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'Hard choices' budget sees $1.75 trillion deficit

Updated: 02/26/2009 - President Barack Obama unveiled a multi-trillion-dollar spending plan Thursday that would boost taxes on the wealthy, curtail Medicare, lay the groundwork for universal health care and leave a string of deficits dwarfing any in the nation's history.

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Clinton dispatching new North Korea envoy

Updated: 02/26/2009 - A U.S. official says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is planning to send the administration's new envoy on North Korean policy to consult in Moscow and Asian capitals.

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Alleged Iraq roadside bomber pleads guilty in U.S.

Updated: 02/26/2009 - The first insurgent from the Iraq war prosecuted in U.S. courts pleaded guilty on Thursday to planting roadside bombs. His plea deal carries a 25-year sentence, but the Netherlands will decide how much time he spends in prison.

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FDA warned syringe producer of serious problems

Updated: 02/26/2009 - Federal regulators warned a syringe manufacturer of "several significant violations" in its quality control system two years before its needles triggered an outbreak of bacterial infections that prosecutors say led to at least five deaths and hundreds of illnesses.

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Obama proposes slashing farm payments

Updated: 02/26/2009 - Big farms that receive large government subsidies would lose some of that money under President Barack Obama's budget.

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Clinton congratulates leaders of Kosovo

Updated: 02/26/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is congratulating Kosovo on its first year of independence. At a news conference at the State Department, she called Kosovo the world's youngest democracy.

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Obama continues Bush space plan, adds extra money

Updated: 02/26/2009 - President Barack Obama is proposing moderate increases in space spending. Obama emphasizes global warming research and continues plans to retire space shuttles next year while eventually returning astronauts to the moon.

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New-home sales tumble to record low pace in Jan.

Updated: 02/26/2009 - New-home sales tumbled to a record-low annual pace in January and there's no relief in sight as mounting damage from the collapsed housing market pushes the country deeper into recession.

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FBI agent shot during round up of drug suspects

Updated: 02/26/2009 - Authorities say an FBI agent was shot during a roundup of drug suspects at a house in Buffalo. He was part of a group of law enforcement officers rounding up drug and money-laundering suspects.

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Suspect in NJ bank robberies lives next to police

Updated: 02/26/2009 - Police didn't have to travel far to find a man accused of robbing three banks in southern New Jersey. That's because 61-year-old Lawrence Dove Sr. lives next door to a police station.

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GM posts $9.6B 4Q loss, burns through $6.2B cash

Updated: 02/26/2009 - General Motors Corp. posted a $9.6 billion fourth-quarter loss and said it burned through $6.2 billion of cash in the last three months of 2008 as it fought the worst U.S. auto sales climate since 1982 and sought government loans to keep the century-old company running.

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Brookings study gives thumbs down to European test

Updated: 02/26/2009 - When it comes to measuring U.S. students against kids around the world, the National Governors Association and other groups have encouraged states to look at a European test used in 57 other countries.

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Orders for big-ticket goods weaker than expected

Updated: 02/26/2009 - Manufacturers saw orders for big-ticket goods plunge by a bigger-than-expected 5.2 percent in January as global economic troubles cut into demand from customers both in the United States and abroad.

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Injured good Samaritan ticketed for jaywalking

Updated: 02/26/2009 - A good Samaritan who helped push three people out of the path of a pickup truck before being struck and injured has gotten a strange reward for his good deed: A jaywalking ticket.

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Furor shouldn't keep Burris from doing his job

Updated: 02/26/2009 - Even though he's under pressure to resign, experts say that shouldn't keep Illinois Sen. Roland Burris from serving his constituents while he holds on to the seat.

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West Coast salmon numbers up, but not enough

Updated: 02/26/2009 - The Pacific Fishery Management Council said Wednesday that there are barely enough chinook returning to California's Sacramento River to spawn a new generation.

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Republicans, Democrats says Jindal not ready for prime time

Updated: 02/26/2009 - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal delivered the Republican response to President Barack Obama's speech to Congress on Tuesday night. Some of the kinder descriptions from political pundits have included insane, childish and a disaster.

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Black caucus to press Obama on priorities

Updated: 02/26/2009 - President Barack Obama may be in familiar company when he sits down for his first White House meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, but it won't be a clubby reunion.

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