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Lots of Americans seeing weather-related delays

UNDATED (AP) _ Are you there yet?

It's a question that can be put to (m) millions of Americans today -- and for a lot of them, it's taking longer than expected to get to their Thanksgiving destinations.

Illinois is getting clobbered by up to eight inches of snow in a storm that's causing delays at Chicago airports.

In Georgia, thunderstorms have slowed or stopped traffic. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had many flights delayed and a few diverted because of the severe weather.

Motorists using the Pennsylvania Turnpike are getting a break from tolls today. Collectors are on strike.

The Transportation Security Administration says new screening regulations don't seem to be slowing air travelers. At Reagan National Airport outside Washington, a security officer broadcast directions over a loudspeaker to people in line.


Republican wins recount in Washington state governor's race

SEATTLE (AP) _ Republican Dino Rossi has won the recount in the Washington governor's race, beating Democrat Christine Gregoire (GREG'-wahr) by a tiny fraction of the votes cast.

Democrats are expected to order another recount. But Republicans are calling on Gregoire to concede. A third count could take until Christmas week or longer.

The machine recount of two-point-eight (m) million ballots left Rossi just 42 votes ahead.

Rossi had also won the regular count with a 261-vote margin that was just a sliver of one percentage point, triggering an automatic recount.


Fifteen-year-old accused in high school knife attack

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) _ Authorities say a 15-year-old freshman managed to get a machete and a serrated knife into an Indiana high school today, before using them in an attack against fellow students.

The police chief in Valparaiso (val-puh-RAY'-zoh) says five students were cut, and three others complained of other injuries. The accused attacker was among the eight injured.

Authorities haven't said anything about a motive in the attack.

Students who were nearby say they saw a scuffle in the school hallway just as classes began. One witness says teachers tackled the suspect, and kicked at least one knife out of the way.

During the investigation that followed, uninjured students were locked in their classrooms for three-and-a-half hours, before being released early for Thanksgiving break.


Marines: Clearing Fallujah of insurgent weapons hindering civilian return

FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) _ Restoring peace and safety in Fallujah is proving to be a daunting task.

U-S Marine officers say the continuing discovery of large weapons stockpiles is delaying the return of the Iraqi city's 250-thousand civilian residents. Most of them left the city ahead of a U-S-led assault this month.

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Wilson said today the search involves some 50-thousand buildings in Fallujah -- each of them a potential weapons site. He said it would probably take several more weeks before most residents can return to their homes.

Marine Major Jim West added there enough weapons in Fallujah to "mount an insurgency across the country."

The weapons range from Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenades to artillery shells and heavy-caliber cannon.


Stock market closes with gains

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks ended the day higher in a relatively quiet trading session ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Dow industrials climbed 27 points, to ten-thousand-520. Gaining issues outnumbered decliners by nearly five to two on the New York Stock Exchange, where one-point-15 (b) billion shares changed hands.

The Nasdaq composite gained 18 points, to 21-hundred-two. And the S-and-P 500 was up nearly five points, at eleven-hundred-81.

The Dow struggled to stay in positive territory as oil prices resumed their climb in New York futures trading. But weekly unemployment claims fell to their lowest level in three months, which helped ease investor concerns about the strength of the economy.

Google generated enough excitement to keep the Nasdaq composite heading higher. Google shares gained more than four percent to nearly 175 dollars after Goldman Sachs set its target price at 215 dollars.

The financial markets are closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving, and the stock market is open for only a half day Friday.


Pippen wins multi million-dollar judgment from former financial adviser

CHICAGO (AP) _ A court victory for former N-B-A star Scottie Pippen.

Court papers show he's won an eleven-point-eight (m) million-dollar judgment against a financial adviser he accused of making questionable investments.

The Chicago Tribune reports Pippin lost more than eight and-half (m) million dollars in investments made by Robert Lunn and his Chicago-based firm. Court records also indicate Lunn could be liable for an additional five (m) million dollars.

No comment yet from Lunn.


Umbilical-cord blood works well in adults, as well as children

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Researchers are announcing what could be a major development in the treatment of leukemia.

Two studies have found that umbilical-cord blood could save thousands of adult leukemia patients unable to find bone marrow donors.

The blood is currently used to treat children with leukemia.

A European study determined that those receiving cord blood were just as likely to be free of leukemia two years later as those who were getting marrow transplants. Nearly similar results were found during a U-S study that measured the three-year survival rate.

The studies appear in the latest issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Doctor Mary Horowitz of the Medical College of Wisconsin -- the senior author of the U-S study -- says the emerging message is that umbilical cord blood can save adults.


Woman dies after being injected with powerful antiseptic

SEATTLE (AP) _ A Washington state woman has died after she was mistakenly injected with antiseptic after surgery instead of a harmless X-ray dye.

It caused widespread organ damage.

Mary McClinton of Everett had an operation November fourth at Virginia Mason Medical Center. She died yesterday.

At the end of her operation, the dye was supposed to be injected into a leg artery. Instead, the syringe was filled with a highly toxic solution that's used to clean the skin. Both are colorless. The syringe was filled from an unlabeled cup.

No word on whether the family will sue.


C-B-S says announcement of new anchor won't come right away

NEW YORK (AP) _ Don't expect an announcement right away on who'll succeed Dan Rather as anchor of the "C-B-S Evening News."

The network's chairman says there won't be any word on that until at least the beginning of next year.

Rather announced yesterday that his last day in the anchor chair will be March ninth -- exactly 24 years after he took that job.

C-B-S isn't saying just how it will go about choosing a replacement.

Two leading in-house candidates are John Roberts and Scott Pelley. Roberts has been the network's chief White House correspondent since 1999. Pelley held the White House beat before that.


Clemson researchers say coating makes clothing 'self-cleaning'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Coming sometime to closets everywhere: "self-cleaning" clothing.

Clemson University researchers say they have created a coating that can be integrated into virtually any fabric, allowing dirt to be released when water is applied. No detergent needed.

The patented coating allows clothing to be cleaned simply by spraying with water or wiping with a damp cloth. It reduces the number of cleanings required.

The coating method could be sold to textile companies to be integrated into fabrics.

How does it work? Researchers say the coating _ a polymer film mixed with tiny silver particles _ is infused into fabric. It creates a series of microscopic bumps that cause dirt and other substances to bounce off when water is applied.

The loose thread in all this? Researchers say it'll probably be five years before the coating hits the market.


Online casino pays 28 grand for 'religious icon' grilled cheese

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) _ The happy folks at the GoldenPalace online casino certainly believe.

Today, they forked over more than 28-thousand dollars for half a grilled cheese sandwich that's more than ten years old.

The seller claims it bears the image of the Virgin Mary. That's even with a bite missing. So, she put it up for bid on e-Bay.

More than one and a-half (m) million hits later -- sold!

The online casino will be putting it on display. First stop -- Las Vegas. After that comes the world tour.

Until now, the GoldenPalace was best known for its tattoos on the backs of boxers. But parent company C-E-O Steve Baker figures the sandwich was worth the price. He says at the bare minimum "we'd all get a laugh and a hoot about it."

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