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House Votes to Cut Funding for NPR

Updated: 03/17/2011 - The House on Thursday voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense, and Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as "Car Talk" and "All Things Considered."

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Defense Wants Assurances in Exam of Tucson Suspect

Posted: 03/17/2011 - Defense attorneys for the suspect in an Arizona shooting rampage want assurances that a court-ordered mental competency evaluation doesn't expand into a review of their client's sanity.

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DMV Turns Over Data in Probe of NYC Bus Crash

Updated: 03/17/2011 - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said Thursday that it was releasing motor vehicles data to investigators regarding "evidence of false statements" by the driver of a tour bus in a horrific crash that killed 15 people last weekend.

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US Set to Begin Evacuating Americans from Japan

Updated: 03/16/2011 - The United States on Wednesday authorized the first evacuations of Americans out of Japan, taking a tougher stand on the deepening nuclear crisis and warning U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to any part of the country as unpredictable weather and wind conditions risked spreading radioactive contamination.

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AP and Clothing Company Settle Copyright Dispute

Posted: 03/16/2011 - The Associated Press and a clothing maker distributing merchandise based on artist Shepard Fairey's work have settled copyright claims stemming from the use of an AP photograph to create the artist's Barack Obama 'HOPE' image.

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New-Home Construction Plunges In February

Updated: 03/16/2011 - Builders broke ground last month on the fewest homes in nearly two years, a reflection of declines in home prices and diminished demand that has made it difficult for them to compete.

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'Blood Money' Frees CIA Contractor In Pakistan

Updated: 03/16/2011 - An American CIA contractor detained on suspicion of murder was released on Wednesday after families of the two Pakistanis he killed were given "blood money" and the case was dropped, Pakistani officials said.

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NH Murder Suspect: Felt Nothing During Attacks

Posted: 03/15/2011 - A New Hampshire man trying to convince a jury he was insane when he took part in a machete and knife attack that killed a woman and injured her daughter testified Tuesday that he felt nothing during the attacks and a flood of relief afterward.

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Yale Killing Suspect Plans to Plead Guilty

Posted: 03/15/2011 - An attorney for an animal research technician charged with killing a Yale University graduate student says his client plans to plead guilty Thursday.

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Senators Back New Bank to Finance Infrastructure

Posted: 03/15/2011 - A bipartisan group of senators, joined by both business and labor leaders, is calling for the creation of government-owned but independent infrastructure bank to channel private sector investment into transportation, energy and water projects.

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Radiation Level Soars After Japan Nuke Plant Fire

Updated: 03/15/2011 - Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tuesday after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the crisis spawned by a deadly tsunami.

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Stocks Set To Fall As Japan Crisis Worsens

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Stocks are headed for a sharply lower opening Tuesday, and bond prices are rising, as the nuclear crisis in Japan intensifies following a deadly earthquake and tsunami.

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Volcano Eruption Starts Wildfire

Posted: 03/14/2011 - Authorities say lava from a volcano eruption in Hawaii has sparked a wildfire in Volcanoes National Park.

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Two Dead in Luxury Bus Crash

Posted: 03/14/2011 - A luxury tour bus from New York City's Chinatown to Philadelphia crashed Monday night on one of the nation's most heavily trafficked highways, killing the driver and another person, police said.

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Utah Man Arrested After Human Skulls Found in Shed

Posted: 03/14/2011 - A Utah man is accused of desecration of a human body after police found what appear to be two human skulls in a shrine in a backyard shed along with several hundred pounds of animal bones, flesh, and blood.

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NYC Bus Crash Driver Has Manslaughter Conviction

Updated: 03/14/2011 - The driver at the wheel of a gambler's tour bus that crashed and killed 15 people over the weekend has a criminal history that includes manslaughter and theft convictions.

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Police Examine Casino Video in NYC Bus Crash

Posted: 03/14/2011 - Investigators are looking at surveillance video from a Connecticut casino, trying to establish the activities of a driver whose tour bus crashed in New York City, killing 15 people.

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Obama prods Congress on Education Law Renewal

Posted: 03/14/2011 - President Barack Obama asked Congress on Monday to rewrite the nation's main education law before the new school year starts in September, setting an ambitious timetable for lawmakers whose primary focus now is on budget cuts and the deficit.

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Pilots Lock Down Cockpit Over Praying Passengers

Posted: 03/13/2011 - Pilots on an Alaska Airlines flight locked down the cockpit and alerted authorities after three passengers conducted an elaborate orthodox Jewish prayer ritual during their Los Angeles-bound flight.

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Officer Shot Dead By Another Officer In NYC Suburb

Posted: 03/13/2011 - Authorities say a police officer was fatally shot by another officer after a confrontation with a knife-wielding man inside a home in a New York City suburb. The suspect was also killed.

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Agencies Struggling To Meet Obama's Order On FOIA

Posted: 03/13/2011 - Dozens of federal agencies are struggling to meet President Barack Obama's 2-year-old order that requires the government to respond more quickly and thoroughly to request for records under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, a study finds.

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