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Obama says automakers need 'drastic changes'

Updated: 03/27/2009 - President Barack Obama plans to announce a new aid package for General Motors and Chrysler in the coming days and says the carmakers must make "pretty drastic changes" to save their industry.

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Flood-Weary Red River Valley has Survival Tricks

Updated: 03/27/2009 - During the last big Red River Valley flood in 1997, a water pump next to the levee that protects Fargo's Shriners Center from the river froze up and failed. Employees noticed the rising water just inches before it spilled into the basement and scrambled to pump it out.

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Miami Sex Offenders Still Living Under Bridge

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A sandy shoreline runs outside Patrick Wiese's front door. A white crane toes through gentle blue-green waters as the sun beams overhead. The view of downtown is spectacular, the fishing good and the rent free.

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Financial overhaul plan draws GOP opposition

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The Obama administration's aggressive plan for strict scrutiny of hedge funds and other freewheeling investors, part of the biggest expansion of financial restraints since the Great Depression, is drawing instant opposition from Republican lawmakers and the rules' targets. And skeptics are questioning whether the new rulebook would work anyway.

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Key Senate panel backs Obama's budget blueprint

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A key Senate panel stacked with allies of President Barack Obama approved his ambitious budget blueprint Thursday, giving the president a symbolic endorsement of efforts to boost clean energy, fight global warming and improve access to health care.

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Man puts finger in gas tank, gets stuck for hours

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A Michigan man has learned not to stick his fingers in certain places. Victor Harris, of Saginaw, Michigan, was pouring a fuel additive into his Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle Thursday when a piece of paper fell into the gas tank. Harris tried to fish the paper out, but his index finger became stuck in the gas tank.

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Experimental vaccine used in Ebola exposure case

Updated: 03/27/2009 - It was a nightmare scenario: A scientist accidentally pricked her finger with a needle used to inject the deadly Ebola virus into lab mice. Within hours, members of a tightly bound, yet far-flung community of virologists, biologists and others were tensely gathered in a trans-Atlantic telephone conference trying to map out a way to save her life.

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Man Puts Finger in Gas Tank, Gets Stuck For Hours

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A Michigan man has learned not to stick his fingers in certain places. Victor Harris, of Saginaw, Michigan, was pouring a fuel additive into his Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle Thursday when a piece of paper fell into the gas tank. Harris tried to fish the paper out, but his index finger became stuck in the gas tank.

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Lights out in 84 countries for Earth Hour 2009

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The lights are going down from the Great Pyramids to the Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower to Sears Tower, as more than 2,800 municipalities in 84 countries plan Saturday to mark the second worldwide Earth Hour.

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Ad Watchdog: Cablevision Internet Not 'Fastest'

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Cablevision Systems Corp. should stop saying its Internet service is "the fastest around," the advertising industry's self-regulatory body said Thursday, in response to complaints from competitor Verizon Communications Inc.

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Report: Improper anchoring caused boat accident

Updated: 03/27/2009 - An agency investigating a deadly boating accident involving two NFL players and their friends in the Gulf of Mexico has concluded it was caused when the vessel was improperly anchored and the boat capsized after one of them tried to throttle forward to pry loose the anchor.

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Blizzard conditions close roads in Southern Plains

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A major spring blizzard plodding eastward over the Southern Plains shut down major highways and paralyzed the region as residents braced Friday for up to a foot of snow, freezing 45-mph winds and massive snowdrifts.

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Miami sex offenders still living under bridge

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A sandy shoreline runs outside Patrick Wiese's front door. A white crane toes through gentle blue-green waters as the sun beams overhead. The view of downtown is spectacular, the fishing good and the rent free.

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Energy prices tumble to end the week

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Crude prices fell sharply to end the week and natural gas tumbled to seven-year lows due to a severe drop off in energy spending by industrial customers.

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White House says CEO meeting was productive

Updated: 03/27/2009 - President Barack Obama on Friday urged CEOs of some of the nation's biggest banks to deal with bad assets that have made it difficult for them to lend money to businesses and consumers.

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Former Oklahoma auditor, wife report to prison

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Oklahoma's former state auditor and his wife turned themselves in at federal prison sites in Texas and Tennessee on Friday to begin serving sentences in a bribery case.

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Man arrested in toll booth slingshot attacks

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The Washington State Patrol said a 50-year-old Gig Harbor man accused of using a slingshot to hit Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll booth windows has been arrested. Trooper Brandy Kessler said Wednesday that the man was arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of second-degree assault, second-degree malicious mischief and reckless endangerment.

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Woman accused of using stroller to shoplift

Updated: 03/27/2009 - Police say a Massachusetts woman has been accused of shoplifting in Salem, N.H., and that she hid merchandise in stroller being pushed by her 3-year-daughter. Police said Macy's employees reported Wednesday that a woman was shoplifting at the store.

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Phoenix's Serial Shooter gets 6 death sentences

Updated: 03/27/2009 - The main suspect in the Phoenix Serial Shooter attacks was sentenced to death Friday for six murders that put the city on edge for nearly two years. Dale Hausner was convicted earlier this month of killing six people and attacking 19 others in random nighttime shootings in 2005 and 2006.

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Gordo the skateboarding parrot stolen

Updated: 03/27/2009 - A birdnapper snatched Gordo the skateboarding parrot. The 30-year-old green Guatemalan parrot, a popular attraction for a decade in the San Gabriel Valley community of Baldwin Park, was taken from his front porch cage Wednesday morning.

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