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1 At least 53 dead as car bombs target Iraq police
by Salam Faraj, AFP
1 hr 8 mins ago
|BAGHDAD (AFP) – More than a dozen apparently coordinated car bombs targeting Iraqi police and other attacks blamed on Al-Qaeda killed 53 people on Wednesday, just days before the US military ends its combat mission.
The trail of bloodshed started in the capital Baghdad before stretching to the north and south of the country, hitting 10 cities and towns in quick succession in tactics that bore the hallmark of the jihadist network.
Some 250 people were also wounded, security officials said, as a total of 14 car bombs wrought havoc for police and soldiers whose ability to protect the country is under close scrutiny as US forces have drawn down.
2 Pakistan warns of new floods as UN says 800,000 cut off
by Hasan Mansoor and Emmanuel Duparcq, AFP
Wed Aug 25, 1:10 pm ET
|HYDERABAD, Pakistan (AFP) – Pakistan battled Wednesday to save areas threatened by more devastating flood waters as the United Nations warned that 800,000 people in desperate need of aid had been cut off by the deluge.
The UN launched an urgent appeal Tuesday for more helicopters to deliver aid to those people reachable only by air, after floods triggered by a torrent of monsoon rains washed away bridges and vital access roads.
“As monsoon floods continue to displace millions in southern Pakistan, an estimated 800,000 people in need across the country are only accessible by air,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.
3 Weak US housing, business data fuel ‘double-dip’ concerns
by P. Parameswaran, AFP
Wed Aug 25, 12:40 pm ET
|WASHINGTON (AFP) – New US homes sales fell to their lowest level in about half a century and manufacturing orders came in far worse than expected, the government said Wednesday, fueling concerns the world’s largest economy could slip back into recession.
Adding to the recent slew of depressing data, the Commerce Department said sales of new single-family houses unexpectedly slumped 12.4 percent in July to 276,000 units from a month earlier.
July sales broke below the 300,000 mark for the first time in the data’s 47 years of history, baffling most economists who had expected sales to rise to 334,000 units.
4 BHP profits more than double as Potash battle looms
Wed Aug 25, 1:13 pm ET
|LONDON (AFP) – BHP Billiton’s annual profits more than doubled on the back of surging commodities demand, it said Wednesday, one week after launching a 40-billion-dollar hostile bid for Canadian fertiliser firm Potash.
Profits after tax soared to nearly 13 billion dollars in its year to June 2010 as commodity prices rebounded on renewed demand for raw materials from emerging markets, notably China, amid the global economic recovery.
The world’s biggest miner added that it enjoyed record sales volumes for key commodities iron ore, metallurgical coal used in steelmaking, and petroleum.
5 Tiger admits errors, sadness in post-divorce interview
2 hrs 22 mins ago
|PARAMUS, New Jersey (AFP) – Tiger Woods admitted Wednesday that his own misdeeds and mistakes doomed his marriage and left him and ex-wife Elin sad as they now try to help their children cope with life after the split.
Two days after their divorce was finalized and a day before he tees off in the first US PGA playoff event, world number one Woods spoke about the divorce brought about by his multiple affairs in a scandal exposed last November.
“My actions certainly led us to this decision,” Woods said. “I made a lot of errors in my life. That’s something I’m going to have to live with.”
6 I felt ‘stupid’, says Tiger’s ex as she breaks silence
Wed Aug 25, 11:25 am ET
|WASHINGTON (AFP) – Tiger Woods’s ex-wife has broken her silence over the sex scandal that ended their marriage, saying the extent of his philandering had made her feel “stupid” and she had been through “hell.”
Elin Nordegren told People magazine that stress from the lurid tabloid scandal caused her insomnia and weight loss, and that in the days before her divorce was finalized she began to lose her hair.
“I’ve been through hell,” Nordegren, a 30-year-old Swedish former model, told the celebrity news weekly in an article posted Wednesday on its website which will hit newsstands later this week.
7 Get us out of underground ‘hell,’ Chile miners plead
Wed Aug 25, 11:52 am ET
|COPIAPO, Chile (AFP) – Chile’s trapped miners say they are enduring “hell” underground, putting urgency into a rescue operation that is about to start but could drag on for months before providing salvation.
