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4 years 6 months ago

Yikes! Python stows away in woman's car

One Florida woman is completely creeped-out by what slithered into her car--a four-foot-long Burmese python. The snake was under her car when Lori Goodwin came out of a store. "It was really fat," Goodwin said. "It looked like it had just eaten something, so I was trying to scare...

4 years 8 months ago

Train engine dangles off bridge

A coal train derailed Friday morning in Chesapeake, Virginia, leaving its engine dangling off a bridge. The train apparently failed to stop as it approached a bridge over the intercoastal waterway. Coast Guard officials rushed to the scene and closed the area surrounding the waterway. About 1,500 gallons...

4 years 9 months ago

New home sales fall to record low

Sales of new homes plunged to a record low in January, underscoring the formidable challenges facing the housing industry as it tries to recover from the worst slump in decades. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new home sales dropped 11.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual...

4 years 9 months ago

Wife of Austin plane pilot to speak out

The Red Cross says the wife of the pilot who crashed his plane into a Texas office building that housed an IRS office plans to reach out to media and answer questions. Red Cross spokeswoman Marty McKellips says A. Joseph Stack's family planned to "give information and answer questions"...

4 years 9 months ago

FTC: Don't be fooled by job-related scams

The Federal Trade Commission says it is cracking down on con artists who target the unemployed with bogus job placement and work-at-home scams. The consumer protection agency has asked federal courts to shut down seven entities charged with peddling such schemes and to freeze their assets. The agency says...

4 years 9 months ago

US magazine circulation falls in 2009

Circulation for U.S. magazines slipped more than 2 percent in the second half of 2009. A new report also finds that single-copy sales, which are more lucrative for publishers, dropped more than 9 percent. With the weak economy still putting a damper on spending and with plenty of free...

4 years 9 months ago

Complaints over Toyota Prius brakes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received about 100 complaints involving the brakes of the Prius new model. Two involved crashes resulting in injuries. The Japanese government has also received 14 complaints in Japan about brake problems with Toyota's popular Prius hybrid. Toyota's sales are being battered...

4 years 9 months ago

Northwest Airlines is done

Northwest Airlines got its start in 1926 hauling air mail in two rented biplanes. Now, it's no more. The airline's code has been retired. Delta Air Lines combined the Northwest reservation system into its own over the weekend, changed the code on Northwest flights to Delta's code and took...

4 years 11 months ago

Walt Disney's nephew, Roy, dies at 79

A newspaper says Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney who became a powerful behind-the-scenes influence on the family business, has died. He was 79. Clifford A. Miller, a spokesman for Roy Disney's company Shamrock Holdings, told the Los Angeles Times that Disney died Wednesday after a bout with...

5 years 1 week ago

Madoff yacht, boats sold at auction in Florida

Bernard Madoff's yacht "Bull," two smaller boats and a Mercedes-Benz convertible have been auctioned in Florida for more than $1 million combined. Madoff's 1969 Rybovich, a 55-foot fishing boat, sold for $700,000 to an unknown buyer. A 38-foot Shelter Island runabout named "Sitting Bull" went for $320,000 and the 24-foot...

5 years 2 weeks ago

Sprint plans to cut up to 2,500 jobs

Sprint Nextel Corp. is planning to cut 2,000 to 2,500 jobs, mostly before the end of the year, as it keeps losing subscribers. The wireless carrier, based on Overland Park, Kansas, said Monday it aims to cut labor costs by at least $350 million per year. Sprint plans to take...

5 years 1 month ago

Brown bats wiped out by fungus

Wildlife biologists studying a mysterious fungus killing off hundreds of thousands of bats around America want to find out if they can repopulate caves decimated by the disease. So they're bringing 79 healthy little brown bats to two hard-hit caves in Vermont. Researchers suspect a fungus that thrives in cold,...

5 years 1 month ago

Bernanke urges Congress to act now on overhaul

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is prodding Congress to enact legislation overhauling the nation's financial regulatory system to prevent a repeat of the banking and credit debacles that had thrust the country into crisis. The Fed chief says: "With the financial turmoil abating, now is the time for policymakers to...

5 years 1 month ago

NYC to expand its high-tech counterterror system

A network of security cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors designed to protect lower Manhattan from terrorist threats is now expanding to New York City's midtown area. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly say the city will extend the counterterrorism system into an area that includes Grand...

5 years 2 months ago

Timing of missile defense announcement criticized

The Obama administration is coming under fire from members of Congress over its decision to make changes in missile defense plans. At a hearing today, lawmakers said they resented hearing about the decision in news reports before being briefed. A Pentagon official told the Senate hearing that the administration rushed...

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