Adding Jobs a top priority, Obama says
Putting more Americans back to work is the top priority in 2010 for the White House, which is also looking to rein in deficits that threaten to choke off the economic recovery, President Barack Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. Noting progress, with the government on Friday reporting the economy grew at an annual rate of 5.7 percent in the final quarter of 2009, Obama also acknowledged those "still struggling" to find work. "Our mission isn't just to grow the economy. It's to grow jobs for folks who want them, and ensure wages are rising for those who have them," Obama said.
GOP response: In the Republican reply, Maine Sen. Susan Collins reiterated GOP criticism of the administration's handling of the suspect in the attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day, saying the Nigerian man accused in the incident was treated as a criminal defendant, not as an "enemy combatant."
$200M sought to hold Sept. 11 trials
The Obama administration is proposing a $200 million fund to help pay for security costs in cities hosting the trials of accused terrorists such as Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The Associated Press said it was told by a congressional aide familiar with the plan that the money will be included in the president's budget.
Palin PAC raised $2.1 million in 2009
Sarah PAC, the political action committee of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, collected $1.4 million over the final six months of 2009, a solid — if not spectacular — total that demonstrates her fundraising capacity as she mulls a bid for national office in 2012. For the year, Palin raised roughly $2.1 million through Sarah PAC and ended the year with $900,000 in the bank.
Acquittal in 'Girls Gone Wild' case
A jury acquitted a former Nevada sheriff's deputy of bribery charges after she was accused of accepting nearly $10,000 in gifts in exchange for giving special treatment to Joe Francis, the jailed founder of the Girls Gone Wild video empire. Ex-Washoe County Sheriff's Sgt. Michon Mills, 39, embraced her attorney and broke into tears as the foreman of the jury read the verdict in U.S. District Court in Reno Friday evening.
Missouri: Jefferson City police alleged in a probable cause statement that Terri Chilton, 41, fed her granddaughter blood thinner on Jan. 12, causing the girl to bleed profusely. The police say Chilton was hoping that the child's divorcing parents would get back together if they had a sick child.
Utah: Police on Friday returned a minivan to Josh Powell, whose wife, Susan Powell, has been missing since Dec. 7. Josh Powell told police he last saw his wife as he left for a camping trip with their young sons.
Ohio: Authorities said 31 undernourished horses were rescued from a stable near Oak Harbor, and six others have died.