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