American woman wins Nobel Prize

in economics

WASHINGTON - Elinor Ostrom became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics, honored along with fellow American Oliver Williamson on Monday for analyzing economic governance - the rules by which people exercise authority in companies and economic systems.

Ostrom was also the fifth woman to win a Nobel award this year - a record for the prestigious honors.

Contacts vanish from Sidekicks

NEW YORK - Owners of Sidekick phones may have lost all the personal information they put on the device, including contact numbers, because of a failure of servers that remotely stored the data.

The incident is a huge blow to the reputation of the Sidekick and is a reminder of the dangers of trusting a single provider to safeguard information.

The phones are made by a Microsoft Corp. subsidiary and sold by T-Mobile USA, which say many Sidekick owners' information is 'almost certainly' gone. T-Mobile is offering customers $20 to refund the cost of one month of data usage on the phone.

Microsoft spokeswoman Debbie Anderson said Monday that there was a still a chance some of the lost user data could be restored from a backup system. Engineers were working at it in the Microsoft data center where the failure occurred, she said.

Inmates cry rape on Okla. gov's mansion workers

OKLAHOMA CITY - Prosecutors are investigating claims that the former chef and chief groundskeeper at the Oklahoma governor's mansion raped female prison inmates assigned to maintain the mansion grounds.

Neither man has been charged but both have been fired from their jobs.

State Department of Corrections officials say at least three women who were inmates at the Hillside Community Corrections Center in Oklahoma City contend they were sexually assaulted while working at the mansion between March 2008 and January 2009.

Janet Roloff, an attorney for one of the women, said Monday her client was held down by one man while the other raped her.

FBI delves into DMV photos

RALEIGH, N.C. - In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver's license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes.

The project in North Carolina has already helped nab at least one suspect. Agents are eager to look for more criminals and possibly to expand the effort nationwide. But privacy advocates worry that the method allows authorities to track people who have done nothing wrong.

Yale holds memorial for Le

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale University President Richard Levin spoke at a memorial service for Annie Le, the 24-year-old graduate student found strangled over a month ago behind a wall in a school laboratory.

Classmates, professors and others gathered at Yale's historic Battel Chapel for the Monday evening service, which was open only to members of the Yale community and Le's family and friends.

'Milk Day' to honor gay rights activist

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk will get a special day of recognition in California, making him only the second person in state history to gain such a designation.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signing of the bill establishing 'Harvey Milk Day' each May 22, Milk's birthday, was announced Monday.

The Republican governor vetoed similar legislation a year ago. In the interim, Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in August.

Stimulus aided teachers, laborers

WASHINGTON - Public school teachers are expected to be the big winners when states around the U.S. reveal for the first time how many jobs were created or saved during the first months of President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan.

State officials worked into the weekend as part of the most ambitious effort ever to calculate, in real time, the effect of a government spending program. From 11 jobs repaving a road in Caldwell, Texas, to one job helping run Utah food banks, to two forensic scientist positions in North Dakota, states were required to say exactly what became of billions in government aid.