White House: Cheney No. 2 in GOP 'cabal'

WASHINGTON - The White House said Monday former Vice President Dick Cheney is the second most popular member of the 'Republican cabal,' behind only talk-show host Rush Limbaugh.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs brushed off Cheney's criticism of President Barack Obama's new administration. Cheney said Sunday that Obama's decisions are threatening the nation's safety.

Obama reversed many of his predecessor's executive orders, including how the country treats suspected terrorists.

Gibbs said Obama is keeping the nation safe and dealing with problems George W. Bush's administration did not.

Vermont begins hearing on bill for gay marriage

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Nine years after it played host to a bitter fight over civil unions, Vermont's Statehouse is again a gay rights battleground.

More than 200 same-sex marriage opponents, cheering and wearing buttons that read 'Marriage - A Mother & Father for Every Child,' converged Monday on Montpelier as lawmakers began a week's worth of hearings on a bill that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

If approved, Vermont would join Massachusetts and Connecticut as the only U.S. states that allow gay marriage.

Unions team up for casino pacts in four states

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Four of the nation's largest labor unions will team up to kick-start stalled contract talks with casinos in four states, starting with New Jersey, officials announced Monday.

The United Auto Workers, the AFL-CIO, the Transport Workers Union and the Service Employees International Union are forming a Gaming Workers' Council, designed to put the combined muscle of 15 million union members behind casino unionization drives across the country.

Woman shot by arrow on NYC street recovering

NEW YORK - A woman who was hit in the stomach with an arrow on a city street said Monday she at first thought she was hit by a baseball.

The 30-inch arrow struck Denise Delgado-Brown on Sunday afternoon as she was dropping off fellow parishioners at a nursing home after church.

'I thought that maybe somebody had hit me with a baseball,' the Yonkers traffic court officer told WINS radio. 'It just happened so quickly. I just couldn't believe it.'

A St. Barnabas Hospital spokesman said Delgado-Brown was in stable condition and would be moved from the intensive care unit Monday.

Police said the arrow was one used for target practice. They believed it was shot at random, possibly from a rooftop or park in the area.

Hearst hopes for profit on Web

SEATTLE - When the Seattle Post-Intelligencer transforms into an Internet-only operation Wednesday, it will try to do something it failed to accomplish for years as a traditional newspaper: make money.

With a much smaller staff, SeattlePI.com is trying to become Seattle's main news portal with news and information not only from its own staff but also from plenty of outside sources, such as its readers, blogs and rival news organizations.

New York-based Hearst Corp. has been losing money on the P-I since 2000, including $14 million last year, and is hoping to shed enough expenses with a Web-only product to reverse that. The company said it will publish the last print edition today and let many of its 181 employees go this week.

Mom: Husband laughed tossing kids off bridge

MOBILE, Ala. - The mother of four young children tossed to their deaths from an Alabama coastal bridge testified Monday that her common-law husband laughed when he told her that the children - then reported missing - would never be found.

'He kept laughing,' Kieu Phan, 23, told jurors at Lam Luong's capital murder trial.

Phan burst into tears when color photographs of the children were flashed on a screen for jurors. Prosecutors said they will seek a death sentence if Luong is convicted.

The 38-year-old defendant sat motionless as the woman identified each of the victims by name: their children together, Hannah Luong, 2, Lindsey Luong, 1, and Danny Luong, 4 months - and her son with another man, Ryan Phan, 3.

Luong is accused of throwing the children from the bridge on Jan. 7, 2008 after an argument with his wife.