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Ex-inmates hope for help after leaving prison

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Ex-convict Vikki Hankins had the misfortune of being freed from prison during the worst recession since the Great Depression. While serving an 18-year sentence for a nonviolent federal drug conviction, she was assured of taxpayer-funded food and shelter.

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Proof is in the pudding: Foodmakers cut offerings

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Kraft Foods Inc., the nation's largest food maker, will no longer sell Handi-Snacks pudding to retail customers. At the same time, it's pushing new flavors of its more lucrative Jell-O pudding.

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THE INFLUENCE GAME: Coalition rises, then stalls

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Labor unions and business groups have teamed up in a multimillion-dollar national lobbying campaign to pressure President Barack Obama and Congress for big changes in the nation's health care system. But as they get down to the specifics, their strange-bedfellows alliance is quietly at odds.

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Former President Clinton: Obama off to good start

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Former President Bill Clinton said Monday he thinks the country will surmount the current economic crisis, but sees the threat of terrorism and global instability as a longer-term problem.

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Beaver sighted in Detroit River; first in 75 years

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Wildlife officials are celebrating the sighting of a beaver in the Detroit River for the first time in decades, signaling that efforts to clean up the waterway are paying off.

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Dairy cows head for slaughter as milk prices sour

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Hundreds of thousands of America's dairy cows are being turned into hamburgers because milk prices have dropped so low that farmers can no longer afford to feed the animals.

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5 things to know about prepaid phones

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Even without much promotion, prepaid cellular phones are quietly gaining popularity as Americans examine their monthly costs in a deep economic downturn.

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Facebook Backtracks On Terms Of Use After Protests

Posted: 02/18/2009 - In an about-face following a torrent of online protests, Facebook is backing off a change in its user policies while it figures how best to resolve questions like who controls the information shared on the social networking site.

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Clinton Works to Rehab US Image

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is continuing the Obama administration's efforts to rehabilitate America's image abroad, especially with Muslims, during a visit to Indonesia that began Wednesday.

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Chrysler Seeks $9B of Gov't Aid in Viability Plan

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Chrysler LLC said it needs $9 billion of total government financing and it plans to cut 3,000 jobs and eliminate three vehicle models as part of its restructuring plan submitted to the Treasury Department on Tuesday.

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GM Seeks Up to $30B in Aid, Will Cut 47,000 Jobs

Updated: 02/18/2009 - General Motors Corp., presenting a dire outlook for the future, said Tuesday it may need $30 billion in total government financing to weather the economic downturn and would cut 47,000 jobs worldwide and shutter five more U.S. factories in a massive restructuring plan.

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Obama Poised To Sign Stimulus Into Law

Posted: 02/17/2009 - President Barack Obama isn't ruling out a second economic stimulus plan, a top aide said Tuesday, even as Obama flew to Denver to sign into law a $787 billion rescue plan designed to spur consumer spending and create millions of jobs.

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