(CNN) - The Oak Ridge Boys, the gospel-turned-country crooners who had their heyday in the mid-1970s and early 1980s, gave the hospitalized former President George H.W. Bush "a real shot in the arm" on Friday.
"That is great," Bush can be heard saying in a recording provided by the group after their rendition of "Amazing Grace."
Washington (CNN) - The Senate's top Democrat and Republican are working this weekend to forge a compromise to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff, the combination of sweeping spending cuts and widespread tax increases that will otherwise take effect in days.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, on late Friday afternoon called the next 24 hours "very important" in the grueling effort to avert a crisis that has been two years in the making. House Speaker John Boehner has called on the Senate to go first, and then his chamber - which reconvenes Sunday - will act.
(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush was moved Saturday out of the intensive care unit of the Houston hospital where he has been for more than a month.
"President Bush's condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery," his office said in a statement distributed by spokesman Jim McGrath.
(CNN) - Illinois state Sen. Donne Trotter, who was considered by some the frontrunner in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., dropped out Saturday, almost three weeks after prosecutors say he attempted to bring a gun through an airport security checkpoint.
"Today, I formally announce my intention to end my candidacy for that position," the Chicago Democrat told local elected officials, constituents and reporters Saturday in Chicago.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and staffers were on Capitol Hill on Saturday as negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff continued.
There were no major developments at midday, Senate aides from both parties said.
(CNN) - Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, will not contest the charge that he was driving under the influence early last Sunday at his January court appearance, his spokesman said.
Spokesman Lindsay Nothern acknowledged that the results of a blood alcohol test conducted at a detention center differed from those at the time of his roadside arrest, but he was not certain why the levels differed.
New York (CNNMoney) - Can the stock market shake off yet another punt by Congress? It just might.
For weeks, many have worried that no resolution to the fiscal cliff would lead to the kind of brutal sell-off that followed the voting down of the TARP bailout and the downgrade of America's credit rating.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri ratcheted up the pressure on the other over the fiscal cliff negotiations in their weekly addresses on Saturday.
They sounded optimistic tones about a deal, spoke of the dire consequences of failure, but offered no suggestion the talks had progressed since Friday, when the rhetoric was the same.