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Gasoline prices continue to plunge

HOUSTON - Retail gasoline prices dipped for a 17th week since July 4, falling below $2 a gallon in a number of states and approaching $1.50 at some service stations. The price of crude fell again too, hitting a 20-month low.

November 26, 2008 | By JOHN PORRETTO Associated Press Writer | National


Man questioned in Hudson case to stay in prison

JOLIET, Ill. - A parole review official on Monday refused to release the convicted felon questioned in the killings of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, after a witness reported seeing him with a gun similar to the one used in the slayings.

November 25, 2008 | By DON BABWIN Associated Press Writer | National


Jewish group wants Mormons to stop proxy baptisms

NEW YORK - Holocaust survivors said Monday they are through trying to negotiate with the Mormon church over posthumous baptisms of Jews killed in Nazi concentration camps, saying the church has repeatedly violated a 13-year-old agreement barring the practice.

November 25, 2008 | By DEEPTI HAJELA and JENNIFER DOBNER Associated Press Writers | National


Cardinal: Abortion undermines common good

BALTIMORE - The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, opening a national church meeting Monday, said that continued support for abortion rights will undermine any advances in social justice that come from a new president and Congress.

November 25, 2008 | By RACHEL ZOLL Associated Press Writer | National


Wall Street falls, unable to shake economic woes

NEW YORK - Wall Street erased an early rally Monday as enthusiasm fizzled about a $586 billion Chinese stimulus package and gave way to anxiety about how U.S. companies will survive a severe pullback in spending.

November 25, 2008 | By MADLEN READ Associated Press Writer | National


Deutsche Post to cut 9,500 jobs in US

ATLANTA - In a move that could greatly scale back a possible venture between UPS and Deutsche Post's DHL, the German company said Monday it will significantly reduce its air and ground operations in the U.S. and cut 9,500 jobs within the country.

November 25, 2008 | By HARRY R. WEBER and SAMANTHA BOMKAMP Associated Press Writers | National


‘This is how America lives,’ and dies

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Jean Snyder lived, as they say, a good, long life.

November 25, 2008 | By MARTHA IRVINE AP National Writer | National


Circuit City files for bankruptcy protection

RICHMOND, Va. - Circuit City Stores Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday heading into the busy holiday season as analysts question whether the nation's second-biggest electronics retailer will be able to survive.

November 25, 2008 | By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM and VINNEE TONG Associated Press Writer | National


Work starts on new Pearl Harbor visitor’s center

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Aging, frail survivors of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor gingerly sifted dirt as they helped to break ground on a new visitor's center for the USS Arizona Memorial.

November 21, 2008 | By AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press Writer | National


Stocks extend decline as economic woes mount

NEW YORK - Wall Street plunged for a second day, triggered by computer gear maker Cisco Systems warning of slumping demand and retailers reporting weak sales for October. Concerns about widespread economic weakness sent the major stock indexes down more than 4 percent Thursday, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which tumbled more than 430 points.

November 21, 2008 | By TIM PARADIS Associated Press Writer | National


Schwarzenegger: $4.4B in tax hikes to cut deficit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday proposed $4.4 billion in new taxes and a similar amount in spending cuts to deal with California's worsening fiscal crisis, saying, ''We must stop the bleeding.''

November 21, 2008 | By JUDY LIN Associated Press Writer | National


Bad news on Wall Street

WASHINGTON- A fresh wave of bad economic news, including a half-million Americans newly out of work and the weakest October retail sales in nearly 40 years, pummeled the stock market Thursday, driving the Dow Jones industrials under 9,000 again with a stunning two-day decline of 10 percent.

November 21, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA Associated Press Writer | National


No charges for ex-NY governor in prostitution case

NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors said Thursday that they will not bring criminal charges against Eliot Spitzer for his role in a prostitution scandal, removing a legal cloud that has surrounded the former governor since his epic downfall eight months ago.

November 21, 2008 | By TOM HAYS Associated Press Writer | National


Kosher Iowa meatpacker seeks bankruptcy protection

DES MOINES, Iowa - Kosher slaughterhouse Agriprocessors has filed for bankruptcy court protection, blaming its financial difficulties on the May immigration raid on its Iowa plant in which more than 300 people were arrested.

November 20, 2008 | By NIGEL DUARA Associated Press Writer | National


Stocks surge as investors anticipate yearend rally

NEW YORK - Investors believing that Wall Street is on the verge of a yearend rally piled into the market Tuesday, brushing off more weak economic data while they scarfed up stocks and propelled the Dow Jones industrials up 300 points to its highest close in four weeks.

November 19, 2008 | By SARA LEPRO and TIM PARADIS Associated Press Writer | National


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