The 33 men, living in unimaginable conditions deep below ground for 20 days, pleaded with President Sebastian Pinera late Tuesday to save them, in an exchange over an intercom line dropped through a narrow drill hole.
“We are waiting for all of Chile to do everything to get us out of this hell,” said group leader Luis Urzua.
8 McCain wins primary in key US elections
by David Anderson, AFP
Wed Aug 25, 7:10 am ET
|PHOENIX, Arizona (AFP) – US Senator John McCain claimed victory in an Arizona primary, easily fending off a challenge seen as a test of the country’s anti-incumbent mood as Americans decide in November who controls Congress.
But while several old-guard politicians handily won renomination in party selection contests, others like veteran Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were under serious threat of ouster by political novices vowing to clean house in Washington.
McCain, a four-term senator and the defeated Republican presidential nominee, handily beat former congressman and conservative talkshow host J.D. Hayworth in Tuesday’s primary.
9 McCain wins Arizona primary, Meek victorious in Florida
By Tom Brown, Reuters
Wed Aug 25, 5:00 am ET
|MIAMI (Reuters) – Representative Kendrick Meek won Florida’s Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday and will square off against Governor Charlie Crist and conservative Republican Marco Rubio in the closely watched November 2 election.
In a closely watched contest in Arizona, veteran John McCain claimed a commanding victory over conservative challenger J.D. Hayworth, after a bitter battle for the Republican Party’s pick to run for Senate.
In an election year marked by voter anger over a struggling economy, lost jobs and spiraling deficits, incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was narrowly trailing challenger Joe Miller, a conservative-ex judge backed by former state Governor Sarah Palin, in early tallies.
10 Insurgents attack Iraqi police as U.S. pulls back
By Ahmed Rasheed and Waleed Ibrahim, Reuters
Wed Aug 25, 12:15 pm ET
|BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Suicide bombers and other attackers killed at least 62 people in coordinated attacks on Iraqi security forces throughout the country Wednesday, less than a week before U.S. troops formally end combat operations.
The bombings also wounded more than 250 people, underscoring the fragility of Iraq’s security and the uncertainty of its political situation more than five months after an election that produced no outright winner and as yet no new government.
The onslaught was launched a day after the U.S. military in Iraq cut its strength to under 50,000 as President Barack Obama, facing a war-weary American public, seeks to fulfill a pledge to end the war launched 7-1/2 years ago by his predecessor.
11 U.S. to give more flood aid to Pakistan
By Augustine Anthony, Reuters
Wed Aug 25, 11:31 am ET
|SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – The United States will divert $50 million from a development package for Pakistan toward relief funds, the top U.S. aid official said on Wednesday after touring a flood victims camp supplied by a charity with suspected links to a militant group on a U.S. terrorist list.
Officials in Pakistan and its ally Washington are worried that militants could exploit the disorder caused by the floods, and the government’s slow response, to gain recruits.
The United States, eager to see stability in Pakistan, a frontline state in its war against militancy, has so far been the most generous donor. It has provided 25 percent of aid commitments and contributions, the U.N. said.
12 Space-based detector could find anti-universe
By Robert Evans, Reuters
2 hrs 8 mins ago
|GENEVA (Reuters) – A huge particle detector to be mounted on the International Space Station next year could find evidence for the anti-universe often evoked in science fiction, physicists said on Wednesday.
Speaking as the 8.5-tonne Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) machine was being loaded into a huge U.S. Air Force cargo plane at Geneva airport, they said the 20-year research program would bring a huge step forward in understanding the cosmos.
“If there is an anti-universe, perhaps out there beyond the edge of our universe, our space-based detector may well be able to bring us signs of its existence,” U.S. scientist and Nobel laureate Samuel Ting told a news conference.
13 Afghans say withdrawal timeline "invigorates" Taliban
By Hamid Shalizi, Reuters
Wed Aug 25, 8:47 am ET
|KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. plans to begin drawing down forces in Afghanistan from next July are “invigorating” insurgents, Afghan officials said on Wednesday, agreeing with a blunt assessment given by the top U.S. Marine.
Marines General James Conway said on Tuesday President Barack Obama’s plan to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan from July 2011 had given a morale boost to the Taliban, who believe they can wait out NATO forces.
