News archive from 9 March 2012

Wreck ends Waltrip's Daytona 500 streak at 25

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Waltrip sat in a golf cart just outside the care center, stared at the ground and sheepishly placed both hands on his head. He knew he made a costly error in the first qualifying race Thursday, one that will end his...

 
More Quran protests leave 7 dead in Afghanistan

More Quran protests leave 7 dead in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan called on his troops to resist any urge to avenge the death of two American soldiers killed in riots over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base, even as renewed protests Friday claimed at...

 

Senate fails to approve Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON -- The US Senate on Thursday failed to pass legislation that would have cleared the way for the immediate construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Senate Republicans fell short in their attempt to push through an amendment that would...

 
Gap's 4th-quarter profit falls 40 percent

Gap's 4th-quarter profit falls 40 percent

NEW YORK -- Gap Inc. reported a 40 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit as the clothing retailer wrestled with higher costs and had to discount heavily to attract shoppers during the crucial holiday season. The operator of Banana Republic, Gap, Old...

 
Avant-garde guitarist Elliott Sharp plays in Miami Saturday

Avant-garde guitarist Elliott Sharp plays in Miami Saturday

Before his political activism and subsequent arrest derailed his academic career, guitarist and composer Elliott Sharp was enjoying all the stimuli available to an open-minded college student in the mid-'70s. He shared a house in the scenic Hudson...

 

Stewart wins first Daytona 500 qualifier, Patrick wrecks

Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart won Thursday's first of two Gatorade Duel qualifying races for the Daytona 500, while his teammate, Danica Patrick, crashed hard into the wall on the final lap at Daytona International Speedway....

 

Tsonga reaches semifinals in Marseille

MARSEILLE, France -- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga edged Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-5 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Open 13. Tsonga had 14 aces and saved 10 break points in an all-French match. The top-seeded Frenchman will face Juan Martin Del Potro,...

 

Erakovic, Arvidsson reach Memphis final

Fourth seed Marina Erakovic posted a semifinal victory and tournament stalwart Sofia Arvidsson secured a berth in her third final here in seven years at the $220,000 Memphis International tennis event. New Zealand's Erakovic outlasted Russian Vera...

 

For Obama, foreign policy appears to be a strength

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s first news conference of the year was loaded with questions on Iran, Israel and Afghanistan; notably absent was almost any talk of the still-limping economy. That’s just the way the president’s campaign team wants...

 

Hot Almagro reaches semis in Buenos Aires

Seeking a second straight Buenos Aires title and a second championship overall in two weeks, Nicolas Almagro booked a spot in Saturday's semifinals at the Copa Claro tennis event. The second-seeded world No. 11 Almagro handled Russian qualifier Igor...

 
Umatilla student arrested for bringing gun to campus

Umatilla student arrested for bringing gun to campus

A Umatilla High School student is out of jail after bringing a gun to school earlier this week. Kyle Preston Smith, an 18-year-old student, brought a BB gun to school in his truck Monday and was removed from his class after another student alerted an...

 

Police: Teen who claimed abduction lied

Delray Beach police have confirmed that a teenager who claimed to have been abducted last week lied to investigators about her whereabouts. According to Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Guerierro, detectives found inconsistencies and when...

 

Danica Patrick OK after wreck in Daytona qualifier

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick walked away OK after taking a hard hit to the wall in her qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. Her race car didn't fare quite so well. Patrick was caught up in a crash on the final lap of...

 

Danica Patrick OK after wreck in Daytona qualifier

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick walked away OK after taking a hard hit to the wall in her qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. Her race car didn't fare quite so well. Patrick was caught up in a crash on the final lap of...

 
AIG's profit surges on tax-related accounting gain

AIG's profit surges on tax-related accounting gain

NEW YORK -- American International Group, the insurance company that was bailed out by the government in 2008, reported a $19.8 billion profit in the fourth quarter of last year, nearly all of it due to a tax-related accounting gain. In the same...

 

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