Harry Potter stays on top of box office

Harry Potter stays on top of box office

A fairy-tale princess gave young wizard Harry Potter a run for his money at the weekend box office. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ remained the No. 1 movie with $50.3 million over Thanksgiving weekend, closely followed by the animated musical “Tangled” with $49.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The next-to-last “Harry […]

Well, we always said Dr. Laura was a space cadet

Well, we always said Dr. Laura was a space cadet

Talk-show host Laura Schlessinger won’t stay away from radio very long — only a weekend, in fact. Sirius XM Radio Inc. said Monday it has a multiyear deal with Schlessinger to bring her “Dr. Laura” advice program to satellite radio in January. Specific terms were not revealed. Schlessinger had said in August that she was […]

Looks like the end is near for Michael Steele

Looks like the end is near for Michael Steele

A significant bloc of Republican National Committee members wants embattled chairman Michael Steele to step aside, but the rank and file have failed to settle on a clear alternative, according to Associated Press interviews with committee members. More than four dozen interviews with members of the 168-member central committee found fear that a badly damaged […]

Obama back on basketball court…as a spectator

Obama back on basketball court…as a spectator

A day after it took 12 stitches to patch a busted lip President Barack Obama suffered during a game of pickup basketball, he was back on the hard court Saturday — as a spectator. Obama took the whole family to Howard University, where they watched the Oregon State Beavers defeat the Howard Bison, 84-74. His […]

Marines most hostile towards gay troops

Marines most hostile towards gay troops

They are the few, the proud and perhaps the military’s biggest opponents of lifting the ban on openly gay troops. Most of those serving in America’s armed forces have no strong objections to repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, according to a Pentagon survey of 400,000 active duty and reservists that is scheduled for […]

Palin doesn’t know difference between North & South Korea

Palin doesn’t know difference between North & South Korea

Sarah Palin is drawing criticism from around the world after declaring that the United States has to stand with “our North Korean allies.” Palin’s gaffe, made Wednesday during an interview on Glenn Beck‘s syndicated radio show, was quickly corrected by her host. But it drew immediate fire from liberal bloggers, who cited it as an […]

North & South Korea ‘on brink of war’

North & South Korea ‘on brink of war’

North Korea warned Friday that U.S.-South Korean plans for military maneuvers put the peninsula on the brink of war, and appeared to launch its own artillery drills within sight of an island it showered with a deadly barrage this week. The fresh artillery blasts were especially defiant because they came as the U.S. commander in […]

Pelosi’s mission: Sabotage Obama deals with GOP

Pelosi’s mission: Sabotage Obama deals with GOP

Hers was the face on the grainy negative TV ads that helped defeat scores of Democrats. His agenda, re-election chances and legacy are on the line. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, chosen after a messy family feud among Democrats to remain as their leader in the new Congress, and President Barack Obama share a keen […]

‘Black Friday’ kicks off the Christmas season

‘Black Friday’ kicks off the Christmas season

After weeks of “Black Friday” sales pitches, the real thing is finally here. Retailers are ushering in the traditional kickoff of the U.S. holiday shopping season on Friday with expanded hours, deep discounts and online deals. Bargain-hungry shoppers are giving them a strong early turnout. The crescendo follows a weeks-long push to get shoppers to […]

Ohio gay rights debate mirrors national mood

Ohio gay rights debate mirrors national mood

Thirty years ago, a vote like the one just decided in the university town of Bowling Green, OH, wouldn’t have happened; gay-rights activism hadn’t taken root across most of America. Thirty years hence, such votes may seem a historical curiosity in a time of equality for gays. Right now, though, the gay rights movement is […]