He also said foreign forces should only withdraw when Afghan forces are ready and able to take over — a view expressed this month by the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus.
14 Global outlook casts shadow over Fed mountain retreat
By Mark Felsenthal, Reuters
Wed Aug 25, 12:02 am ET
|WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Central bankers from around the world will assess a darkening economic outlook at their annual U.S. mountain retreat this week with discussion of printing yet more money to spur growth on the agenda.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is likely to signal his views about the uncertain prospects for the world’s biggest economy but he probably won’t give many clues on whether the U.S. central bank will pump more cash to keep the recovery going.
Other top central bankers will arrive in the Jackson Hole resort with concerns, too.
15 U.S. soldiers head home, hope Iraq on track
By Ulf Laessing, Reuters
Wed Aug 25, 1:57 am ET
|CAMP ADDER, Iraq (Reuters) – Over “midnight chow” just hours before leaving Iraq, U.S. soldiers had no illusions about the challenges that lie ahead for the Baghdad government.
They said they hoped the U.S-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein and the combat mission that ends on August 31 were not in vain and that Iraq was on the right track to stability.
“I just don’t want to have been here for nothing. As I came over here I want it to be for something,” said Staff Sergeant Robert Vaught, a convoy commander from the 1st Battalion of the 116th Infantry regiment at an air base in southern Iraq.
16 Chile to dig escape shaft, prep miners for long haul
By Alonso Soto, Reuters
Tue Aug 24, 5:34 pm ET
|COPIAPO, Chile (Reuters) – Engineers prepared on Tuesday to install a big drill to rescue 33 miners trapped for 19 days deep in a Chilean mine, and will send down games to help them cope with a wait that could last until Christmas.
The rescue crews began sending hydration gel and medication through a narrow bore hole on Monday to keep the miners alive during the long rescue effort and set up an intercom.
To avoid hurting morale, officials have not yet told the miners how much longer they may be underground.
17 Rogue Afghan policeman kills three Spaniards
By Sharafuddin Sharafyar, Reuters
Wed Aug 25, 5:15 am ET
|HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Two Spanish police and an interpreter were killed when an Afghan policeman they were training turned on them before he was shot dead, officials said, as protests against the killing turned violent on Wednesday.
The incident appeared to be the latest in a string of recent attacks by “rogue” police and soldiers, underlining the pressure as NATO-led troops try to train Afghan forces rapidly to allow the handover of security responsibility to begin from mid-2011.
“The incident took place during a police training course and two Spanish policemen and an interpreter of Spanish nationality lost their lives,” said Spain’s Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba told Spanish radio.
18 Bad news on homes, goods adds to air of recession
By DANIEL WAGNER and ALAN ZIBEL, AP Business Writers
3 mins ago
|WASHINGTON – It’s starting to feel like another recession. Businesses are ordering fewer goods. Home sales are the slowest in decades. Jobs are scarce, and unemployment claims are rising. Perhaps most worrisome, manufacturing activity, which had been one of the economy’s few bright spots, is faltering.
“The odds of a double-dip are rising and uncomfortably high,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, referring to the possibility that the nation will tip back into recession. “Nothing else can go wrong. There is no cushion left.”
On Wednesday, the government offered the latest dose of grim news about the economic recovery: Companies cut back last month on their investments in equipment and machines. And Americans bought new homes at the weakest pace in nearly half a century.
19 Attacks in Iraq kill 56, raise fears of insurgents
By BARBARA SURK and HAMID AHMED, Associated Press Writers
17 mins ago
|BAGHDAD – Bombers and gunmen killed at least 56 Iraqis in more than two dozen attacks across the country Wednesday, mostly targeting security forces and rekindling memories of the days when insurgents ruled the streets.
The attacks made August the deadliest month for Iraqi policemen and soldiers in two years, and came a day after the U.S. declared the number of U.S. troops had fallen to fewer than 50,000, their lowest level since the war began in 2003.
Powerful blasts targeting security forces struck where they are supposed to be the safest, turning police stations into rubble and bringing down concrete walls erected to protect them from insurgents.
