General News Archive - June 22, 2008

By Tim Bryant and Terry Hillig, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 22--FOLEY--Tim Johnson, shirtless and deeply tanned, looked out over his riverfront property, which was under several feet of the flooding Mississippi River.

By Joe Hallett and Mark Niquette, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jun. 22--Obamamania? Well, it might take awhile. For sure, the 2,000 party activists attending the Ohio Democratic Party's annual dinner last night at the state fairgrounds are behind their presidential candidate, Sen.

By John McCormick, Chicago Tribune Jun. 22--Opening a new dispute in the race for the White House, Sen. Barack Obama criticized Sen. John McCain on Saturday for opposing infrastructure spending he said could have reduced the devastation of recent Midwest flooding.

By SEBASTIAN ABBOT By Sebastian Abbot The Associated Press JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia The U.S. energy secretary said Saturday that insufficient oil production, not financial speculation, was driving soaring crude prices.

By MONICA DAVEY By Monica Davey The New York Times CANTON, Mo. The levees along the Mississippi River offer a patchwork of unpredictable protections. Some are tall and earthen, others aging and sandy, and many along its tributaries uncataloged by federal officials.

By Jim Landers, The Dallas Morning News Jun. 22--JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- An extraordinary meeting happens here today along the shores of the Red Sea when the great powers of oil -- producers, consumers, countries and companies -- try to find a formula to break the global fever of oil prices.

By Jim Gomez Associated Press MANILA, Philippines -- Navy and coast guard ships battled huge waves and strong winds today to reach a stranded ferry carrying more than 740 people after Typhoon Fengshen battered the country killing 17.

By Associated Press ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Scott Kalitta died Saturday when his Funny Car burst into flames and crashed at the end of the track during the final round of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

By Cheryl Wittenauer Associated Press FOLEY, Mo. -- Amid the battle to hold back the swollen Mississippi River, some towns in northeastern Missouri and Illinois got an unwelcome surprise Saturday as river levels rose higher than projected.

By Don Thompson Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Thunderstorms sparked as many as 75 wildfires in a wilderness area in far northern California on Saturday as officials farther south got close to containing a blaze that destroyed several homes and forced thousands to evacuate.

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