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Pain Spreads as Credit Vise Grows Tighter

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 12:43:45 GMT

A shopper browsing at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Texas. Harley-Davidson is now issuing bonds at slightly higher rates.Lenders have become even less willing to part with their money, further crimping budgets and family spending.




For Rivals, Finance Crisis Is Posing on-the-Fly Tests

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 11:44:12 GMT

Barack Obama on Thursday in Bernalillo, N.M. He and his rival, John McCain, are expected to discuss economic details soon.The presidential race has turned into an audition for who could best handle a national economic emergency.




Drug Label, Maimed Patient and Test for Court

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 12:39:18 GMT

Diana Levine lost part of an arm after being given a drug. A jury ordered Wyeth, a pharmaceutical company, to pay $6 million.At issue is whether plaintiffs have the right to sue when the products that hurt them had met federal standards.




After Impasse, New California Budget Agreement

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:20:47 GMT

California legislative leaders and the governor have come to an agreement on the state budget, which is now roughly three months late.




California Bans Texting by Operators of Trains

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:01:46 GMT

After investigators said an engineer in last week’s collision had been texting on the job, regulators temporarily banned the use of all cellular devices by anyone at the controls of a moving train.




Political Memo: Given G.O.P. Predicament, Rangel Opts to Ride Out the Storm

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:09:21 GMT

Representative Charles B. Rangel presiding on Thursday over a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee.Democrats believe that a long list of Republican lawmakers with legal troubles makes it impossible for Republicans to gain much ground on the issues of ethics and good government.




Panel Proposes Broad Changes in Federal Financial Aid for College

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:09:03 GMT

The recommendations included a simpler application, Pell grant maximums linked to the consumer price index and federally financed college savings accounts for children in low-income families.




Chicago Unveils Multifaceted Plan to Curb Emissions of Heat-Trapping Gases

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:18:44 GMT

The blueprint would change the city’s building codes to promote energy efficiency, and it calls for installing huge solar panels at municipal properties and building alternative fueling stations.




Vast Bailout by U.S. Proposed in Bid to Stem Financial Crisis

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 13:34:02 GMT

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi answered questions Thursday after Congressional leaders met with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, left, and the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke, right.Treasury and Fed officials were discussing with leaders in Congress a plan for the government to buy up distressed mortgages.




A Bid to Curb Profit Gambit as Banks Fall

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:53:00 GMT

Christopher Cox of S.E.C.A backlash against short sellers has begun, with regulators in the U.S. and Britain tightening rules and authorities in New York intensifying investigations.




Bush Emerges After Days of Financial Crisis

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:21:39 GMT

President Bush spoke about the economy at the White House on Thursday.The president spoke briefly on Thursday after remaining largely out of sight as Wall Street has become engulfed by a financial crisis.




The New McCain: More Aggressive and Scripted on the Campaign Trail

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:19:53 GMT

Senator John McCain at a rally on Thursday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with Gov. Sarah Palin.Senator John McCain’s once easygoing if irreverent campaign presence — endearing to crowds, though often resulting in gaffes — has been put out to pasture.




Alaska Star May Add Luster to Tarnished Senator

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:10:05 GMT

Gov. Sarah Palin, her husband, Todd, between them, joined Senator Ted Stevens in August at an appearance by President Bush.As Gov. Sarah Palin has moved to the national stage, Senator Ted Stevens, who goes on trial next week, has risen in some opinion polls in Alaska.




Husband of Alaska Governor Refuses to Testify in Legislature’s Trooper Inquiry

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:47:36 GMT

Todd Palin was one of 13 people subpoenaed in the inquiry into whether Gov. Sarah Palin or members of her administration abused their power in the dismissal of a top state administrator.




The Ad Campaign: Obama Attacks McCain in a Bid to Attract Hispanic Voters

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:23:26 GMT

A Spanish-language Obama ad misrepresents John McCain’s record on the immigration issue and his relationship with Rush Limbaugh.




Agency and Bush Are Sued Over Domestic Surveillance

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:28:04 GMT

A privacy group filed a class-action lawsuit on Thursday seeking to halt what it describes as illegal surveillance of Americans’ telephone and Internet traffic.




Power Still Not Restored to Many in the Midwest

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:09:44 GMT

Burcu Uzungol helped set tables Thursday near Gaido’s restaurant in Galveston, Tex., for a free lunch for emergency workers.Remnants of Hurricane Ike swept through the region on Sunday, bringing torrential downpours and strong winds.




Action Is Sought to Ensure Timely Financing for V.A.

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:37:16 GMT

As the veterans’ health system strains to handle a growing caseload, a move is under way in Congress to avoid yearly delays in financing that can hamper the medical care of the nation’s veterans.




Simpson Defense Alleges Police Glee in His Arrest

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:54:15 GMT

O. J. Simpson’s legal team began Thursday to mount a defense that will sound familiar to anyone who followed his 1995 murder trial.




National Briefing | Midwest: Minnesota: Rebuilt Bridge Opens

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:07:42 GMT

Flashing headlights and honking horns penetrated the early-morning sky as police officers and first responders led drivers in a slow procession across the new Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis.




National Briefing | South: Mississippi: Rearranging the Ballot

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:08:17 GMT

Gov. Haley Barbour agreed to move a special election for Trent Lott’s former Senate seat to near the top of the November ballot, ending a dispute that had threatened to delay the start of absentee voting.




National Briefing | Northwest: Alaska: Concession in House Race

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:08:46 GMT

Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell of Alaska conceded to Representative Don Young in the Republican primary for Alaska’s only House seat.




National Briefing | Immigration: Meat Plant Names Top Executive

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:09:26 GMT

Agriprocessors Inc., an embattled kosher meatpacker with a plant in Postville, Iowa, named a corporate lawyer from New York to be its chief executive, responding to an ultimatum from the leading kosher certifying organization.




National Briefing | Religion: Pittsburgh Bishop Is Ousted

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:09:48 GMT

An Episcopal bishop, whose diocese is moving toward splitting from the national church, was ousted from ministry.




National Briefing | Midwest: Illinois: 4 More Murder Charges

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 07:10:09 GMT

A man charged in the killings of four people who died during a June killing spree in Illinois and Missouri has been charged with murder in four more bludgeoning deaths.




Bread Stays on Menu for Carp at Pennsylvania Lake

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:11:38 GMT

Tourists watch carp fight over bread that had been tossed into the Pymatuning Lake spillway.Every year, an estimated 500,000 people trek to a lake to see a veritable carpet of carp, and the state has temporarily called off a plan to force people to stop feeding bread to the fish.