Amateurs are trying genetic engineering at home (AP)

AP – The Apple computer was invented in a garage. Same with the Google search engine. Now, tinkerers are working at home with the basic building blocks of life itself.

Homeland Security forecasts 5-year terror threats (AP)

A Global Imperative' to an audience of students at the London School of Economics (LSE) in London, Friday Dec. 12, 2008.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)AP – The terrorism threat to the United States over the next five years will be driven by instability in the Middle East and Africa, persistent challenges to border security and increasing Internet savvy, says a new intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press.

Eartha Kitt, sultry ‘Santa Baby’ singer, dies (AP)

This March 6, 2008 file photo shows actress Eartha Kitt at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York. A family friend says Kitt has died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 of colon cancer. She was 81. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)AP – Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.

Mason’s 3-pointer gives Spurs 91-90 win over Suns

Roger Mason sank a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to give the San Antonio Spurs a 91-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.