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General News Archive - September 16, 2008

By Alan Levin The deadly head-on train collision in Los Angeles last week could have been prevented with new safety technology, government safety advocates and lawmakers said Monday.

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Pump prices jumped above $5 per gallon in some parts of the country Sunday as Hurricane Ike, which caused less destruction than feared, left refineries and pipelines idled and destroyed at least 10 offshore petroleum platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

By Clifford Krauss Oil companies are warning U.S. motorists that they will not be able to produce adequate supplies of gasoline in the days ahead because so many of their refineries are still not operating in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

By Tomoko A. Hosaka Associated Press TOKYO -- The steep decline in U.S. stocks sent Asian stock markets tumbling sharply today as investors were rattled by concerns over an expanding global financial crisis.

By Andre Coe and Chris Duncan Associated Press HOUSTON -- Thousands of victims of Hurricane Ike settled in at shelters for what could be weeks, and others waited wearily in line for food, water, ice and gasoline Monday as it became increasingly clear the disaster along the Texas coast would be measured not by its death toll but by the misery it spread.

By Gene Johnson Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Gov. Sarah Palin is unlikely to speak with an independent counsel hired by Alaska lawmakers to review the firing of her public safety commissioner, a spokesman for Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday.

By Robert Burns Associated Press BAGHDAD -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he foresees a shrinking U.S. combat role in Iraq in coming months, while the No. 2 U.S.

By Combined N.Y. Times, AP LOS ANGELES -- Federal officials said Monday that it could take five years or more to put an early warning system in place across the country to prevent the kind of rail collision here Friday that killed 25 people and left more than 130 injured.

By GENE JOHNSON By Gene Johnson The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is unlikely to speak with an independent counsel hired by Alaska lawmakers to review the firing of her public safety commissioner, a spokesman for Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday.

By MICHAEL R BLOOD By Michael R. Blood The Associated Press LOS ANGELES Federal officials blamed railroads Monday for refusing their requests to install an expensive safety feature on all U.S. tracks that many say could have prevented Southern California's deadly commuter train crash.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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