14 tons of spilled Oreo cookies snarl Ill. traffic

MORRIS, Ill. (AP) Got milk? Police say a trailer loaded with 14 tons of double-stuffed Oreos has overturned, spilling the cookies still in their plastic sleeves into the median and roadway. Illinois State Police Sgt. Brian Mahoney says the truck’s driver was traveling from Chicago to Moms on Interstate 80 around 4 a.m. Monday when he fell asleep at the […]

Cancer victim spends time crocheting gifts for family and friends who are ill

Charlotte Scott has enjoyed crocheting hats, baby blankets and sweaters for family and friends. She often made hats for strangers as well-delivering her creations to grateful residents of area nursing homes from her former home of Sebastian. But last year, after being diagnosed with cancer, she moved to Schertz to live with her daughter. Soon after, she was told there […]

No costume jewelry for Southlake Carroll’s prom queen

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (AP) – The prom queen in this affluent, one-high school town receives much more than special memories to mark her crowning moment. She also gets a handcrafted sterling silver tiara studded with freshwater rose pearls and Swarovski crystals. The Southlake Carroll Senior High School prom queen was scheduled to be awarded the tiara, worth $695, on Saturday night. […]

Congress passes farm bill, defying Bush

WASHINGTON (AP) Congress sent the White House a huge election-year farm bill Thursday that includes a boost in farm subsidies and more money for food stamps amid rising grocery prices. Bush has threatened to veto the $290 billion bill, saying it is fiscally irresponsible and too generous to wealthy corporate farmers in a time of record crop prices. But Congress […]

Landowners hope to block Pickens’ energy projects

CHILDRESS, Texas (AP) – Nearly all of the some 175 landowners raised their hands during a meeting here Friday when a West Texas lawmaker asked how many wanted legislators to oppose billionaire T. Boone Pickens’ efforts to obtain rights of way for water pipeline and electricity transmission lines. Duncan and state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, arranged the meeting after a […]

Republicans abandon Bush on food, energy issues, as farm bill passes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress responded speedily to voters’ angst over rising grocery prices and $4-a-gallon gasoline Thursday, bucking President Bush’s veto threats with lopsided votes to boost food stamps and farm subsidies – after ordering Bush to quit pouring oil into the nation’s emergency reserves. Republicans, worried about steep losses in the fall elections, abandoned Bush on the votes. “If […]

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Do this in Remembrance of Them

Memorial Day is a special day that gives an opportunity to remember our fallen heroes -men and women, who gave their lives that we could be free today. From the Revolutionary war to the present, we need to remember those who have given their lives for freedom. I remember reading of a medic who was working on a dying soldier […]

7 Mexican tourists kidnapped on main highway to Acapulco

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) – Police say gunmen kidnapped seven Mexican tourists in a rare attack on a heavily-patrolled, four-lane highway leading into the Pacific coast resort town of Acapulco. Police in Mexico’s southern Guerrero state say the seven men were kidnapped Saturday about 60 miles north of Acapulco. One man escaped and told po- lice that gunmen had stopped his […]

Men dressed as federal police free six drug hit men from Mexican jail

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) – A group of men posing as federal police agents helped six alleged drug-trafficking hit men escape from a Mexican prison Friday. Veracruz state prison director Zeferino Tejeda said prison officials told authorities that a group of men dressed as federal police and carrying official documents walked into the prison and said they had orders to move […]

Canadian tourist shot, killed in Mexican resort-city hotel

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) – Police say a Canadian tourist has been shot and killed inside his hotel room in the Mexican resort city of Cabo San Lucas. State police commander Enrique Wuilar says a lone gunman shot Canadian Bouabal Bounthavorn in his hotel room late Thursday. Wuilar says the 29-year-old man was shot three times in the head. […]