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Justice Department Probes S&P Mortgage Ratings

Posted: 08/18/2011 - The Justice Department is investigating whether the nation’s largest credit ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis, according to two people interviewed by the government and another briefed on such interviews.

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Tampa Student Arrested In School Bomb Plot

Posted: 08/17/2011 - Tampa police arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they called a "catastrophic" plot to set off a bomb at his former high school next week, authorities said Wednesday.

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Tornado-Stricken Joplin Takes Back-To-School Break

Posted: 08/17/2011 - Joplin students and teachers are returning to classes less than three months after the country's single deadliest tornado in six decades cut their school year short.

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23 Percent Of N.C. Children Live In Poverty

Posted: 08/17/2011 - Nearly a quarter of North Carolina's children are living in poverty. A new child welfare survey says the state ranks 38th in the nation for its child poverty percentage with 23 percent.

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NBC: US Sends More Predator Drones To Libya

Posted: 08/17/2011 - The United States stepped up its military assistance to the NATO mission in Libya slightly this week, sending in two additional Predator drones to fly combat air patrols, a senior defense official told NBC News.

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Attacks In Iraq Heighten Political Tensions

Posted: 08/17/2011 - One day after insurgents unleashed the most lethal series of attacks in Iraq this year, political tensions flared as Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki appointed a member of his governing coalition as acting defense minister.

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Tainted Beef Leads To Grocery Recalls

Updated: 08/16/2011 - At least three major grocery store chains are recalling certain packages of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination.

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SWAT Captures Australian Fake Bomb Suspect In Kentucky

Posted: 08/16/2011 - An FBI SWAT team descended on a Louisville suburb to arrest a man authorities say broke into a family's home in Australia and chained a fake bomb to a teenage woman's neck as part of an extortion ploy.

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Amazon Cracks Down On E-Books

Posted: 08/15/2011 - Amazon is cracking down on books that have been published under what is called private label rights.

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Perry, Bachmann Compete For Attention In Iowa

Updated: 08/14/2011 - It might be a preview of the months ahead in the GOP presidential race. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who just got into the race, and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, fresh off an Iowa straw poll victory, were competing for attention Sunday as their campaign schedules put them at the same event.

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Pawlenty Drops Out Of Presidential Race

Updated: 08/14/2011 - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday, hours after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll.

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4 Dead After Indiana State Fair Stage Collapses

Posted: 08/13/2011 - Four people are dead and a dozen were injured after a stage collapsed during a storm at the Indiana State Fair, where the country group Sugarland was set to perform.

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