News archive from 31 May 2012

Witness says Kansas commune leader foretold death

WICHITA, Kan. — When it was Patricia Hughes' turn to die in 2003 — as the commune's leader and so-called seer predicted weeks earlier — the young mother kissed her 2-year-old daughter goodbye and reassured another child she would come back from the...

Chron, 17:00 in World News
 

Should Mark Zuckerberg have tipped the waiter in Rome?

The plunging price of Facebook stock aside, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have become ensnared in a kerfuffle over his apparent decision not to leave a tip on a meal during his honeymoon in Rome. The online Telegraph newspaper reports the Facebook tycoon...

 

Follow the leader

How’s this for an oddity: Huntsville is following the lead of Piedmont. Yes, little-’ol Piedmont is an Alabama trendsetter when it comes to integrating computers into education. It’s also one of the reasons why Calhoun County’s northernmost town is...

 

Firework lodges in man's chest

St. Paul, Minn. - A Minnesota man is in critical condition after surgeons removed an unexploded firework from his chest.Nick Beheng, 31, was launching fireworks from a hand-held mortar tube Saturday when one of two misfired, according to Anoka County...

 

Black pilots sue United over bias claims

San Francisco - Black pilots for United Airlines are claiming in a federal bias lawsuit that few minority workers are promoted to upper management.The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco says nearly all black employees at United...

 

Venus Williams follows sister's footsteps out of French Open

Venus Williams has been ousted from the French Open, one day and one round after her sister Serena also made an extremely early exit from the event. Williams lost to third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, 6-2, 6-3, in the second round Wednesday....

 

Expanded deal over FEMA trailer fumes worth $37.5M

NEW ORLEANS - An expanded class-action settlement agreement calls for around two dozen companies that manufactured trailers distributed by the government after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to pay a total of $37.5 million to resolve claims that Gulf...

 
Buick SUV sets record

Buick SUV sets record

It may be hard to believe, but Buick sold more sport utility vehicles last year than it did Regal, LaCross or Lucerne sedans.All the SUVs were Enclaves — a high-riding, upscale family vehicle with seating for at least seven, a quiet interior, pleasant...

Chron, 17:06 in World News
 
Can you really teach a kid to become bullyproof?

Can you really teach a kid to become bullyproof?

NEW YORK (AP) — Teaching kids to become "bullyproof" is all the rage. Books, videos and websites promise to show parents how to protect their kids from being bullied; school districts are buying curricula with names like "Bully-Proofing...

Chron, 17:06 in World News
 

Miami homebuyers' workshop offers downpayment help

Wells Fargo & Co. will host a workshop 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday to help people who otherwise qualify for a mortgage to buy a home in the city of Miami but are short on a downpayment. The workshop will be at the Doubletree Miami...

 

McLeod: Rizzo in 'finishing stages' in Iowa

First baseman Anthony Rizzo is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday night as Triple-A Iowa plays Omaha. Rizzo suffered a right wrist injuring during Sunday night's game in Memphis, and sat out Monday's game. "Everything's fine," Cubs...

 

US again imposes clean-energy tariffs on China

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is moving to impose stiff new tariffs on wind-energy towers made in China, the latest strike in an escalating trade war over clean energy. The Commerce Department said in a preliminary decision Wednesday that...

 

Business leaders seek greater preschool access

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Inadequate preschooling is causing Michigan students to fall behind early, making it harder to develop the talented workforce needed for the state to be competitive, business leaders said Wednesday.A coalition of...

Chron, 17:08 in Business
 

Planned Parenthood endorses Obama, calls Romney 'wrong for women'

LOS ANGELES -- The Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched a $1.4 million ad campaign Wednesday attacking Mitt Romney as "just wrong for women," injecting the abortion rights issue into a presidential campaign that has been heavily focused...

 

Houston city council OKs Southwest expansion

Southwest Airlines is planning to offer international service out of Houston's Hobby Airport with the city council's adoption of a $100 million plan to expand the airport and add international flights.Southwest, the nation's fourth-largest airline by...

Chron, 17:08 in Business
 

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