A new rally Friday by nearly 100,000 protesters in Cairo and behind-the-scenes diplomacy from the Obama administration piled more pressure on President Hosni Mubarak to make a swift exit and allow a temporary government to embark on an immediate path toward democracy. Two days of wild clashes between protesters and regime supporters that killed 11 people this week seemed to have pushed the United States to the conclusion that an Egypt with Mubarak at the helm is potentially more unstable than one without him.
NEW YORK (AP) — The computer network that runs the Nasdaq Stock Market has been penetrated by hackers multiple times during the past year, according to a newspaper report. The Wall Street Journal reported on its website late Friday that federal investigators are trying to identify the perpetrators and their motive.
HOUSTON (AP) — The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said his wife would be "very comfortable" with his decision to go back into space and he expects her to be at his launch in April. Space shuttle commander Mark Kelly wouldn't go into details about her condition during a news conference Friday, and deflected questions about how he knows she supports his choice to fly.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Sarah Palin said Friday that America is dangerously out of step with the values of former President Ronald Reagan, and warned that misguided policies in Washington had put the nation on a "road to ruin." The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee delivered a stinging critique of Washington during a speech honoring Reagan's legacy, part of the national celebration marking the centennial of his birth on Feb. 6.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The scenes that led to the Bellagio bandit's downfall look less like "Ocean's Eleven" and more like "America's Dumbest Criminals." Bragging about a big gambling score with high school buddies over rounds of shots in Colorado. E-mailing pictures to a total stranger — dated and signed "Biker Bandit" with two $25,000 Bellagio chips. Losing $105,000 gambling at the scene of the crime in Las Vegas, but cashing out nearly $209,000 and apparently hoping the casino wouldn't notice.
CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — The tail end of one of Australia's largest-ever cyclones triggered wild storms and flash flooding at the other end of the country Saturday, while residents in the cyclone zone picked through what was left of their homes. The tropical low that was Cyclone Yasi, which tore through the northeast earlier this week, was active over central Australia and making a series of thunderstorms over the southern city of Melbourne and other large towns in Victoria state much worse, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, an opponent of the recently enacted health care overhaul, says Justice Elena Kagan should not take part in the widely expected Supreme Court consideration of the new law. Hatch's call is part of the broad legal and political maneuvering on both sides for the most favorable conditions surrounding court review of President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy accomplishment.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials are warning U.S. citizens not to drive at night in parts of the western Mexican city of Guadalajara after suspected drug-gang members burned vehicles and blocked streets. A separate U.S. alert Friday said the northern city of Monterrey has seen a significant increase in armed robberies at restaurants and convenience stores. Some of the blockades in Guadalajara took place on a highway leading to the city's airport and to Lake Chapala, a popular retirement and vacation spot for U.S. and Canadian citizens.
DALLAS (AP) — Bundle up, football fans. Two of the next three Super Bowls are likely to be super cold, just like this one. Indianapolis is the host of next year's game, albeit in a domed stadium, and the game will be held outdoors in New Jersey in 2014. Everyone has known that wintry conditions could surround those Super Bowls, but this week in Dallas has pushed the issue to the fore.
DALLAS (AP) — Top draft choice, top rookie. St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford won The Associated Press 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award on Friday.