Apple Inc. co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs sent a note Monday to employees saying he's taking a second medical leave of absence in two years so he can focus on his health. No further information about his current condition was provided. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling would not directly answer questions about Jobs' health or whereabouts, referring only to the text of the brief note.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister announced a national unity government on Monday, allowing opposition into the country's leadership for the first time in a bid to quell simmering unrest following the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali amid huge street protests. Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, a longtime ally of Ben Ali, and several top ministers retained their posts in the shake-up. Ghannouchi also announced that political prisoners would be freed, among an array of measures aimed at loosening up a political system that for decades was effectively under one-party rule.
ATLANTA (AP) — The shootings in Arizona loomed large as the nation marked the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, with many speakers drawing on his message of nonviolence as a key lesson in the wake of the tragedy. National and local politicians joined members of the King family on Monday at his former church in Atlanta to mark what would have been the civil rights icon's 82nd birthday. It was also the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday established to honor King, who won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, a once feared and reviled dictator who was ousted in a popular uprising nearly 25 years ago, has made a stunning return to Haiti, raising concerns he could complicate efforts to solve a political crisis, a cholera outbreak and the stalled reconstruction from last year's devastating earthquake. Duvalier's arrival at the airport Sunday was as mysterious as it was unexpected. He greeted a crowd of several hundred cheering supporters but did not say why he chose this tumultuous period to suddenly reappear from his exile in France — or what he intended to do while back in Haiti.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Former Peace Corps director and vice-presidential nominee R. Sargent Shriver was in critical condition Monday morning at a hospital in Maryland, a spokeswoman for the family said. The 95-year-old was admitted at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda on Sunday, the family said in an e-mail statement attributed to spokeswoman Kirsten Seckler.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal criminal investigation targeting John Edwards is examining how much the two-time presidential candidate knew about money used to cover up his extramarital affair and out-of-wedlock child and whether he had other practices that pushed the bounds of campaign finance laws, people involved in the case have told The Associated Press. A federal grand jury meeting in Raleigh, N.C., is combing through records and testimony involving several political organizations and individuals connected to Edwards and trying to determine if the former North Carolina senator and 2004 vice presidential nominee broke any laws. A recently issued subpoena focuses on a web of these political groups allied with Edwards, according to subpoena details provided to AP that offer a glimpse into the investigation being conducted behind closed doors.
BEIJING (AP) — In late 2009, President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao announced an ambitious array of joint clean energy research projects touted as a mark of a maturing relationship and an alliance to fight climate change. A year after Obama's visit to China, the envisioned partnership has largely evaporated. The U.S. has filed a complaint at the World Trade Organization against China's policies favoring its producers of wind and solar equipment. Cooperation in climate change talks has been rare.
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss bank UBS AG is revising its dress code after getting roundly mocked for suggesting employees wear skin-colored underwear and avoid garlic breath. The bank said Monday it is whittling down its 44-page style guide to a more modest booklet that will concentrate on how to impress customers with a polished presence and sense of Swiss precision and decorum.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — It seems only fitting that, at a Golden Globes ceremony where the host humorously insulted nearly every A-lister in the room, the big winner was a movie about a guy who riles up everyone on campus with his new and invasive website. And that's exactly what Ricky Gervais, and "The Social Network," did Sunday night.
Picture this: a pair of No. 6 seeds in the Super Bowl. The New York Jets and Green Bay Packers sure like that scenario, and it's impossible to ignore them after this weekend's divisional playoff games.
- President Barack Obama
- prime minister
- Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
- extramarital affair
- Steve Jobs