Ford eliminates long-time brand
in cost costing move
Ford Motor Co. will cease production of its 72-year-old Mercury brand by the end of 2010 after years
of declining sales.
FL tourism playground
braces for oil slick's arrival
With oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill now floating less than a dozen miles from one of Florida's most popular seaside destinations, the Sunshine State is gearing up to defend its pristine beaches as well as its mammoth tourism industry.
>> BP CEO apologizes for saying 'I want my life back'
Lawmakers push microwave
weapon for border defense
A weapon that uses a burst of high-intensity energy to fry a car's electronics is being touted by lawmakers as the latest military-inspired gadget that could be used to help secure the U.S. border with Mexico.
Calif. town tops roll call
of climbing US jobless rates
Jobless rates are up across the U.S., with the nation's worst unemployment rate going to the Southern California town of El Centro, where nearly 28 percent of the work force is without a job, the Labor Department announced today.
DOT floats new rule to
boost passengers' rights
Airline passengers would carry on a new list of rights -- for more cash when they are bumped off flights and better notification of baggage fees and flight delays -- under a rule issued today by the Department of Transportation.
Most Americans can't name
any Supreme Court justices
They are among the most powerful people in the nation. They're appointed for life, and they make decisions that affect all of us. And, if a new survey is right, you probably have no idea who they are.
Study: Blacks stricken from
juries in Southern states
Black Americans are being stricken from Southern juries -- especially in cases of capital punishment -- because they live in poor neighborhoods, chew gum or are thought to have "low intelligence," according to a new report.
sought in Peru murder
A young Dutchman previously arrested in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway is the prime suspect in the weekend murder of a Peruvian woman, police said Wednesday.
LA Mayor faces ethics
review over free tickets
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a regular at such high-profile events as the annual Academy Awards festivities and Los Angeles Lakers games, could be facing ethics problems over whether he failed to report thousands of dollars in free tickets.
Obama takes careful
approach to Israeli raid
The raid on a Gaza aid flotilla that ended with at least nine civilians dead left Israel once more isolated from the world community, with only one country to keep it company: the United States.
Japan's PM has decided to
resign over U.S. base row
Public broadcaster NHK said Wednesday that Hatoyama told his party executives he intended to step down over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa.
New Study: CIA drones
killed militants, not civilians
The CIA's drone strikes in Pakistan killed strikingly few civilians, according to a new academic study. The controversial campaign resulted in just one confirmed civilian casualty for every 22 suspected militants killed, the study reports.
Sarah Palin's neighborly
author: I'm no stalker
Author Joe McGinniss says Sarah Palin "unleashed the hounds of hell" on him when he moved next door to Palin's home in Alaska to write a book about the former governor.
Teens' anti-semitic road
race screeches to a halt
An anti-Semitic game played by high school students near the desert resort city of Palm Springs has landed them in hot water, even as school officials say there's little they can do by way of punishment because it happened off school grounds.
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