Boy allegedly hits mom with saw, offers her $5

Authorities say an 11-year-old boy hit his mother in the head with a saw and then offered her $5 not to call police. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office reported that the boy and his 41-year-old mother got into an argument Wednesday when she was trying to get him to take his medication.

Mayor to town folk: You’re too stupid to work with

You can’t call Bill Beck the mayor of “stupid” town anymore. The former St. Anthony mayor resigned from his post at a city council meeting Wednesday night, but not before telling off the townspeople and his fellow city council members.

Three big city mayors seek cut of bailout

Adding to the chorus of pleas for financial help, three big-city mayors asked the federal government Friday to use a portion of the $700 billion financial bailout to assist struggling cities.

Joe Jonas on phone-call breakup: He’s no cad

Joe Jonas is tired of hearing about how he’s a bad boyfriend — and now he’s trying to defend himself. The 19-year-old — part of dreamy teen band the Jonas Brothers with his two siblings — has gotten an avalanche of negative publicity after former girlfriend and fellow multiplatinum singer Taylor Swift dished about their recent breakup, which she says came in a 27-second phone call. She also was quoted as saying that he dumped her after meeting actress Camilla Belle.

Indictment drafted against Blackwater guards

Federal prosecutors have drafted an indictment against six Blackwater Worldwide security guards in last year’s deadly Baghdad shootings of 17 Iraqi civilians, The Associated Press has learned. The draft is being reviewed by senior Justice Department officials but no charging decisions have been made. A decision is not expected until at least later this month, people close to the case said.

Obama-McCain: New meeting set to bury campaign ax

President-elect Barack Obama will meet Monday with John McCain in talks that Obama’s transition office said would focus on ways they can cooperate on an array of troublesome issues facing the country.

Pact unveiled that would remove Klamath River dams

The Bush administration has announced a nonbinding agreement for removing four dams along the Klamath River, a key to resolving the basin’s long-standing trouble balancing the water needs of farms and fish.

Asian Development Bank to help restore Silk Route

Kazakhstan will receive a $700 million loan from the Asian Development Bank to help complete an ambitious highway project that traces the ancient Silk Road trading route, the bank said Thursday.