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Aging levee poses threat to impoverished city

Posted: 06/22/2008 - When record flooding ravaged much of the Midwest in 1993, the earthen wall protecting one of the nation's poorest cities stood fast against the Mississippi River.

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Md. plantation attic holds 400 years of documents

Posted: 06/22/2008 - For four centuries, they were the ultimate pack rats. Now a Maryland family's massive collection of letters, maps and printed bills has surfaced in the attic of a former plantation, providing a firsthand account of life from the 1660s through World War II.

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NBC: Brokaw to host 'Meet the Press' through Nov.

Posted: 06/22/2008 - Veteran news anchor Tom Brokaw will moderate NBC's "Meet the Press" through the November election in the place of the late Tim Russert, the network announced Sunday.

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Relief in sight from California heat wave

Posted: 06/22/2008 - Californians exhausted by a nearly weeklong heat wave looked for relief Sunday from the triple-digit temperatures that have strained air conditioners and power companies.

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Calif. firefighters wrestle with hundreds of blazes

Posted: 06/22/2008 - Wildfires were scattered around Northern California on Sunday, many of them started by lightning, as crews farther south were close to containing a blaze that had forced thousands to evacuate.

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Stocks drop as credit woes continue, oil rises

Posted: 06/21/2008 - While investors have seen other triple-digit days in the past year since concerns about the economy began emerging, the Dow's first finish under 12,000 since mid-March could deal Wall Street a psychological blow.

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Venezuela puts nation first in mining

Posted: 06/21/2008 - Venezuela's environment minister said Saturday that the government will put national interests first in the mining sector and forbid mining in a forest reserve that is home to two of the country's largest gold concessions.

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Google launches new space race to the moon

Posted: 06/21/2008 - When Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, he uttered unforgettable words. But the next visitor to roam the lunar landscape may send back e-mail instead

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Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel

Posted: 06/21/2008 - Safety pins and screws are still lodged in 15-year-old Ami Ortiz's body three months after he opened a booby-trapped gift basket sent to his family. The explosion severed two toes, damaged his hearing and harmed a promising basketball career.

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Mugabe: Opposition lies about political violence

Posted: 06/21/2008 - President Robert Mugabe accused the opposition of falsely claiming that their supporters were being beaten up ahead of next week's presidential runoff, state-run media reported Saturday.

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Bombs kill 5 foreign troops in Afghanistan

Posted: 06/21/2008 - Roadside bombs killed five foreign troops and five government soldiers Saturday, part of a surge of violence that has made Afghanistan's battlefields deadlier for foreign forces than those in Iraq.

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Battle shapes up over future of US role in Iraq

Posted: 06/21/2008 - The decisive battle of the Iraq war is shaping up - not in the streets of Baghdad but in the halls of government where the future of America's role across the region is on the line.

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Zoos ask, what to do with an aged lemur?

Posted: 06/21/2008 - Even as a youngster, Rollie looked older and wiser than his years. His white mustache sprouted longer by the month, until it flamed from his cheeks like a German kaiser's. Sometimes, it all but hid his mouth.

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Gay couples across California trade weekend vows

Posted: 06/21/2008 - Same-sex couples across California exchanged vows and wedding bands on the first weekend since the state began allowing gays and lesbians to legally marry.

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Blistering heat wave continues in California

Posted: 06/21/2008 - A blistering heat wave blanketing much of the California coast over the past week showed no signs of letting up Saturday as temperatures headed back toward triple digits.

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