President Bush said Thursday that the country is not headed into a recession and that people should wait until the economic stimulus package passed last month has a chance to work before the government considers any additional stimulus efforts. "We've acted robustly," he said.

The Humane Society sued the US Department of Agriculture Wednesday, alleging that a loophole in USDA regulations allows "downer" cows – sick or crippled animals unable to stand – to be slaughtered.

To keep trains running on time Amtrak must replace many defective concrete ties in the busy Northeast Corridor, a spokesman said Wednesday. Small cracks were discovered last fall, leading to slow-down orders on some track sections. The maker of the ties must replace them, but Amtrak will shoulder the labor costs.

"The trend is in the right direction," but challenges remain in improving care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, a Government Accountability Office official told Congress Wednesday. Last year reports surfaced about poor treatment of wounded soldiers at the center.

William F. Buckley Jr., (above), who was widely recognized as the father of modern conservatism, died Wednesday in Stamford, Conn. He founded the National Review and was the host of TV's "Firing Line" for 33 years.

Rep. John Lewis (D) of Georgia, a prominent civil rights figure in the 1960s, Wednesday became perhaps the most prominent black leader to shift his support to Barack Obama after supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid. He said he wants "to be on the side of the people."

The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices advocated Wednesday that nearly 30 million more children get vaccinated against the flu each year. The panel wants children up to age 18, not just those under 5, to be vaccinated.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, once viewed as a possible independent presidential candidate, declared Thursday he will not run but will work "to steer the national conversation away from partisanship."

Vivian Stringer, who has led teams at Rutgers, Iowa, and Cheyney State, became only the third women's college basketball coach to win 800 games when Rutgers beat DePaul 60-46 Wednesday. She joins Tennessee's Pat Summitt and retired Texas mentor Jody Conradt in the 800 club. Below, Rutgers player Matee Ajavon embraced Stringer after the game in Piscataway, N.J.

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