Boss of Utah mine: 'I didn't desert anybody'
' HUNTINGTON, Utah - Coal mine boss Bob Murray said Wednesday he is hurt by critics who say he ran an unsafe mine and wasn't doing enough to find six missing miners trapped deep underground. He also said he emotionally 'came apart' after a second cave-in killed three rescuers.
'I didn't desert anybody,' Murray told The Associated Press in the middle-of-the-night phone call. 'I've been living on this mountain every day, living in a little trailer.'
Later Wednesday, he told the AP that the fifth narrow hole being drilled in the side of the mountain to try to locate the miners had broken through.
6 U.S. states plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
' PHOENIX - Six Western states and two Canadian provinces announced a regional goal Wednesday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
The Western Climate Initiative includes Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington and the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba. The group wants emissions cut by 15 percent over 2005 levels within 13 years.
Bush offers fresh endorsement of Iraqi PM al-Maliki
' KANSAS CITY, Mo. - President Bush, scrambling to show he has not abandoned Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, offered a fresh endorsement on Wednesday.
'Prime Minister Maliki's a good guy, good man with a difficult job and I support him,' Bush said in a speech to military veterans.
'And it's not up to the politicians in Washington, D.C., to say whether he will remain in his position,' Bush said. 'It is up to the Iraqi people who now live in a democracy and not a dictatorship.'
Vermont town to drop ban on public nudity
' BRATTLEBORO, Vt. - Vermont's clothing-optional capital is stripping off its temporary ban on public nudity.
A month after passing the temporary ban, the Brattleboro Selectboard voted 3-2 on Tuesday to reject a proposed ordinance that would have made it permanent. When the emergency temporary ordinance expires next month, public nudity will no longer be illegal.
'We in this country are going down a slippery slope these days,' said Dora Bouboulis, noting a national newspaper recently published an article about the emergency ordinance under the headline 'Tolerant town gets intolerant.'