Archive | September, 2011

4×4 left atop British mountain

LONDON – Authorities say a four-wheel drive vehicle has been abandoned near the summit of one of Britain’s highest mountains for the second time this month. Mountain rescuers found the Vauxhall Frontera atop Mount Snowdon in north Wales on Thursday. They say it is the same vehicle that was left there Sept. 3. Snowdonia National [...]

Wheat, corn prices drop

NEW YORK – Corn and wheat prices are plummeting after a government report showed U.S. supplies are larger than anticipated. Corn dropped 6.3 percent Friday and wheat was down 6.9 percent. Most other commodities fell on lingering concerns about the slowing global economy. Gold was one of the few bright spots, ending slightly higher. The [...]

Kodak shares plunge as bankruptcy fears escalate

ROCHESTER, New York – Investors dumped Eastman Kodak’s stock amid fears that the photography pioneer is headed toward bankruptcy. The Wall Street Journal rattled Kodak’s already jittery shareholders with a report that the company has hired Jones Day, a law firm that dispenses advice on bankruptcies and other restructuring alternatives. Kodak didn’t immediately respond to [...]

Mexico navy nabs alleged cartel hit man

MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities detained an alleged Zetas drug cartel hit man suspected in the disappearance of three marines, the navy announced Friday. Angel Mora, nicknamed “Commander Devil,” was detained Thursday in a working-class neighborhood in the Gulf Coast port city of Veracruz, along with another gunman, the navy said in a statement. Mora, [...]

Obama won't back Mullen's claim on Pakistan

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is declining to endorse strong criticism of Pakistan leveled by the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, while saying Pakistan must do more to deal with insurgents. Obama was asked on a radio show Friday about Adm. Mike Mullen’s claim that the Haqqani network “acts as a veritable [...]

Bank of America website problems continue

NEW YORK – Bank of America’s homepage and online banking service were experiencing problems Friday, a day after the company said it would start charging a $5 monthly fee for customers who make debit card purchases. A message on the bank’s homepage said that page was temporarily unavailable, despite earlier assurances from the bank that [...]

Mob attacks Christian guesthouse in southern Egypt

LUXOR, Egypt – Officials say hundreds of people attacked a Christian guesthouse in southern Egypt after its caretakers erected a dome with a cross atop the building. The mob took down the dome with the cross and accused its caretakers of trying to convert the building into a church without permits. Edfu City Council leader [...]

Canada court lets injection facility remain open

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – North America’s only legal drug injection facility saves lives and should stay open, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled Friday. The court’s decision could facilitate the eventual opening of other facilities in different cities, but the court’s ruling applied only to the site in Vancouver. The facility called Insite was promoted by its [...]

Shania Twain testifies against accused stalker

TORONTO – Canadian country star Shania Twain testified Friday that she has compassion for a man accused of stalking her but remains concerned that he will continue to pursue her. Giovanni Palumbo has been charged with three counts of failure to comply with a court order and criminal harassment. He pleaded guilty Friday to the [...]

US envoy to speak to Pakistan about Haqqani threat

WASHINGTON – The U.S.is sending a senior diplomat to secure Pakistan’s support against the Haqqani insurgent network and to persuade Afghanistan to continue three-way talks with the U.S. and Pakistan on counterterrorism and economic development. Marc Grossman, U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, will leave Friday for meetings in Kabul and Islamabad. State Department [...]

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