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Border fence could be new president's problem

Posted: 09/10/2008 - President Bush wanted to finish building a Southwest border fence before he leaves office. But the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday that he cannot promise he'll meet the deadline.

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Crude edges lower

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Oil prices have slipped today, as investors weigh a strengthening dollar, reported declines in fuel inventories and OPEC's decision to trim excess production.

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Businessman who dated Anne Hathaway pleads guilty

Posted: 09/10/2008 - A smooth-talking Italian businessman who dated actress Anne Hathaway and claimed to have friends in high places at the Vatican has pleaded guilty in a Manhattan real estate fraud case.

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Former UnitedHealth CEO settles options lawsuit

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Former UnitedHealth Group Chief Executive William McGuire will pay $30 million and return more than 3 million shares of stock options to settle a class-action lawsuit.

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Movie line helps pair survive 15 hours in water

Posted: 09/10/2008 - The way Walter Marino sees it, Buzz Lightyear helped him and his 12-year-old autistic son, Christopher, survive more than 15 hours treading water in the Atlantic.

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Bank of America settles securities probe

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Bank of America says it will buy back about $4.5 billion of auction-rate securities as part of a settlement agreement with Massachusetts regulators.

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Teen arrested for 4 slayings in burned California home

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Authorities in Southern California say an 18-year-old man has been arrested for investigation of murder in the killings of a woman and three girls whose bodies were found in a burning house.

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Rangel admits mistakes, $5,000 bill to Uncle Sam

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Rep. Charles Rangel, a powerful lawmaker besieged by questions about his personal finances, has admitted he owes $5,000 to the IRS for mistakes on his taxes but says that shouldn't mean he has to give up his career.

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Depot to begin destroying nerve agent in October

Posted: 09/10/2008 - A Pentagon official says if all goes as planned, the Army by the end of the year will finish destroying three containers leaking nerve agent at a Richmond depot.

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NC beach town hopes feds will pay for road repair

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Officials in Ocean Isle Beach are waiting to see if Tropical Storm Hanna did enough damage to get federal help to repair 40 feet of road washed out by the storm.

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Icahn says he has $70-per-share offer for Imclone

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Biotechnology company ImClone Systems Inc. says it is considering a buyout offer worth $70 per share from an unidentified large pharmaceutical company, and rejected a $60-per-share bid from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

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Pentagon delays $35B Air Force tanker decision

Posted: 09/10/2008 - The Defense Department will wait until the next administration to award a disputed $35 billion contract to build a new fleet of aerial refueling tankers.

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Pentagon chief cites caution on US troop pullout

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says a go-slow approach to withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq is justified by several worrisome circumstances, including slow progress on the political front.

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Leaf water, family helped woman survive ravine

Posted: 09/10/2008 - Amber Pennell says drinking water that she squeezed from a leaf, and thoughts about her husband and two children, helped her survive five days trapped in a wrecked truck at the bottom of a ravine.

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NC man guilty in stabbing death over DVD

Posted: 09/10/2008 - A 21-year-old Wilmington man will serve between 20 and 25 years in prison after being found guilty of fatally stabbing a friend over a DVD.

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Study links oil prices to speculation

Posted: 09/10/2008 - An independent study of oil markets concludes that speculation by large investors was a primary reason for the surge in oil prices during the first half of the year and for the more recent price declines.

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