War protesters throw shoes at White House

WASHINGTON - Anti-war protesters were throwing shoes outside the gates of the White House on President George W. Bush's last day in office.

About 500 people marched to the White House and threw about 40 pairs of shoes at the gate while tourists looked on and took photos.

Supporters say they acted in solidarity with Muntadhar Al-Zeidi, the Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at Bush during a news conference in Baghdad in December.

The event was sponsored by several peace groups.

Plane's crew to media: Give us some room

WASHINGTON - Thc crew of the US Airways plane that landed in New York's Hudson River is asking the media to back off.

Flight 1549's captain, first officer and three flight attendants issued a joint statement on Monday saying they want the media to 'respect their desire to refrain from participating in interviews until further notices' while the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the accident.

The crew said they 'wish to offer their sincere thanks and appreciation for the overwhelming support, praise and well wishes they have received from the public around the world since the events of last Thursday.'

Two dead in 40-car pileup

MYERSVILLE, Md. - A pileup of 35 cars and five tractor-trailers on a snowy Maryland highway killed two people Monday and seriously injured at least a dozen, state police said.

Snow was at least partly to blame for the 12:30 p.m. crash on Interstate 70 near South Mountain in northwestern Maryland, said State Police spokeswoman Elena Russo. An inch-and-a-half of snow quickly fell around the same time as the pileup.

Salmonella confirmed in crackers

MILWAUKEE - Kellogg Co. said Monday federal authorities have confirmed that salmonella was found in a single package of its peanut butter crackers, as a Midwestern grocer and General Mills Corp. recalled some of its products because of the scare.

Kellogg had recalled 16 products last week because of the possibility of salmonella contamination.