President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail together Sunday for the first time since the 2008 presidential race during a trip to Ohio. The Obamas will crisscross Ohio to campaign for Gov. Ted Strickland and raise money for the Democratic National Committee. They'll cap their day in Columbus at a large, nighttime rally on the campus of Ohio State University aimed at firing up the young Democrats and first-time voters who helped Obama carry Ohio on his way to the presidency in 2008.
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of Hilton Chicago Hotel workers started a three-day strike Saturday that union officials say is in protest of the hotel chain's efforts to "lock workers into cheap recession contracts." Unite Here Local 1 spokeswoman Annemarie Strassel told The Associated Press workers began striking in Chicago early Saturday and won't return to their jobs until early Tuesday. The union represents about 600 workers at the Hilton Chicago downtown.
NEW YORK (AP) — Negotiators for Cablevision and Fox parent News Corp. planned to meet again Sunday to resolve a dispute over rates that could force subscribers to make alternate arrangements to watch the New York Giants take on the Detroit Lions. Cablevision, the service provider for 3 million customers in the New York area, met with Fox representatives throughout the afternoon Saturday but adjourned without reaching a deal. The negotiations ended before the start of the National League Championship Series playoff game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants, said Cablevision spokesman Jim Maiella.
BALTIMORE (AP) — An off-duty Baltimore police detective who was out celebrating his birthday was killed Saturday night in a dispute over a parking space, authorities said. Detective Brian Stevenson, an 18-year veteran with the department, would have turned 38 on Sunday, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL'-mee) said. Stevenson was out celebrating with a friend after 10 p.m. in the southeastern part of the city when it happened.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran on Saturday set free an American businessman jailed in Tehran for more than two years on suspicion on ties to an allegedly violent opposition group. Reza Taghavi, 71, hadn't been charged with a crime and denied knowingly supporting the organization, known as Tondar.
YUZHOU, China (AP) — Frantically working rescuers feared the 11 Chinese miners trapped by a deadly gas blast may have suffocated or been buried by coal dust, as loved ones kept a vigil Sunday and the death toll rose to 26 with five more bodies recovered. The Chinese mine drama unfolded as the world still was celebrating Chile's successful rescue of 33 miners trapped for more than two months. Chinese media had detailed coverage as the Chilean men emerged to cheers.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Somali pirates have hijacked a South Korean-operated fishing boat with 43 sailors, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Sunday. Two South Korean, two Chinese and 39 Kenyans were aboard the 241-ton Kenya-registered trawler when it was attacked Oct. 9 in the waters off Kenya's Lamu Island, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The affection people had for "Leave it to Beaver" many years after the series ended was a source of both surprise and satisfaction for Barbara Billingsley, who endeared herself to TV viewers with her gentle portrayal of the mother of Beaver and Wally. "We knew we were making a good show, because it was so well written," Billingsley once said. "But we had no idea what was ahead. People still talk about it and write letters, telling how much they watch it today with their children and grandchildren."
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — All those derisive whistles sounded like cheers to Tim Lincecum. The Freak outdueled Roy Halladay, Cody Ross hit a pair of solo homers and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Saturday night in the NL championship series opener.
Texas gave Nebraska a send-off all right — knocking the wind from the Cornhuskers' national championship hopes. Ohio State was one and done as No. 1, while Auburn's title aspirations are still on the rise. In Madison, Wis., John Clay ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns and James White darted in for the clinching score as No. 18 Wisconsin beat the Buckeyes 31-18 on Saturday night.