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Vermont store's blue items make customers see red

Updated: 02/19/2009 - For 64 years, it's been a mailbox staple, offering home remedies, kitchen wares and long-forgotten brands in hopes of helping consumers solve life's little problems, from spider veins to unwanted nose hair. But recently, the Vermont Country Store catalog made a surprising addition: sex aids.

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Nev. regulators warn of card-counting iPhone app

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Nevada gambling regulators have warned casinos about a card-counting program for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch that can illegally help players beat the house in blackjack.

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Pilot's actions scrutinized in Flight 3407 crash

Updated: 02/19/2009 - The sounds of the last desperate minutes in the cockpit aboard Flight 3407 could be clues to the cause of a crash that came violently and suddenly, with the doomed plane dropping steeply and pitching and rolling like a rollercoaster.

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Burris: Feds' questions didn't prompt admissions

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Sen. Roland Burris insisted Monday that a newly released affidavit outlining contacts with ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother and other advisers was voluntary and not the result of contact from federal agents investigating the former governor.

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Shoulder pads bring '80s style to Fashion Week

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Remember the '80s, when big hair and even bigger shoulders were the height of chic? The designers at New York Fashion Week won't let you forget. Yes, the shoulder pad is back.

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NYC agency plans to mark 140 years of adoptions

Updated: 02/19/2009 - Alberta Sorensen grew up knowing nearly nothing about her origins - not even her true birthday. What she knew was a Manhattan building and a nun her adoptive parents proudly took her to visit once a year.

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NYC toy fair vendor offers Madoff doll - to smash

Updated: 02/19/2009 - One of the vendors at this week's Toy Fair is offering the "Smash-Me Bernie," a $99.95 Madoff lookalike doll that wears a devil-red suit and carries a pitchfork. It comes with its own hammer - so you can pulverize it.

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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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