President Barack Obama said he expects disgruntled Democrats to make changes to the sweeping tax-cut deal he cut with Republican leaders, a pact he predicted will win congressional approval. Democrats have objected to the deal on grounds it is too generous to the rich, especially its provisions cutting estate taxes for the wealthiest Americans. House Democrats voted in a closed-door meeting Thursday not to allow the package to reach the floor for a vote without changes.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal jury found a rambling street preacher guilty Friday of the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart in a case that has tugged at hearts around the nation ever since the Utah teenager was snatched from her bedroom and resurfaced nine months later. Brian David Mitchell could face up to life in prison when he is sentenced on May 25.
OSLO, Norway (AP) — With his Nobel Peace Prize diploma and medal placed in his empty chair, imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was given a standing ovation at the award ceremony Friday as dignitaries demanded his release. It was the first time in 74 years the prestigious $1.4 million award was not handed over, because Liu is serving an 11-year sentence in China on subversion charges for urging sweeping changes to Beijing's one-party communist political system.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV said it will air new footage Friday in which an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery re-enacts the alleged murder of her husband, the latest state-orchestrated broadcast in a case that has raised an international outcry. The planned broadcast on English-language Press TV is an apparent attempt to deflect international criticism over the adultery sentence by bolstering Iran's claim that Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani also was involved in murder. But there has been considerable murkiness over the charge.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Peyton Manning wants people to quit worrying about him. He's just fine, thank you very much. Manning threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and the Indianapolis Colts snapped their three-game skid by beating the Tennessee Titans 30-28 on Thursday night to stay just a half-game back in the AFC South.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A hot, frenzied night in Miami changed life for Jim Morrison and The Doors. That's something the late singer's pardon on indecent exposure and profanity charges can't correct. "It made him realize he was no longer in the graces of the gods, that things could go wrong," said Ray Manzarek, the band's keyboard player. "Jim had a great line — in that year we had a great visitation of energy. We had the mandate of heaven. And I think at that moment, he lost the mandate of heaven."
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal education officials have found Virginia Tech broke the law when it waited two hours to warn the campus that a gunman was on the loose, too late to save 30 students and faculty who went to class and were killed in the 2007 rampage. The U.S. Department of Education issued a report Thursday rejecting the university's defense of its conduct and confirming that the school violated the Clery Act, which requires that students and employees be notified of on-campus threats.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president has declared that the reunification of Korea is drawing near — a surprising statement at a time of soaring tensions on the divided peninsula. While a single Korea is the stated goal of both the communist North and the democratic South, it has seemed a faraway dream this year, which saw an alleged North Korean attack on a South Korean warship, an announcement by Pyongyang that it is expanding its nuclear programs and, most recently, the shelling of a South Korean island two weeks ago.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The only U.S. flag not captured or lost during George Armstrong Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn in southeastern Montana sold at auction Friday on a bid of $1.9 million. The 7th U.S. Cavalry flag — known as a "guidon" for its swallow-tailed shape — was sold by Sotheby's of New York on behalf of the Detroit Institute of Arts, which bought the flag for just $54 in 1895.
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — A Catholic nun who ran a suburban New York City college's finances embezzled more than $850,000 and spent it on herself, federal prosecutors said Friday. The U.S. attorney in Manhattan said Sister Marie Thornton used Iona College funds for her personal expenses from 1999 to 2009. As vice president of finance, she submitted false invoices and had Iona pay her credit card bills, the complaint said. It did not detail her expenses. Thornton, 62, was arrested Thursday and pleaded not guilty in federal court in Manhattan. She was allowed to remain free. Her attorney, Sanford Talkin, said Friday, "I expect us to reach a resolution that all sides will think is fair."