News archive from 31 October 2012

No breakthrough for Charlotte city council on streetcar

After an hour of discussing different ways to pay for a streetcar Tuesday, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx asked City Council members which proposals they liked best. The response: Silence. “These are the crickets I was worried...

 

NASA Curiosity rover takes a bite of Martian soil

PASADENA, Calif. - Scientists say the Martian soil at the rover Curiosity's landing site contains minerals similar to what's found on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano. The finding released Tuesday is the latest step in trying to better understand whether...

 

TV reporters get punished by Hurricane Sandy

The wall-to-wall TV coverage of Hurricane Sandy's approach and landfall on Monday was an opportunity for many on-air reporters to put on rain slickers and get themselves out in the storm. While cameras could have easily been positioned to give viewers...

 

Outages, floods hit two N.J. refineries; others restart

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The second-largest refinery on the U.S. East Coast suffered some flooding and a power outage from Hurricane Sandy, and two smaller plants also lost power, as glitches threatened to slow the recovery in fuel supplies disrupted by...

 

Outside groups have spent $840 million on 2012 election

WASHINGTON -- "Super" political action committees and nonprofits unleashed by the Citizens United 2010 Supreme Court decision have spent more than $840 million so far on the 2012 elections, with the overwhelming majority of it favoring...

 

Outside groups have spent $840 million on 2012 election

WASHINGTON -- “Super” political action committees and nonprofits unleashed by the Citizens United 2010 Supreme Court decision have spent more than $840 million so far on the 2012 elections, with the overwhelming majority of it...

 
Huntsville Pacesetters for Sunday, Nov. 4

Huntsville Pacesetters for Sunday, Nov. 4

ATHLETICS Hazel Green High senior Austin Dempsey is Huntsville Hospital Sports Center, D1 and TOC Sports' Athlete of the Week. For more about him, visit huntsvillehospital.org/aoy. EDUCATIONGreengate School for Dyslexia announced Lisa Baker achieved...

 
Bama, LSU hoping 7 will be lucky number this time

Bama, LSU hoping 7 will be lucky number this time

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. - Maybe the force-field that has shielded the end zone the past two times Alabama and LSU have tangled won't be quite so powerful Saturday night.The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 5 Tigers smacked into it in last season's two...

 

Charlotte airport returning to normal after Sandy

Thousands of flights were grounded across the Northeast on Tuesday, but operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport were getting back to normal as the number of cancellations fell and airlines prepared to resume their normal schedules. The...

 

Firefighters get a primer on movie pyrotechnics

Five soldiers dressed in camouflage and carrying machine guns took cover behind a stack of wooden pallets. One yelled "incoming" and a few seconds later a large explosion ignited behind them, setting off a ball of flame rising 30 feet high....

 

Vehicle slams into Macomb Habitat for Humanity store

Mount Clemens - A sport-utility vehicle crashed through Macomb Habitat for Humanity's resale shop on Tuesday.Officials for the nonprofit group said a middle-aged man drove his black Ford Explorer through the south wall of the charity's ReStore shop,...

 

GAMING: Founding Father featured in popular new video game

McLEAN, Va. - Wars and video games seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. But those games usually involve tanks and machine guns and Tet offensives; not horses, bayonets and Bunker Hill. Now, though, one of the biggest game releases of the...

 

Music legends: The Boss, the Bard and the Blonde

They are three of the biggest living icons in popular music. Make that aging icons. Still, their images are indelible, their music timeless and their popularity remarkably undying. In fact, when it comes to ticket sales, these geezers are as hot as...

 

Business Highlights

--- Storm's cost may hit $50 billion; rebuilding to ease blow WASHINGTON (AP) - Superstorm Sandy will end up causing about $20 billion in property damages and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, according to IHS Global Insight, a...

 
Sandy uncovers suspected old bomb at Guantánamo ferry landing

Sandy uncovers suspected old bomb at Guantánamo ferry landing

The U.S. military shut down a ferry landing at the Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and sent for a bomb disposal team from Florida on Tuesday after Hurricane Sandy churned up a suspicious object in the bay that might be a live, 500-pound...

 

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