A small-town Georgia police supervisor who acknowledged having made off-color remarks about the woman who accused a football star of raping her has resigned.
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Mysterious fireball lights up sky: A flash of light, later explained to be part of a meteor shower, was spotted over Iowa and Wisconsin. (No audio)
Massive fireball reported in Midwestern sky: Authorities in several Midwestern states were flooded Wednesday night with reports of a gigantic fireball lighting up the sky, the National Weather Service said.
SEC charges Goldman Sachs with fraud: The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged Wall Street's most gilded firm, Goldman Sachs, with defrauding investors in a sale of securities tied to subprime mortgages.
GE: 7,000 tax returns, $0 U.S. tax bill: General Electric filed more than 7,000 income tax returns in hundreds of global jurisdictions last year, but when push came to shove, the company owed the U.S. government a whopping bill of $0.
Willie Nelson talks smoking pot: CNN's Larry King talks to legendary singer Willie Nelson about why he supports marijuana legalization.
Nearly half of all U.S. states reported rising unemployment rates in March, the government said Friday, with rates above the national average in 11 states and the District of Columbia.
A total of 24 states suffered jobless rate increases in March, according to the Labor Department's monthly report. But rates declined last month in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
The woman who accused football star Ben Roethlisberger of raping her last month in a bar in Milledgeville, Georgia, described the alleged incident to police as the culmination of a night of bar-hopping.\
The United States is unable to properly monitor hundreds of millions of dollars of aid it sends to western Pakistan, where al Qaeda and other extremists are extremely active, according to a new report.
Investigators for the General Accounting Office, the watchdog agency funded by the U.S. Congress, blames difficulties in tracking the aid on both security problems and insufficient cooperation by the Pakistan government.
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Dow tumbles 126, but clings to 11,000
Stocks tumbled Friday, with the Dow industrials skidding to end just above 11,000, as financial shares tumbled after U.S. regulators charged Goldman Sachs with defrauding investors.
Senate Republicans offered a cool reception Friday to a federal judicial nominee who has become a political lightning rod over his liberal views and his preparation for confirmation hearings.
Lawmakers on both sides traded barbs over Goodwin Liu's qualifications and his past statements on a variety of hot-button topics during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Thailand's prime minister handed security operations entirely to the country's military Friday after three anti-government protest leaders' bold escape from a hotel surrounded by security forces.
"The important problem now is the terrorism," Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said, referring to what authorities say is a terrorist group mixing among protesters. He spoke in a televised broadcast after three days of silence amid the tumult in his country.
More than four years after the death of 14-year-old Florida boot camp inmate Martin Lee Anderson, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced no federal criminal civil rights charges will be filed against eight staff members.
The announcement effectively closes the case.
The demise of Washington Mutual, the biggest bank failure in U.S. history, was due largely to a high-risk lending strategy pursued by the company's management, according to a government report released Friday.
A Spanish army helicopter crashed in Haiti on Friday in a mountainous region along the country's border with the Dominican Republic, a U.N. spokesman said.
The aircraft was carrying a crew of four and, though their status was unknown, a Chilean U.N. team flew over the wreckage and believed there were no survivors, said Michel Bonnardeaux, a spokesman for the U.N. Mission in Haiti.
[Posted at 4:34 p.m.] They are accused of "enticing" the Camden County sheriff's department in North Carolina to pose as the purchaser of M4 and Ak47s, then directing the deliveries to Blackwater's facility in nearby Moyock where the firearms were stocked as part of the company's arsenal.
Blackwater is a security firm with federal contracts involving security overseas and training programs in the United States.
The indictment alleges that Blackwater was hoping to get a security contract with the Jordanian government and "arranged to present the King of Jordan ... with several firearms as gifts." When the defendants couldn't account for the firearms in their inventory, they allegedly falsified four separate forms to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), claiming they had personally purchased the firearms.
[Posted at 4:17 p.m.] A federal grand jury has indicted former Blackwater President Gary Jackson and four other officials at the company - now known as Xe Services - on felony weapons charges.
Forty-seven nations attended President Obama's Nuclear Security Summit this week in Washington. Among them were eight from the Middle East, including six Arab nations. Iran wasn't at the summit, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided at the last minute not to attend but sent a representative instead.
Netanyahu's move got most of the reaction in Arab media and on the Arab street. A majority believes that Israel once more undermined the United States and signaled trouble for the region, while other smaller but effective groups said Netanyahu did Arabs a service by bolstering the Arab position as moderates in the world.
"Thank you Netanyahu" for not showing up at the nuclear summit, said columnist Abdul Rahman al-Rashed in an op-ed for the Saudi Asharq Alawsat. Al-Rashed's sarcasm and direct criticism of the Israeli prime minister was not widely echoed across the Middle East. However, it was an opinion shared by many intellectuals among Arabs, the moderates and those with cool enough attitudes to analyze what's going on rather than offer the usual reactive opinion when it comes to Israel, Arabs and the United States.
Five Latin American countries did not offer adequate human rights last year, an Organization of American States commission said in an annual report.
Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras and Venezuela were listed in the 2009 report released Thursday by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. All but Honduras also had been listed in the 2008 report. Honduras was added this year because of a military-led coup in June that toppled a democratically elected president.
Volcanic ash from Iceland is snarling air traffic across Europe, causing more than 16,000 flights to be canceled, according to the intergovernmental body that manages European air travel.
The ash cloud originated from an eruption under an Icelandic glacier that began early Wednesday. The eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier - the latest in a series that began on March 20 - blew a hole in the mass of ice and created a cloud of smoke and ash that went high into the air.
And it's causing lots of headaches around the world. Many travelers have been left in limbo - stuck where they are - without any idea of when they may be able to head home, to see loved ones in the hospital or make it to planned events.
Yvonne Simons is hoping to make it to Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Friday to spend time with her father before he has heart surgery next week.
She's scheduled to fly out of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Friday afternoon, but she's getting conflicting messages from Continental Airlines about her flight status.
"Over the years we've seen many qualities in Kobe Bryant - immaturity, greatness, hubris, intelligence and killer instinct, to name but a few," writes SI.com’s Chris Ballard. "But not until recently have we seen vulnerability. Not mentally, mind you, but physically. And to be clear, we're talking about relative vulnerability, for Bryant remains one of the best athletes in the league. Still, it is there."
Which makes the Lakers first-round matchup against the upstart Thunder even more compelling because the series already includes Oklahoma star Kevin Durant, who this week became the youngest player in NBA history to win a scoring title. The NBA playoffs start Saturday (the Lakers-Thunder play Sunday) and with the NHL playoffs and baseball in full gear, it’s promises to be a busy weekend in sports. Here’s some highlights for Friday (All times Eastern):
-Inter Milan at Juventus (2:45 PM)
The Derby d'Italia offers plenty of drama: Inter (67) is one point behind Serie A leaders Roma with five games remaining while Juventus sits in sixth place with 51 points, three points behind fourth-place Palermo. Juventus defeated Inter 2-1 in a home game in December.
The death toll in the China earthquake now stands at 1,114, relief officials said on Friday.
Rescuers were also racing against the clock Friday to pull survivors from the rubble, hours after Premier Wen Jiabao traveled to China's earthquake-devastated zone to inspect the damage and assure victims that the search would continue.