May 10, 2010 3:51 PM
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... more »
March 26, 2010 9:55 AM
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... more »
March 25, 2010 11:16 AM
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has approved a series of changes in how the Pentagon implements the law banning gays from serving openly in the military.
The changes would make it harder to discharge a gay person for violating the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy by putting... more »
March 24, 2010 1:16 PM
Relatives of a SeaWorld trainer killed by a whale in Florida say they will suffer severe harm if video of the incident is released.
Trainer Dawn Brancheau died in Orlando last month when a killer whale named Tilikum dragged her into the water and thrashed her around after a... more »
February 24, 2010 4:25 PM
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... more »
February 19, 2010 8:18 AM
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"... more »
February 17, 2010 1:42 PM
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... more »
February 8, 2010 12:24 PM
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... more »
February 3, 2010 9:21 AM
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... more »
February 2, 2010 6:14 PM
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... more »
December 28, 2009 1:35 PM
It was the worst of times and it was the worst of times for many American workers this past year.
With 10 percent unemployment, 2009 draws to a close leaving millions of Americans without jobs. Even those who still have jobs feel beaten down. The recession took its toll... more »
December 16, 2009 2:36 PM
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... more »
November 19, 2009 9:11 AM
A problem with the FAA system that collects airlines' flight plans caused widespread flight cancellations and delays nationwide Thursday. It was the second time in 15 months that a glitch in the flight plan system caused delays.
FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said she doesn't know how many flights are... more »
November 17, 2009 7:07 PM
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... more »
November 9, 2009 4:38 PM
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... more »
November 5, 2009 10:52 AM
Gary Rowley last saw his dog, Brindle, a few days before Super Bowl Sunday of 1999.
So it was quite a reunion on Sunday when the two finally were together again a decade after Brindle managed to open the door to Rowley's Fredricksburg, Virginia home and disappeared into the... more »
November 3, 2009 6:49 PM
Police say four more bodies and a skull have been found at the Cleveland home of a convicted rapist where police last week removed the remains of six women.
Police Lt. Thomas Stacho said the additional bodies were found Tuesday in the backyard of the home where 50-year-old Anthony... more »
October 28, 2009 2:28 PM
The trustee overseeing the liquidation of Bernard Madoff's assets says more $530 million has been paid so far to victims of the disgraced financier's massive fraud. Trustee Irving Picard said in a briefing on Wednesday that he had identified $21.2 billion in losses in about 2,300 customer accounts. The money... more »
October 28, 2009 12:35 PM
The Treasury Department says "a viable GMAC is critical to the success of GM and Chrysler." It says that's why it's in talks with the former lending arm of General Motors about a third helping of taxpayer aid. GMAC provides wholesale financing to many GM and Chrysler dealerships to pay... more »
October 27, 2009 11:49 AM
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,... more »
October 23, 2009 9:33 AM
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... more »
October 22, 2009 9:44 AM
The head of a committee that oversees the federal bailout fund says executive compensation in the country's large corporations is excessive and must be brought under control. In confirming administration plans, Elizabeth Warren said Thursday the time had come to substantially cut back compensation for the top officers of several... more »
October 13, 2009 11:06 AM
The Supreme Court will consider throwing out the convictions of former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling for his role in one of the largest scandals in U.S. business history.
The court said Tuesday it will hear Skilling's appeal of lower court rulings that upheld all 19 of his... more »
October 13, 2009 11:00 AM
A warship built with 7 1/2 tons of steel from the World Trade Center site is heading to its namesake city.
The USS New York left south Louisiana, where it was built, on Tuesday. The Navy will officially commission it in New York in early November.
Organizers of... more »
October 5, 2009 6:27 PM
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... more »
September 24, 2009 4:04 PM
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... more »