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Year after SF Bay spill, ship crew still detained

SAN FRANCISCO - For nearly a year, six Chinese crew members on a ship that crashed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge - creating the bay's worst oil spill in nearly 20 years - have been detained by federal authorities.

November 19, 2008 | By PAUL ELIAS Associated Press Writer | National


Oil prices surges above $70 in volatile week

HOUSTON - Oil prices surged above $70 a barrel Tuesday in the final hours of a two-year U.S. presidential campaign, mirroring global stock markets that strengthened from Asia to Europe. A weaker dollar helped too.

November 19, 2008 | By JOHN PORRETTO Associated Press Writer | National


3 young upstate NY boys killed in house fire

HARTLAND, N.Y. - A house fire killed three young brothers during the night and critically injured their grandmother, who was overcome with smoke when she apparently tried to rescue them, authorities said Tuesday.

November 19, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Construction industry: NYC regulations overzealous

NEW YORK - It takes a lot of paper to raise a crane in New York City these days.

November 19, 2008 | By AMY WESTFELDT Associated Press Writer | National


Controversial ex-Chicago alderman pleads guilty

CHICAGO - A former Chicago politician who led white aldermen in a spectacular feud with the city's first black mayor 25 years ago pleaded guilty Monday for his role in a real estate kickback scheme just as his trial was about to begin.

November 18, 2008 | By MIKE ROBINSON Associated Press Writer | National


2 children abandoned under Neb. safe-haven law

OMAHA, Neb. - Two more teenagers have been abandoned at Nebraska hospitals under the state's much-criticized safe haven law, bringing the number of mostly older children dropped off to 26 since July, authorities said.

November 18, 2008 | By MARGERY A. GIBBS Associated Press Writer | National


Stocks mostly advance ahead of election

NEW YORK - Wall Street barely budged in extremely quiet trading Monday as investors largely overlooked a weak reading on the manufacturing sector ahead of the U.S. presidential election.

November 18, 2008 | By TIM PARADIS Associated Press Writer | National


US jury convicts Venezuelan in cash suitcase case

MIAMI - A federal jury convicted a wealthy Venezuelan Monday of acting as an illegal foreign agent who came to the U.S. to cover up a Latin American political scandal involving a cash-stuffed suitcase smuggled into Argentina.

November 18, 2008 | By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press Writer | National


Ford, Toyota post big drops in October US sales

DETROIT - Ford's U.S. auto sales plummeted 30 percent and Toyota's dropped 23 percent in October as low consumer confidence and tight credit combined to scare customers away from their showrooms.

November 18, 2008 | By TOM KRISHER and BREE FOWLER Associated Press Writers | National


Suspicion falls on dairy farmer in Ill. murders

CARLYLE, Ill. - George Weedon hid a tractor behind a false wall on his property, allegedly for a bankrupt dairy farmer who authorities say was trying to conceal assets from his creditors. But Weedon did not keep the secret for long.

November 14, 2008 | By JIM SUHR Associated Press Writer | National


Minneapolis newspaper gets suspicious package

SAN FRANCISCO - The Star Tribune of Minneapolis on Thursday became the latest news organization to receive a package labeled ''anthrax,'' a day after the FBI arrested a man on suspicion of sending anthrax hoax letters to the media.

November 14, 2008 | By SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press Writer | National


Bill collectors get tough, and complaints surge

NEW YORK - After several years in which Americans were buying stuff on credit they couldn't afford, a rapidly increasing number are complaining about getting harassed and abused by bill collectors.

November 14, 2008 | By DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press Writer | National


Diabetes rate doubles over 10 years, US says

ATLANTA - The rate of new diabetes cases nearly doubled in the United States in the last 10 years, with the highest levels in the South, the government said Thursday in its first state-by-state review of new diagnoses.

November 14, 2008 | By MIKE STOBBE Associated Press Writer | National


Teenager left at Neb. hospital is 24th abandoned

LINCOLN, Neb. - A 17-year-old boy left at an Omaha hospital is the 24th child to be abandoned under the state's much-criticized safe-haven law, which lawmakers hope to change next month.

November 14, 2008 | By ANNA JO BRATTON Associated Press Writer | National


Police: Husband strangled missing NY teacher

MINEOLA, N.Y. - A man confessed to strangling his wife during a fight over his alleged cheating, dumping her body near a highway and then making it appear as if she had been a victim of random roadside violence, police said Thursday.

November 14, 2008 | By FRANK ELTMAN Associated Press Writer | National


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