Illinois Sen. Roland Burris admitted to speaking with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich before Blagojevich nominated Burris for Barack Obama's empty seat. This contradicts previous statements made by Burris about not having had contact with Blagojevich.
The book-and-release policy for low-level offenders started in 2005 to save money, but often puts suspects back on the street with no charges, according to county officials who are suggesting a new system of probable-cause bonds.
The salmonella outbreak has wreaked predictions for a successful year for the U.S. peanut industry. "Public perception is killing us," said the executive director of the Texas peanut producers board.