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General Motors to Buy AmeriCredit Corp. for $3.5B

Posted: 07/22/2010 - General Motors Co. says it will acquire auto financing company AmeriCredit Corp. so it can increase leasing and make more loans to buyers with low credit scores.

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Gathering Storm Halts Oil Spill Cleanup

Posted: 07/21/2010 - Forecasters say there's just a 40 percent chance that a storm brewing in the Caribbean will become a tropical depression or a tropical storm by Friday but its already affecting oil spill operations.

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Senate Approves Job Payments to Millions

Updated: 07/22/2010 - State unemployment agencies are gearing up to resume sending unemployment payments to millions of people as Congress moves to ship President Barack Obama a measure to restore lapsed benefits.

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Former USDA Employee Offered Job After Firing

Updated: 07/21/2010 - The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited an embarrassing political firestorm over race.

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Jokes, Smiles - But Trouble In US-UK Relationship?

Posted: 07/21/2010 - There were wide smiles, thoughtful gifts and polite - if corny - jokes. But away from the cameras, some dark clouds hung over new British leader David Cameron's first trip to the White House for talks with President Barack Obama.

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Palin Still a Draw for Hometown, Alaska

Posted: 07/21/2010 - A year after Sarah Palin's abrupt resignation as Alaska governor, interest in her and the small town she put on the map hasn't gone away.

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Sherrod Not Sure She'd Return to Ag Department

Shirley Sherrod

Updated: 07/21/2010 - The woman at the center of a racially tinged firestorm involving the Obama administration and the NAACP says she's not certain whether she would return to the Agriculture Department if invited back.

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Group Has Ideas To Prevent Hawaii Dolphin Bycatch

Posted: 07/20/2010 - Fishermen who use longlines to catch ahi, mahimahi and other fish off Hawaii should use a different kind of hook so they don't accidentally severely injure or kill a rare dolphin species, a federal advisory group said.

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United Flight Hits Heavy Turbulence; 30 Injured

Posted: 07/20/2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration says 30 people were injured - one critically - after a United Airlines jetliner headed for Los Angeles hit heavy turbulence and was diverted to Denver.

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Newest Senator Expected to Put Unemployment Extension Over The Top

Updated: 07/20/2010 - Senate Democrats are poised to finally clear a procedural hurdle today in their bid to pass an extension of jobless benefits. Democrats have fallen short on several previous occasions but now are on the verge of breaking the GOP filibuster.

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Feds let BP keep oil cap closed for another day

Posted: 07/19/2010 - The federal government's point man for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill says he's authorized BP to keep the cap on its busted well for another 24 hours after the company pledged to closely monitor the seafloor for signs of a new leak.

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Strong Aftershocks Shake Alaska Island Region

Posted: 07/18/2010 - A series of strong aftershocks in Alaska's Aleutian Islands region Sunday followed a powerful earthquake that shook the remote area, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

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Biden's 2008 Campaign Fined $219K for Violations

Posted: 07/17/2010 - Election watchdogs have fined Joe Biden's 2008 presidential campaign more than $219,000 for sloppy bookkeeping and accepting excessive contributions, including a discounted flight on a private jet.

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FDA Cites Quality Problems at NY Brain-Imaging Lab

Updated: 07/17/2010 - A respected brain-imaging center run by Columbia University has halted some research after federal officials repeately complained about the quality of drugs being used on patients.

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FDA Says Breast Cancer Drug Did Not Extend Lives

Updated: 07/17/2010 - Follow-up studies of a Roche breast cancer drug showed that it failed to extend the lives of patients, federal health scientists said Friday, opening the door for it to be potentially withdrawn for use in treating that disease.

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Clinton Heads to Afghanistan as US War Fears Grow

Updated: 07/17/2010 - As concerns grow about the war in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to South Asia on a mission aimed at refining the goals of the nearly 9-year-old conflict.

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No One Found Under Parking Garage Rubble

Posted: 07/17/2010 - Authorities called off a rescue mission at a partly collapsed parking garage Saturday after determining that no one had been trapped when a glass canopy attached to a high-rise condominium building fell the day before, a fire official said.

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Immigrant Deaths in Arizona Desert Soaring in July

Posted: 07/16/2010 - A county medical examiner says deaths among illegal immigrants crossing the southern Arizona desert from Mexico are soaring so much this month the office is using a refrigerated truck to store some of the bodies.

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