing KFC uniforms, a witness testified Monday.

October 15, 2008 | By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press Writer | National


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