News archive from 3 January 2013

Oil, other commodities rise following budget deal

Prices for crude oil and most other commodities rose Wednesday after lawmakers cobbled together a last-minute budget agreement in Washington. Most energy products were higher. Commodities followed the stock market up after Congress passed a budget...

 

Avis buying Zipcar in deal worth nearly $500M

NEW YORK Avis is leaping into the car-sharing service business by buying Zipcar for $491.2 million, aiming to capture a new type of customer and technology that will vastly expand its car rental options. Car sharing has become a popular alternative to...

 
Orlando tries again for business identity separate from Mickey

Orlando tries again for business identity separate from Mickey

Orlando's business community is resuming its decades-old quest to convince the rest of the world that Central Florida is more than theme parks, resort hotels and other tourist attractions. The Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission has been...

 
Ex-Ficano aide invokes 5th Amendment to avoid political questions in civil lawsuit

Ex-Ficano aide invokes 5th Amendment to avoid political questions in civil lawsuit

A former top aide to Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano used the 5th Amendment privilege so he didn't have to answer questions about his political work for Ficano in a civil deposition. That deposition and others were revealed in court documents...

 

STATE: Mom: Boy didn’t steal plane in crash

JASPER, Ala. - A teen pilot killed along with two friends in an Alabama plane crash had his own key to the aircraft and had flown it many times, his mother said Wednesday, denying authorities' assertion that the plane had been taken without...

 
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasts House GOP as ‘disgusting’ for delaying vote on $60 billion in aid for Hurricane Sandy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasts House GOP as ‘disgusting’ for delaying vote on $60 billion in aid for...

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie unloaded on House Republicans and their leader, John Boehner, Wednesday afternoon, calling the group "disgusting" after the group delayed a vote on much-needed Hurricane Sandy disaster aid. "This is not a...

 

News Summary: The market throws a New Year's party

THE CLIFF COMPROMISE: All the major U.S. stock indexes shot higher on Wednesday after politicians hammered out a compromise on the government's budget. HAPPY NEW YEAR: The Dow jumped 308.41 points. That was its biggest point gain on the first trading...

 
Union official: No talks yet on furlough days for Detroit workers

Union official: No talks yet on furlough days for Detroit workers

A union official said unpaid furlough days Mayor Dave Bing promised as a way to help Detroit out of a cash-flow crisis and budget deficit aren't close to being instituted by the city. Ed McNeil, a spokesman for American Federation of State, County...

 

Betty Jane McClanahan Rooks

CULLMAN - Betty Jane McClanahan Rooks Funeral services for Betty Jane McClanahan Rooks, 81, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Ridout's Gardendale Chapel, with a graveside service and interment at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Vinemont....

 

GM: Volt sales tripled in 2012

Washington - General Motors Co. said Wednesday that its 2012 sales of the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt tripled from 2011.U.S. sales of the Volt for 2012 will top 23,000 for the year, said Michelle Malcho, a spokeswoman for GM. The Detroit automaker...

 
‘Django Unchained’ star Samuel L. Jackson challenges TV interviewer to use ‘N-word’ on air 

‘Django Unchained’ star Samuel L. Jackson challenges TV interviewer to use ‘N-word’ on air 

Say the N-Word, and I'll answer your question. That's what "Django Unchained" star Samuel L. Jackson told a shocked TV interviewer recently. Jackson was being grilled about his work in the latest Quentin Tarantino movie when Jake Hamilton of...

 

George Adam Conrad Kelsoe

CULLMAN - George Adam Conrad Kelsoe Funeral services for George Adam Conrad Kelsoe, 30, of Holly Pond will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Redan Baptist Church, the Revs. Joe Garrett and Mike King officiating, with interment in New Home...

 

Jean Hooten Stisher

CULLMAN - Jean Hooten Stisher Jean Hooten Stisher, one of God's Angels, joined her "Heavenly Host" when she passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, after a long illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at First Baptist Church...

 

Evanston Burger King robbed

A lone gunman robbed an Evanston Burger King on Wednesday morning just after it opened, according to authorities. A man with a handgun walked into the restaurant in the 1800 block of Dempster Street at 6:10 a.m. and approached two employees to demand...

 
Metro Airport falls to third in annual ranking of airports with healthy food options

Metro Airport falls to third in annual ranking of airports with healthy food options

We're No. 3! We're No. 3! Detroit Metro Airport's ranking slipped from first to third place in 2012 in the annual Airport Food Review by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Each year, the organization reviews restaurant food at 18...

 

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