20 Alaska GOP Sen. Murkowski in jeopardy
By LIZ “Sprinkles” SIDOTI, AP National Political Writer
Wed Aug 25, 1:08 pm ET
|WASHINGTON – Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski fought to save her job Wednesday, locked in a stunningly tight Republican primary race against a political novice backed by Sarah Palin and tea party activists. The outlook was far brighter for another incumbent, Sen. John McCain, who won handily in Arizona.
With 98 percent of election day precincts counted, Murkowski trailed Joe Miller by 1,960 votes out of more than 91,000 counted. The race was too close to call, with as many as 16,000 absentee votes and an undetermined number of provisional or questioned ballots, remaining to be counted starting on Aug. 31.
Murkowski would be the seventh incumbent – and fourth Republican – to lose in a year in which the tea party has scored huge victories in GOP Senate primaries and voters have shown a willingness to punish Republicans and a handful of Democrats with ties to Washington and party leadership. Miller is a Gulf War veteran and self-described “constitutional conservative.”
21 Germany may prevent employer Facebook checks
By VERENA SCHMITT-ROSCHMANN, Associated Press Writer
1 hr 57 mins ago
|BERLIN – Ever thought twice about posting a party picture on Facebook, fearing it could someday hurt your chance at a dream job?
A draft German law is supposed to solve the problem by making it illegal for prospective employers to spy on applicants’ private postings.
The draft law on employee data security presented by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Wednesday is the government’s latest attempt to address privacy concerns about online services including social networks and Google “Street View”.
22 Interview: Woods’ ex-wife went ‘through hell’
2 hrs 47 mins ago
|WINDERMERE, Fla. – Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren said she has “been through hell” since her husband’s infidelity surfaced but she never hit him, according to an interview released Wednesday.
Nordegren told People magazine she and Woods tried for months to reconcile the relationship. In the end, a marriage “without trust and love” wasn’t good for anyone, she said.
On Thanksgiving night outside their Florida home, Woods drove his SUV over a fire hydrant and into a tree, setting off shocking revelations that sports’ biggest star had been cheating on his wife through multiple affairs. The couple officially divorced Monday.
23 Ochocinco tweets apology for in-game tweeting
By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer
18 mins ago
|CINCINNATI – Chad Ochocinco has apologized for his costly tweets.
The NFL fined the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver $25,000 on Tuesday for violating its restrictions on using social media sites before, during and after games. He’s the first player disciplined under the policy adopted one year ago.
He wouldn’t discuss the fine with reporters on Wednesday, but addressed it on his Twitter account, where he apologized to commissioner Roger Goodell.
24 NFL moving forward with 18-game season
By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer
25 mins ago
|ATLANTA – NFL owners have shown widespread support for going to an 18-game schedule but want to implement the change as part of a new labor agreement.
Commissioner Roger Goodell says owners see two more regular-season games – and two fewer preseason games – as the most logical way to enhance revenues in a difficult economic environment. He says it will be one of the main issues in talks on reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.
The current deal runs out after this season. Players are eager to see how much of the additional revenue they will receive with an expanded schedule, especially since it could increase the risk of injuries or health problems after they retire.
25 Henson donates original Kermit to Smithsonian
By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press Writer
58 mins ago
|WASHINGTON – The original Kermit the Frog, his body created with an old dull-green coat and his eyes made of pingpong balls, has returned home to the nation’s capital, where the puppet got his start.
The first Kermit creation from Jim Henson’s Muppet’s collection appeared in 1955 on the early TV show “Sam and Friends,” produced at Washington’s WRC-TV. Henson’s widow Jane Henson on Wednesday donated 10 characters from the show to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
She said the original characters provided five minutes of fun each night after the local news.
26 Chilean miners told to keep slim to squeeze out
By BRADLEY BROOKS, Associated Press Writer
1 hr 43 mins ago
|COPIAPO, Chile – Just 35 inches (90 centimeters) around the waist – that’s how skinny Chile’s 33 trapped miners have been told they need to be to squeeze through the escape tunnel, the health minister said Wednesday.
Dr. Jaime Manalich said rescuers are applying a holistic plan to support the miners’ well-being during the months it may take to carve out the tunnel, including exercise and other activities to keep them from gaining weight.
“We’re working to determine a secure area where the miners can manage things. The space they’re in actually has about two kilometers of galleries to walk around in,” he said. “We hope to define a secure area where they can establish various places – one for resting and sleeping, one for diversion, one for food, another for work.”
