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Moon chips from Vegas casino mogul sent to NASA

Posted: 05/23/2012 - It's been a long, strange trip for what appears to be several tiny chips of lunar rock that found their way into a casino mogul's hands after being collected by the first men on the moon.

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Regulators probe bank's role in Facebook IPO

Posted: 05/23/2012 - Regulators are examining whether Morgan Stanley, selectively informed clients of an analyst's negative report about the company before Facebook stock started trading.

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Senator: Prostitution scandal wider than believed

Posted: 05/23/2012 - Several small groups of Secret Service employees separately visited clubs, bars and brothels in Colombia last month and engaged in reckless, "morally repugnant" behavior, Sen. Susan Collins says.

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Auction claims it's selling vial with Reagan blood

Posted: 05/23/2012 - A Channel Islands auction house says it's selling a vial that allegedly contains blood residue from Ronald Reagan — a move denounced Tuesday by the late U.S. president's family and his foundation.

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CBO warns of US falling off 'fiscal cliff'

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A new government study released Tuesday says that allowing Bush-era tax cuts to expire and a scheduled round of automatic spending cuts to take effect would probably throw the economy into a recession.

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2010 census missed more than 1.5M minorities

Posted: 05/22/2012 - The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate, the government said Tuesday.

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Senate panel approves airline security fee hike

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A Democratic-controlled Senate panel Tuesday approved a $2.50 increase in airline security fees that would double the per-passenger fee for those taking nonstop flights.

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Auction claims it's selling vial with Reagan blood

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A Channel Islands auction house says it's selling a vial that allegedly contains blood residue from Ronald Reagan — a move denounced Tuesday by the late U.S. president's family and his foundation.

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Michigan jury close to finish line in stabbings trial

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A prosecutor in Michigan is telling jurors that DNA evidence and the opinions of mental health experts are grounds for convicting an Israeli immigrant of murder in the first trial from a series of 2010 stabbings.

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Man in stable condition after Niagara Falls plunge

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A man who survived a plunge of at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls was in stable condition Tuesday, a day after his apparent suicide attempt that led to a dramatic and painstaking rescue.

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Chicago police get high marks for NATO protests

Posted: 05/22/2012 - The sight of Chicago police raising billy clubs against demonstrators Sunday was the kind of image that has dogged the city's police force longer than most of those who clashed with protesters have been alive.

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Man arrested in case of missing California teen

Posted: 05/22/2012 - Antolin Garcia-Torres was arrested Monday evening at a Safeway store in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said at a late Monday news conference.

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Obama's preference for talks with Iran faces test

Posted: 05/22/2012 - Wednesday's talks in Baghdad come at a critical juncture in the almost decade-long effort to persuade Iran's government to halt its enrichment of uranium and allow unfettered access to international inspectors.

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Houston museum unveils $85 million dinosaur hall

Posted: 05/22/2012 - Pups in her womb, a large eye visible behind the rib cage, one baby stuck in the birth canal: all fossilized evidence that this ancient marine beast, the Ichthyosaur, died in childbirth.

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NJ man charged in Chista Pike Plot arrested again

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A New Jersey man charged in a foiled plot to help Tennessee's only female death row inmate escape is accused of trying to orchestrate a mortgage scam in the Garden State.

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Houston museum unveils $85 million dinosaur hall

Posted: 05/22/2012 - Jurassic Mom's almost certainly painful death is perfectly preserved in a rare fossil skeleton, one of the many unique items that will go on display in the Houston Museum of Natural Science's $85 million dinosaur hall when it opens to the public June 2.

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Boy rescued above waterfall not scared - at first

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A 13-year-old boy rescued at the top of a 270-foot waterfall in Washington state says he just wanted to cool off, but soon found himself stuck precariously on a rock for hours as crews tried to reach him.

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Born to run barefoot? Some end up getting injured

Posted: 05/22/2012 - As more runners experiment with barefoot running, doctors say they are treating injuries, mainly in people who ramped up too fast. In serious cases, they are laid up for several months.

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Romney's Bain playbook unclear as attacks grow

Posted: 05/22/2012 - Mitt Romney has yet to shape a playbook to defend a quarter-century in the business world that created great riches for himself and great hardship, at times, for some American workers.

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Revived focus on regulation after JPMorgan loss

Posted: 05/22/2012 - Federal regulators and lawmakers are renewing the focus on financial regulation in the wake of a multibillion-dollar trading loss at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Private rocket blasts toward space station

Posted: 05/22/2012 - A first-of-its-kind commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful liftoff early Tuesday, opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.

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Head of US nuclear safety agency to step down

Posted: 05/21/2012 - Gregory Jaczko stepped down ahead of a potentially blistering report due out soon from the agency's inspector general, which has been investigating his actions for more than a year.

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