New iPhone launch becomes high tech meltdown The launch of Apple Inc.'s much-anticipated new
iPhone turned into an information-technology meltdown on Friday, as customers were unable to get their phones working.4:50 p.m.
Film director celebrates 1994 While 1994 may not stick out in many people's minds as being one of the watershed years of U.S. history, it does for film director Jonathan Levine. "Much like 1776, just with more rap music," he says. It's the year he set his new film "The Wackness."4:53 p.m.
McCain touts his economic plan in Hudson visit Republican presidential candidate John McCain held a town hall meeting today in Hudson, Wis., where he talked to an audience made up of mostly women about his plans to boost a sagging economy.5:21 p.m.
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Stocks Down On Mortgage, Oil Woes
The Dow falls a little more than 1 percent on Friday. The main reasons for the decline are fears over the future of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as oil prices, which touched $147 per barrel before retreating.
Freddie, Fannie Troubles Continue
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stock values are down again Friday. Investors are worried that the two home mortgage giants may collapse from the burden of homeowners defaulting on their mortgages. Already, the two companies have posted $11 billion in losses.
How Fannie, Freddie Got Their Names
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are both creative acronyms for congressionally created home mortgage companies. The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. became Freddie Mac and the Federal National Mortgage Association became Fannie Mae.
Fresh Details In Canada Feet Case
Canadian police are starting to say more about the mystery of the five disembodied human feet that have been found along the coast of British Columbia. On Thursday, police said two of the feet belonged to the same person.
Bodies Of Missing Soldiers Found In Iraq
The Defense Department has confirmed that the remains of two soldiers kidnapped in May 2007 were discovered Wednesday and identified Thursday. The two were abducted in the area known as the "triangle of death," which is south of Baghdad.
Support For Afghan Government Erodes
Support among Afghans for their government is eroding in the face of escalating violence. Many say they feel trapped in their own country. They don't feel safe in the south, the birthplace of Taliban, or in other parts of the country.
Some In D.C. Ready To Pull Trigger On Owning Gun
Some D.C. residents and entrepreneurs are eager to take a shot at owning a gun or gun shop. Officials, however, continue to address the ricochet effects of the recent Supreme Court decision on the city's handgun ban.
D.C. Drafts New Gun Law
The Supreme Court decision has led Washington, D.C., to draft a new handgun law. D.C. Council Member Phil Mendelson, chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, says the new measure will likely include a self-defense exception.
ICC May Seek Warrant For Sudan President
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court may seek an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar Bashir on charges of genocide in the country's Darfur region. It would be the first time a sitting head of state has been charged by the court.
A Literary Tribute To Iraq's Port City
Muhammad Khudayyir's book Basrayatha: The Story of a City is part memoir, part history, part tribute and part travelogue. Basrayatha narrates the story of the port city of Basra and says that without date palms and waterways, it wouldn't be what it is.