27 Obama appeals stem cell ruling; some work to stop
By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer
Wed Aug 25, 6:34 am ET
|WASHINGTON – Promising medical research is in disarray as scientists await an appeal by the Obama administration of a judge’s ruling that undercuts taxpayer-funded research using human embryonic stem cells.
The Justice Department said Tuesday it will appeal later this week a federal judge’s order temporarily halting such research money, a block that scientists and patient advocates said could irreparably set back the hunt for needed new treatments.
“The present ruling, if it stands, will be major blow to the hopes of many patients and their families,” said Dr. Peter Donovan, a stem cell researcher at the University of California, Irvine.
28 Gulf waste heads to landfills, some with problems
By GARANCE BURKE and JASON DEAREN, Associated Press Writers
Wed Aug 25, 6:34 am ET
|NEW ORLEANS – The cleanup of history’s worst peacetime oil spill is generating thousands of tons of oil-soaked debris that is ending up in local landfills, some of which were already dealing with environmental concerns.
The soft, absorbent boom that has played the biggest role in containing the spill alone would measure more than twice the length of California’s coastline, or about 2,000 miles. More than 50,000 tons of boom and oily debris have made their way to landfills or incinerators, federal officials told The Associated Press, representing about 7 percent of the daily volume going to nine area landfills.
A month after the oil stopped flowing into the Gulf, the emphasis has shifted toward cleanup and disposal of oily trash at government-approved landfills in coastal states.
29 Boehner sees ‘ongoing economic uncertainty’
By MEGHAN BARR, Associated Press Writer
Tue Aug 24, 8:36 pm ET
|CLEVELAND – House Republican leader John Boehner on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to support an extension of tax cuts and to fire key economic advisers, arguing that more than a year of “government as community organizer” has failed to revive the economy.
In a speech to the City Club of Cleveland, Boehner said Obama needs to act immediately on several fronts to break what the Republican describes as “ongoing economic uncertainty.” He said the president should work with the GOP to renew soon-to-expire tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush. Congress will tackle the issue when it returns next month.
The Ohio lawmaker also called on Obama to propose aggressive spending cuts and seek the resignations of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; the head of the National Economic Council, Larry Summers, and other members of his economic team.
30 China’s massive traffic jam could last for weeks
By ANITA CHANG, Associated Press Writer
Tue Aug 24, 8:37 pm ET
|BEIJING – China has just been declared the world’s second biggest economy, and now it has a monster traffic jam to match.
Triggered by road construction, the snarl-up began 10 days ago and was 100 kilometers (60 miles) long at one point. Reaching almost to the outskirts of Beijing, traffic still creeps along in fits and starts, and the crisis could last for another three weeks, authorities say.
It’s a metaphor for a nation that sometimes chokes on its own breakneck growth.
31 Inspectors confiscate Philadelphia cupcake truck
By PATRICK WALTERS, Associated Press Writer
26 mins ago
|PHILADELPHIA – A kerfuffle over cupcakes in the City of Brotherly Love has dessert lovers sour on Philadelphia’s confusing business regulations.
The Department of Licenses and Inspections seized a converted mail truck on Tuesday that’s used by a woman known as “the cupcake lady,” who roves the city selling 400-500 cupcakes a day.
The city says she did not have a proper permit to be running her small vending operation in the University City neighborhood, near the University of Pennsylvania. But the cupcake lady, Kate Carrara, a 35-year-old former lawyer, says the rules are just too confusing.
32 Marines pour resources into mental health care
By KEVIN MAURER and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press Writers
1 hr 18 mins ago
|CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – They have been in harm’s way for years in two countries, in a branch of the military where toughness and self-reliance have been especially prized for generations. Now the Marines are struggling against an enemy that has entrenched itself over nearly a decade of war: mental illness.
Marines stressed from repeated tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan are seeking help like never before, and their suicide rate is the highest in the military after doubling in just the past three years. Even with more mental-health professionals sent to bases to help, they have had trouble keeping up with demand.
There have been times when staff at Camp Lejeune’s base hospital faced a choice of either staying with a Marine through lengthy treatment or leaving a case midstream to be able to keep up with the deluge of new patients.
