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Former Colo. nuke plant contractors ordered to pay $925M

DENVER - Two companies that worked as contractors with the now-defunct Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant have been ordered to pay $925 million to residents who claimed that contamination blown from the facility endangered people's health and devalued their property.

June 18, 2008 | The Associated Press | National

Prince William takes helm at start of Navy stint

LONDON - Prince William earned high marks from commanding officers for his boat-handling skills Tuesday after he took the helm of a 40-foot craft at the beginning of his two-month stint in the Royal Navy.

June 18, 2008 | By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

US to require online registration for visa-free travel

WASHINGTON - The United States said Tuesday that it will require visitors who are allowed to enter the country without visas to register biographical details online at least three days before they travel.

June 18, 2008 | By DESMOND BUTLER Associated Press Writer | Washington

Group petitions FDA to ban some food colorings

WASHINGTON - A consumer advocacy group called on the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday to ban the use of eight artificial colorings in food because the additives may cause hyperactivity and behavior problems in some children.

June 18, 2008 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer | Washington

Bernanke signals more rate cuts unlikely

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signaled Tuesday that further interest rate cuts are unlikely because of concerns about inflation. High oil prices are a double-edged sword that can both put a damper on already weak growth and spread inflation, he said.

June 18, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington

Ask Dr. Gott 6/4

DEAR DR. GOTT: I'm a big fan of the home remedies you print and would like to contribute one that you might not be aware of.

June 18, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break

Dear Abby 6/4

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 20-year-old single mom of a 17-month-old son. I love my baby dearly, but lately I feel I'm missing out on life. I feel like I need to go out on my own and find myself.

June 18, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break

AP tally: Obama seals Democratic nomination

WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois sealed the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, a historic step toward his once-improbable goal of becoming the nation's first black president. A defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton maneuvered for the vice presidential spot on his fall ticket.

June 18, 2008 | By DAVID ESPO and NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008

Texas sect children reunited with happy parents

SAN ANGELO, Texas - Parents awaiting the release of children taken into state custody during a raid of a polygamist group's ranch may need to wait a few days because so many parents are showing up at foster homes simultaneously, a sect leader said Tuesday.

June 18, 2008 | By MICHELLE ROBERTS Associated Press Writer | National

Iraqi lawmaker: US-Iraq security talks stall

BAGHDAD - Lawmakers allied to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Tuesday that negotiations over a U.S.-Iraqi security pact and the future status of American troops in Iraq were stumbling, with ''almost all points under dispute.''

June 18, 2008 | By LAUREN FRAYER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press

VA denies money a factor in PTSD diagnoses

WASHINGTON - A Veterans Affairs psychologist denies that she was trying to save money when she suggested that counselors make fewer diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder in injured soldiers.

June 18, 2008 | By HOPE YEN Associated Press Writer | Washington

Police Report - June 4

(Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.)

June 18, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report

Tornado victims get unexpected help with cleanup

Crews from contractors Ellis Wood and W.L. Davis, along with a few from Beasley Hauling, volunteerd their time and equipment over the weekend to help Bulloch County residents who suffered damage from the tornado that touched down last month clean up debris.

June 18, 2008 | By ROGER ALLEN Herald Correspondent | Local

Layoffs at nuke lab stir fears of a brain drain

SAN FRANCISCO - The nation's top nuclear weapons design lab has laid off hundreds of workers, raising concerns about a brain drain and stirring fears that some of these highly specialized scientists will sell their expertise to foreign governments, perhaps hostile ones.

June 18, 2008 | By SCOTT LINDLAW Associated Press Writer | National

Discovery astronauts begin first spacewalk

HOUSTON - Spacewalking astronauts floated outside the international space station Tuesday to help install the orbiting outpost's newest room, a bus-sized Japanese laboratory.

June 18, 2008 | By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press Writer | National

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