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New: Trade Deficit Falls for Seventh Straight Month

Posted: 04/09/2009 - The government says the U.S. trade deficit plunged unexpectedly in February to the lowest level in more than nine years as the steep recession pushed imports down for a seventh straight month while U.S. exports managed a small rebound.

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New: New Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected

Posted: 04/09/2009 - New jobless claims fell more than expected last week, while those continuing to receive unemployment insurance set a record for the 11th straight week.

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US Planes, Warship Watching over Pirated Vessel

Posted: 04/09/2009 - The U.S. Navy is keeping a close watch on the still unfolding pirate drama off the coast of Somalia, using P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft and other equipment.

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Indianapolis woman dies trying to stop sword fight

Posted: 04/09/2009 - Police have charged an Indianapolis man in the death of his 77-year-old grandmother, who died after trying to break up a sword fight between him and her 69-year-old brother-in-law.

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Iran inaugurates new nuclear fuel facility

Posted: 04/09/2009 - Iran's president has inaugurated a new facility producing uranium fuel for a planned heavy-water nuclear reactor. The West fears the reactor could eventually be used for producing a nuclear weapon.

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Somali Minister: Pirates won't win standoff

Posted: 04/09/2009 - Somalia's Foreign Minister has told the Associated Press that pirates are “playing with fire” and “cannot win” against American forces in a cargo ship hostage standoff.

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Early reports: March sales fall, but less sharply

Posted: 04/09/2009 - Retailers say sales fell in March as shoppers continue to shop cautiously and spend mainly on necessities such as food. But similar to February, the declines are more moderate than in previous months.

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Wells Fargo projects record $3 billion 1Q profit

Posted: 04/09/2009 - Wells Fargo says it expects to report record earnings for the first quarter, easily surpassing analysts' estimates. The news is helping send stock futures higher.

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Hijacked ship captain's family holds tense vigil

Posted: 04/09/2009 - A relative of hijacked ship Captain Richard Phillips says Phillips and the pirates holding him aboard a lifeboat are getting food and water from the crew of the cargo vessel from which he was taken.

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Rancher joins in Sage Grouse conservation effort

Posted: 04/09/2009 - A western Colorado rancher will be the first landowner in the state to participate in a voluntary program aimed at preserving the Gunnison Sage Grouse, which is under review for federal protection.

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Company, truck driver cited in fatal wreck

Posted: 04/09/2009 - A New Mexico transportation agency has determined that a trailer that lost two tires on U.S. 550, causing a crash that killed a Durango man, had a defective rim and was overdue for an inspection.

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