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Funky Winkerbean and its creator graying together

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Like two aging baby boomers, "Funky Winkerbean" and creator Tom Batiuk have turned gray and have experienced their share of life's ups and downs in a 40-year run on the funny pages.

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Obama's health care aid to small firms disappoints

Posted: 05/30/2012 - A health insurance tax credit for small businesses, part of President Barack Obama's health care law that gets strong support in public opinion polls, has turned out to be a disappointment.

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Guitar picking master Doc Watson dies in NC at 89

Posted: 05/30/2012 - From the folk revival of the 1960s to the Americana movement of the 21st century, Watson remained a constant source of inspiration and a treasured touchstone before his death Tuesday at age 89.

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New lab turns SD gold town into scientific hub

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Nestled nearly 5,000 feet beneath the earth in the gold boom town of Lead, S.D., is a laboratory that could help scientists answer some pretty heavy questions about life, its origins and the universe.

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Deals with banks stack fees on college students

Posted: 05/30/2012 - As many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to get to their financial aid money, according to a report.

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Battered BlackBerry maker weighs options

Posted: 05/30/2012 - BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion has hired a team of bankers to help it weigh its options as its business erodes in the face of an exodus to the iPhone and Android smartphones.

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2012 National Spelling Bee kicks off

Posted: 05/29/2012 - No Wikepedia, no spell check, it's just all smarts for over 200 contestants in the 2012 National Spelling Bee today.

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Dennis Rodman sentenced in family court

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced in family court Tuesday to 104 hours of community service on four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support.

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Slow, wet Beryl dumps rain on US Southeast coast

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Residents along the Southeast coast were warned of possible flooding Tuesday from former Tropical Storm Beryl that left up to 10 inches of rain in northern Florida

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Worker shot outside South Texas polling location

Posted: 05/29/2012 - A witness says a campaign worker was struck in the leg in a drive-by shooting about 100 yards from a South Texas polling place that doubles as a police and fire station.

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LAPD allowed Manson family member recordings

Posted: 05/29/2012 - A Texas judge has ruled that Los Angeles police are entitled to recordings of conversations between a Manson family member and his attorney.

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Author's son seeks Malcolm X letter at Syracuse

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The son of Malcolm X's biographer is asking Syracuse University to hand over a letter in which the slain activist writes about his shifting views on race relations, claiming his family is the rightful owner.

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John Edwards jury resumes deliberation for 7th day

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The jury in the John Edwards campaign finance corruption trial is deliberating for a seventh day after a long weekend in which they were warned by the judge not to discuss the case.

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Obama campaign raps Romney on Trump rhetoric

Posted: 05/29/2012 - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is releasing a television advertisement accusing Mitt Romney of failing to stand up to "the voices of extremism" in his party.

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Witness says naked attacker was chewing man's face

Posted: 05/29/2012 - A witness says a naked man chewing on the face of another naked man on a downtown highway ramp kept eating and growled at a police officer who fatally shot him to make him stop.

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US officials assess storm preparations after Beryl

Posted: 05/29/2012 - With the official start of hurricane season coming Friday, U.S. officials are reviewing their disaster plans — especially since a tropical storm already swept ashore this week.

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Obama vows to protect benefits for veterans

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The president paid special tribute to Vietnam veterans, noting that many "came home and were sometimes denigrated when you should have been celebrated."

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Judge excuses 3rd juror in Roger Clemens trial

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The federal judge in the perjury trial against former major league pitcher Roger Clemens has excused a third juror, leaving just one alternate as the trial enters its seventh week.

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Dairies pamper cows with massages, waterbeds

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Gilbertson rubbed the Holstein's spine by gently squeezing it from neck to tail, pausing to apply firm pressure to one hip and readjust several vertebrae.

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Home prices rise in most major US cities

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Home prices rose in March from February in most major U.S. cities for the first time in seven months. The increase is latest evidence of a slow recovery taking shape in the troubled housing market.

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Man falls to death from crane in Dallas standoff

Updated: 05/29/2012 - A man dangled from the cab of a 150-foot construction crane before falling to his death early Tuesday at a college campus in Dallas, ending a more than 14-hour standoff, police said.

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