Woods wins golf writers award for 10th time

HOUSTON (AP) — Tiger Woods has been voted male player of the year by the Golf Writers Association of America by an overwhelming margin over Steve Stricker, with most ballots returns after he became...

Finchem says PGA Tour will get by without Woods

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Even as he held firm that golf would survive no matter how long Tiger Woods stayed away, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the sex scandal of his...

Americans increase spending, but not on new homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are starting to spend a bit more money, but not enough to power a strong economic recovery. Consumer spending posted its second straight monthly increase in November, rising 0.5 percent, the...

Mich. hopes to reuse 2 recently shuttered prisons

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is still looking for federal or out-of-state inmates to fill a pair of recently shuttered prisons after reaching a deal with Pennsylvania to house 1,000 of that state's prisoners, an...

Buffett’s company continues cutting Moody’s stake

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett's company is continuing to reduce its stake in credit ratings firm Moody's Corp., but Berkshire Hathaway Inc. still controls about 13 percent of Moody's stock. Berkshire sold 87,992...

Geithner: Job growth should resume by springtime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says he believes it's reasonable to expect "positive job growth" by spring and that people should have confidence about an improving economic climate. In an interview broadcast on...

Stocks finish slightly higher despite housing data

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended an erratic session with a slender gain Wednesday as rising commodities prices offset disappointment over an unexpected drop in home sales. Gains in commodities drove the shares of energy...

US housing data tempers optimism in world markets

LONDON (AP) — European stock markets rose modestly Wednesday on optimism about the recovery even as Wall Street remained flat, as downbeat housing data restrained any gains. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading...

Panic but no deaths in jet accident in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Passengers on American Airlines Flight 331 had endured the crowded airports and delays of holiday travel, and were moments from their Caribbean destination. Suddenly, everything seemed to spin out of...

Tears, prayers mark Asian tsunami anniversary, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AS

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Buddhist monks chanted on white-sand beaches in Thailand and thousands prayed at mosques in Indonesia to mark the fifth anniversary of the Asian tsunami that left 230,000 people dead. The devastating...

NKorea weapons smugglers left trail around world

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities' high-profile inspection of 35 tons of North Korean weapons was nearing completion Friday, as clues emerging around the world shed light on the business of arms trafficking — and...

NKorea weapons smugglers left trail around world, 3rd Ld-Writethru, AS

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities' high-profile inspection of 35 tons of North Korean weapons was nearing completion Friday, as clues emerging around the world shed light on the business of arms trafficking — and...

NKorean weapons smugglers left trail around world, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AS

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities' high-profile inspection of 35 tons of North Korean weapons was nearing completion Friday, as clues emerging around the world shed light on the business of arms trafficking — and...

Crew of NKorean weapons plane jailed 12 more days, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

BANGKOK (AP) — The crew of a cargo plane loaded with weapons from North Korea was ordered Friday to remain in a Thai prison for 12 more days, as authorities request more time to...

Crew of NKorean weapons plane jailed 12 more days

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has ordered the crew of a cargo plane seized in Bangkok earlier this month to remain in a Thai prison 12 more days pending investigations. The five crew members...

Crew of NKorean weapons plane jailed 12 more days, 9th Ld, AS

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has ordered the crew of a cargo plane seized in Bangkok earlier this month to remain in a Thai prison 12 more days pending investigations. The five crew members...

Some struggles, a lot of hope, for tsunami orphans, AS

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — The 2004 tsunami obliterated Pipit's village, wiped out her family and swept her through churning waters, cascading debris and hurtling bodies. On her first night as an orphan, at the...

Tsunami recovery: numbers tell the tale, AS

On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive undersea earthquake off Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 14 Asian and African countries. The quake: — unleashed energy equivalent to 550 million Hiroshima atomic explosions; — left...

Tsunami recovery: numbers tell the tale

On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive undersea earthquake off Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 14 Asian and African countries. The quake: — unleashed energy equivalent to 550 million Hiroshima atomic explosions; — left...

US pastor accused of student visa conspiracy, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A pastor in California has been accused by immigration authorities of helping foreigners fraudulently obtain student visas and handing out phony diplomas at a fake graduation ceremony on a...