33 Oops! Error might have cost NJ an education grant
By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press Writer
1 hr 43 mins ago
|HADDONFIELD, N.J. – For anyone who’s ever entered the wrong number on a tax return and been denied a refund, or accidentally overtipped, here’s some consolation: A silly error on New Jersey’s application for the highly competitive Race to the Top education grants might have cost the state $400 million.
The federal government announced that nine states and the District of Columbia had won the coveted grants. New Jersey was the top runner-up.
A panel judged the lengthy applications on a 500-point scale. New Jersey finished just three points behind Ohio, which received the grant – and was only barely ahead of Arizona and Louisiana, which didn’t.
34 Vacationing Obama gets temp press secretary
By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
2 hrs 39 mins ago
|VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. – With his broad grin and aw-shucks approach, Bill Burton is a marked contrast with his boss, the always ready-for-battle White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
While Gibbs comes off as combative and hot, Burton is low-key and self-deprecating. He always seems ready to smile.
Describing how Obama was spending his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Burton joked Tuesday, “This will probably get me fired, but I know that Valerie (Jarrett, a senior presidential adviser) did not do so well in Scrabble against the president.”
35 Other isolated survivors tell what kept them alive
By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press
Wed Aug 25, 2:33 pm ET
|WASHINGTON – Astronaut Jerry Linenger and architect Eduardo Strauch know the remarkable quality that keeps the trapped Chilean miners going: the immense power of hope.
Linenger and Strauch are living proof of survival amid isolation. They say that power is in us all.
Thirteen years ago, Linenger was only a month into his four-month expedition on an aging Russian Mir space station when a near-deadly fire broke out. That was the beginning of harrowing experiences that included a near-crash and an oxygen system that kept breaking down. A return was months away. It was the space equivalent of what the miners may have to face.
36 Poll: Local schools up, Obama education plans down
By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press Writer
Wed Aug 25, 1:13 pm ET
|SEATTLE – A new Gallup Poll has found fewer Americans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing in support of public education, but they continue to have a highly favorable opinion of their local schools.
The drop in the president’s education approval ratings – as found in the random telephone poll of about 1,000 Americans in June – mirrored the drop in his general approval rating in other recent polls, said Shane Lopez, senior scientist in residence for Gallup.
The education poll released Wednesday was paid for by Phi Delta Kappa. It found 34 percent gave the president a grade of A or B for his work in support of public schools, compared with 45 percent at the same time in 2009. The poll has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points, except for questions asked of just parents, which have a sampling error margin of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
37 Volkswagen revamps Jetta for American tastes
By ANN M. JOB, For The Associated Press
Wed Aug 25, 11:49 am ET
|Remember the old saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”?
Officials at German automaker Volkswagen may be taking it to heart at long last.
Perhaps more than any previous VW Jetta, the redesigned-for-2011 five-passenger sedan is built for American tastes.
38 Eggs in the raw? Experts say give them a pass
By STEPHANIE REITZ, Associated Press Writer
Wed Aug 25, 9:44 am ET
|HARTFORD, Conn. – Experts have some simple advice when it comes to eating runny eggs these days: Run away.
With salmonella concerns triggering the recall of more than a half-billion eggs in more than a dozen states, warnings are becoming more dire every day against eating undercooked yolks and translucent egg whites.
But what’s a home cook to do, especially when hit by cravings for eggs Benedict, pasta carbonara, homemade Caesar dressing or other dishes that call for raw or only slightly cooked eggs?
39 Signs of a mixed recovery along hurricane highway
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer
Wed Aug 25, 9:10 am ET
|NEW ORLEANS – A mother of four feels trapped in the same New Orleans public housing complex from which she was rescued when flood waters ravaged the city. Ninety miles to the east on U.S. 90, an elderly couple in Biloxi, Miss., are resigned to life in a government-issued cottage surrounded by vacant lots where friends once resided.
Both households lie along the highway that runs the length of Hurricane Katrina’s fiercest front, and five years later, both have a hard time seeing very far up the road to recovery.
From the beaches of Mississippi to the funky neighborhoods of New Orleans, the imprint of the Aug. 29, 2005, storm has faded with each home that is rebuilt, every business that reopens and every tree newly planted by resilient residents and those who’ve come to help.