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Libyan jet with 104 crashes; child sole survivor

TRIPOLI, Libya – A Libyan plane carrying 104 people crashed Wednesday on approach to Tripoli's airport, leaving a field scattered with smoldering debris that included a large chunk of the tail painted with the airline's brightly colored logo.

Senators to query Kagan, but don't expect answers

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan got a pledge from a key Democrat to help smooth her path to confirmation, while the top Senate Republican said she must prove she wouldn't be a rubber stamp for the White House. Sitting beside her in

Supreme Court closing iconic front entrance

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is closing its iconic front entrance beneath the words "Equal Justice Under Law." Beginning Tuesday, visitors no longer will ascend the wide marble steps to enter the 75-year-old building.

Iran, US take their nuclear dispute to UN stage

UNITED NATIONS – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brought his nuclear showdown with Western powers to New York on Monday, turning a U.N.

United, Continental to form largest airline

United Airlines has agreed to buy Continental in a $3 billion-plus deal that would create the world's largest carrier with a commanding position in several top U.S.

Conflicting reports emerge about Russia suspending adoptions

MOSCOW – A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday that adoptions of Russian children by U.S. families had been suspended, although other Russian and U.S.

In down economy, older moms' births still up in US

ATLANTA – U.S. births fell in 2008, probably because of the recession, updated government figures confirm.

Toyota slapped with $16 million fine

WASHINGTON – Toyota Motor Corp. faces a maximum penalty of more than $16 million, a record civil penalty against an automaker, for failing to promptly notify the U.S.