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Review: `Dark Knight' nearly lives up to the hype

Posted: 07/12/2008 - It's difficult to separate the movie from its mystique. Even under ordinary circumstances, "The Dark Knight" would have been one of the most hotly awaited movies of the summer blockbuster season. The loss of Heath Ledger to an accidental prescription-drug overdose in January has amplified the buzz around the film - and his crazed performance as the Joker - to extraordinary levels.

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Hospital error blamed for more infant overdoses

Posted: 07/12/2008 - CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- The case of 14 babies who received accidental overdoses while in intensive care has raised new questions about how a common blood-thinning medication could be given to infants repeatedly in the wrong dosage.

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Study: As gas prices go up, auto deaths drop

Posted: 07/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- High gas prices could turn out to be a lifesaver for some drivers. The authors of a new study say gas prices are causing driving declines that could result in a third fewer auto deaths annually, with the most dramatic drop likely to be among teen drivers.

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Bermuda issues tropical storm warning

Posted: 07/12/2008 - HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) -- Bermuda is preparing for heavy rains and wind this weekend as Hurricane Bertha sputtered across the Atlantic.

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Pakistan says US not hunting bin Laden on its turf

Posted: 07/12/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Pakistan's top diplomat says there are no U.S. or other foreign military personnel on the hunt for Osama bin Laden in his nation, and none will be allowed in to search for the al-Qaida leader.

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Lightning claims 5 young lives in a week

Posted: 07/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five young lives have been ended by lightning in less than a week, a deadly reminder of one of summer's leading hazards.

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Pope expresses worry about climate change

Posted: 07/12/2008 - ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday he wants to wake up consciences on climate change during his pilgrimage in Australia.

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Pastor among suspects in illegal snake bust

Posted: 07/12/2008 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The pastor of a Kentucky church that handles snakes in religious rites was among 10 people arrested by wildlife officers in a crackdown on the venomous snake trade.

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Wichita manager suspended over tirade with ump

Posted: 07/12/2008 - Sensing his team needed a kick in the pants, Wichita Wingnuts manager Kash Beauchamp set out to get ejected on purpose. He even told his pitching coach to get ready.

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President Clinton warns of growing polarization

Posted: 07/12/2008 - PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton warned Saturday that the country is becoming increasingly polarized despite the historic nature of the Democratic primary.

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Thrilling swing over Soweto

Posted: 07/12/2008 - SOWETO, South Africa (AP) -- Thrill-seekers get a unique vantage point on Soweto from two 300-foot-high cooling towers - especially when they swing by a rope suspended far above the ground.

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Border fence concerns Rio Grande defenders

Posted: 07/12/2008 - MISSION, Texas (AP) -- The federal government's border fence plans in South Texas have been attacked by property owners, wildlife advocates and land conservationists. The next wave of opponents could come from the water - and they're carrying paddles.

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Analysis: Obama revels in contrasts with McCain

Posted: 07/12/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Barack Obama has found something that eluded him during the primary season - contrast. And, he's basking in it. "He will not bring change," Obama always asserts, rightly or wrongly, of rival Republican John McCain. "I will."

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Crews 'turn the corner' against 1 Calif. wildfire

Posted: 07/12/2008 - PARADISE, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters "turned the corner" Saturday on a wildfire that destroyed part of a town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, one of the hundreds of blazes that continue to char huge swaths of California.

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Packers GM, coach say no to Favre's release

Posted: 07/12/2008 - The Green Bay Packers' general manager and coach don't plan to grant Brett Favre's request for his release. If he does rejoin the team, they told The Associated Press, it won't be as the starting quarterback.

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Pioneering heart doctor Michael DeBakey dead at 99

Posted: 07/12/2008 - HOUSTON (AP) -- Dr. Michael DeBakey, the world-famous cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered such now-common procedures as bypass surgery and invented a host of devices to help heart patients, has died. He was 99.

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US judge blocks gas drilling in Michigan forest

Posted: 07/12/2008 - TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A federal judge has overturned a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow oil and gas drilling near a forest and a river in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

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Tanker explosion shuts down Mass. highway

Posted: 07/12/2008 - NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) -- A tanker truck hauling gasoline has rolled over and exploded on a highway in Needham, Mass., setting off a fire visible 10 miles away in Boston.

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Overseas crews coming to battle Calif. wildfires

Posted: 07/12/2008 - PARADISE, Calif. (AP) -- As hundreds of blazes continue to char California, additional National Guard troops and overseas crews are being called in to assist exhausted firefighters, and President Bush has scheduled a visit to the state.

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Brett Favre wants release from Packers

Posted: 07/12/2008 - The Green Bay Packers want to do the right thing in response to Brett Favre's latest round of flip-flopping on his future in football.

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Bernie Mac makes off-color joke at Obama event

Posted: 07/12/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Comedian Bernie Mac endured some heckling and a campaign rebuke during a surprise appearance Friday night at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

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