Man charged with murder in museum attack

WASHINGTON - An 88-year-old white supremacist has been charged with murder for killing the security guard who had opened the door to let him into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum, officials said Thursday.

Security Guard Stephen T. Johns was shot to death Wednesday by Holocaust denier James von Brunn, who had left his car in a lane of traffic outside an entrance to the museum before walking in with a concealed rifle, District Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a news conference.

Von Brunn, who once tried to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve, started shooting immediately, exchanging fire with guards who shot and critically injured him, stopping him from entering the museum and hurting anyone else, Lanier said.

Wright: 'Them Jews' keeping me from Obama

HAMPTON, Va. - President Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is blaming 'them Jews' for keeping him from speaking to the president.

Wright, the former pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, said he hasn't spoken to Obama since he became president.

'Them Jews ain't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office,' Wright said.

Oil prices near $73 as energy rally continues

NEW YORK - Oil prices hit an eight-month high as the dollar fell and a series of reports suggested that consumers and business may be more willing and able to spend money on energy.

Benchmark crude for July delivery rose $1.35 to settle at $72.68 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices hit $73.23 at one point.

Four fall several hundred feet in mountain park

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. - Two climbers have been rescued after falling 300 to 400 feet down a slope in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said three family members and a climbing guide were tied together Tuesday while descending a steep snow-covered slope. When one member of the group lost his footing, Patterson said, all four fell to the bottom of a gorge.

All the climbers were injured. Rescuers had to carry out two of them.

Surveys: 2M not ready for digital television switch

NEW YORK - More than 2 million households are in danger of seeing their major broadcast TV channels disappear into a fuzz of static when analog service ends today, according to surveys.

That is nearly half the number that were unready in February, when most analog TV broadcasts were originally scheduled to be turned off. The shutdown was delayed for four months at the behest of the Obama administration.

ACLU suit seeks to link Bush with interrogations

NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the CIA and other government agencies to get documents it says may show links between the Bush administration and a program of harsh interrogation techniques.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in New York City. CIA Director Leon Panetta has said releasing documents about terrorism interrogations would gravely damage national security.

NASA gives nod to space shuttle's Saturday launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA managers have given a unanimous 'go' to Saturday's launch of space shuttle Endeavour.

On Thursday, mission managers cleared Endeavour for its flight to the international space station. The weather outlook is about as good as it gets - 90 percent - and forecasters say that's because of the early morning launch time.

Endeavour and its crew of seven will deliver the final piece of Japan's $1 billion space station lab, an outdoor shelf for experiments. The astronauts also will attach some big spare parts outside the orbiting outpost.