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Source: Citi-gov't aid deal may come this week

Updated: 02/26/2009 - Citigroup Inc.'s bid to boost its equity capital could result in the federal government raising its stake in the troubled bank this week to as much as 40 percent, a person familiar with the talks said.

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Obituaries in the news

Updated: 02/26/2009 - The sister of Italy's prime minister passes away at 65, and a science fiction author from the 60's & 70's dies at 91.

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Official: Obama budget sees $1.75 trillion deficit

Updated: 02/26/2009 - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a budget that would boost taxes on the wealthy and curtail Medicare payments to insurance companies and hospitals to make way for a $634 billion down payment on universal health care.

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Middle class task force meets Fri in Philadelphia

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Green jobs, where are they and how to get one, will be the focus when President Barack Obama's task force on middle-class families formally begins its work Friday in Philadelphia.

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Pentagon brass promised secrecy on budget meetings

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The Pentagon says top military officers and civilians had to sign a letter promising to keep budget details secret if they wanted to work on the military's fiscal plan.

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Tests confirm salmonella at Texas peanut plant

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Texas health officials say tests show there was contaminated peanut meal at a plant operated by the company linked to the national salmonella outbreak.

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Church yearbook: Catholics, Southern Baptists lose members

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Membership in the nation's two largest Christian church bodies, the Roman Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Convention, declined slightly in 2007, according to the latest edition of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.

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Gov't says 'mass layoffs' soared in January

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Employers took a large ax to their payrolls in January, the government said Wednesday, and the cuts are likely to get worse over the next few months.

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Obama: Financial sector needs stronger regulations

Updated: 02/25/2009 - President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to pass strong financial sector regulation and oversight to prevent future crises and restore "accountability, transparency and trust in our financial markets."

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News of St. Louis archbishop to be spread by text-message

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Barack Obama the presidential candidate used it to reveal his vice presidential choice. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis will use the same technology to share news of its next archbishop.

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Conservative Lutheran church leader criticizes gay clergy proposal

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod expressed "great disappointment and deep sadness" over a proposal that would allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy in the larger and more liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Catholic parish starts religious ed for autistic

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Two autistic boys sat inside a parochial school classroom this month. In a setting stripped of unnecessary furniture and toys to avoid distraction, they studied pictograms of a bearded Jesus in a red sash and images of their family members and people helping each other.

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Court: No payback for seized Ky. land during WWII

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Former western Kentucky landowners and their families are not entitled to compensation for property taken by the U.S. government to build a military camp at the start of World War II, a federal court said in 2-1 ruling Wednesday, ending a 15-year legal battle in the case.

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Boy held in Pa. killing moved to juvenile center

Updated: 02/25/2009 - An 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy accused of killing his father's pregnant fiancee was moved from a county jail to a juvenile detention center on Wednesday, where authorities say his needs will be better served.

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Obama chooses Locke to run Commerce Department

Updated: 02/25/2009 - President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced he has chosen former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for Commerce secretary, trying a third time to fill a key Cabinet post for a country in recession.

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Police: Miami man kills wife, 2 children and self

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A 53-year-old man fatally shot his wife and two daughters before turning the gun on himself, and a teenage son who survived the attack managed to call police on a cordless phone as he fled, police said Wednesday.

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Biden: Use stimulus money wisely or lose it

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday the Obama administration is determined to speed the $787 billion in stimulus money to Americans clamoring for economic relief, with checks going to states for Medicaid and the next batch of dollars heading to housing.

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