Archive for January, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rang in the new year still saddled with $5.9 million in debts left over from her unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, according to records filed Saturday with the Federal Election Commission.
Declaring that Kentucky is in the middle of its "biggest natural disaster ever," the governor sent National Guard troops door-to-door Saturday to assist people in need three days after an ice storm brought down power lines. Nearly half a million customers -- including at least six shelters -- are without electricity.
A group celebrating a birthday shot off fireworks at their table and set fire to a bar in China's Fujian province, leading to the deaths of 15 people, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The Senate Finance committee will meet Monday to review the tax records of former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Obama's nominee for secretary of health and human services who, according to sources, didn't pay taxes on a car and driver he had been loaned.
At least seven people were killed and another 18 were missing early Sunday after a nursing home caught fire in northwestern Russia, state media reported.
The head of the opposition to Madagascar's government took to the streets Saturday, declaring himself the nation's leader after a week of violence and looting that killed at least 83 people and wounded more than 300.
Voting in Iraq began early Saturday in the war-ravaged country's important provincial elections amid heightened security measures. Many observers believe the provincial vote will be a gauge of the country's direction politically and a guide to how the parliamentary elections will turn out later this year.
Four more fires were deliberately set early Saturday in an area of eastern Pennsylvania plagued by arsons, authorities said.
George Obama, the half brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, has been arrested by Kenyan police on charges of marijuana possession and resisting arrest, police said today. "They took me from my home," he said from jail. "I don't know why they are charging me."
A tour bus overturned Friday afternoon on U.S. Route 93 near Hoover Dam, killing at least six people and injuring at least 16 others, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman said. Initial reports from the scene indicated the bus was carrying international tourists and that emergency workers had problems communicating with victims.