St. Louis – Shoppers flocked to St. Louis area stores and malls early Friday morning.
As usual, retailers are hoping "Black Friday" will kick off a profitable holiday shopping season, but economists are not optimistic.
Retail sales could be off by as much as 15-percent this year, according to some surveys. University of Missouri-St. Louis economics professor Michael Allison said that's due to several factors, including the faltering economy.
Los Angeles – Federal jurors in Los Angeles deliberating charges against Lori Drew have suggested in a note to the judge they've reached verdicts on three of the four counts.
Drew is accused of conspiracy and accessing computers without authorization for her alleged role in a scheme to create a fake online profile of a teenage boy to harass 13-year-old neighbor Megan Meier.
Megan was being treated for depression. She committed suicide in 2006 after receiving a cruel message on the internet.
Chicago – Attorneys for former Illinois Governor George Ryan have submitted a request asking President Bush to let Ryan out of federal prison. Ryan is serving a 6-and-a-half year sentence for racketeering and other crimes committed while governor and secretary of state.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said Tuesday he may send a letter of support to the president asking for a commutation.
Durbin said Ryan has paid a price for his crimes by losing his state pension and being separated from his sick wife.
"Liberal media" is a term most news outlets want no part of. But bloggers wear their political stripes with pride.
The Huffington Post website is unabashedly left of center. And founder Arianna Huffington says journalism is better when reporters ditch what she calls the pretense of objectivity and write from a specific point of view.