Obama promotes clean energy
LAS VEGAS - President Barack Obama hailed renewable energy as economical, efficient and a job-creator as he marked the first 100 days of his economic stimulus plan.
In a Western trip devoted mainly to raising political money, Obama said Wednesday that the $787 billion stimulus is paying dividends nationwide. He also announced more spending for renewable energy after touring a large field of solar panels at Nellis Air Force Base, near Las Vegas. The sun-powered cells provide a quarter of the base's power needs, Obama said, speaking in a large hangar warmed by the desert heat.
""That's the equivalent of powering about 13,200 homes during the day,' he said, and it will save the Air Force nearly $1 million a year.
Police seek Pa. mom, girl after abduction calls
PHILADELPHIA - Police and the FBI searched Wednesday for a 9-year-old girl and her mother, who called 911 on a cell phone to say she had been stuffed into the trunk of a car and abducted with the girl by two men after a daytime fender-bender near Philadelphia.
Bonnie Sweeten, 38, of Feasterville, made at least two 911 calls Tuesday afternoon from her cell phone, saying she was locked in a car trunk, Philadelphia police said.
Sweeten implied that her daughter was with her, but the girl is not heard on the tapes, Lt. Frank Vanore said.
Former speaker indicted on perjury charges
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A grand jury has charged former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom with perjury in an indictment related to $6 million Sansom steered to Northwest Florida State College for an aircraft hangar.
Also being indicted is Sansom's friend and political supporter Jay Odom, who is charged with official misconduct.
Odom had sought and failed to get government money for the hangar. Sansom later stuck an appropriation in the 2007-08 state budget for the project.
Sansom's lawyer, Stephen Dobson, said a jury will hear more evidence than the grand jury did and predicts his client will be cleared.
Odom didn't return a message left at his office.
Sansom stepped down as speaker in January, a little more than two months after taking the office.
Disney, woman injured by tram reach settlement
LOS ANGELES - A Chinese woman who fell out of a moving Disneyland tram and suffered injuries that left her needing 24-hour medical supervision for the rest of her life has reached a settlement in a lawsuit she filed against the Walt Disney Co.
Lawyers for Qi Zhao and Disney reached the agreement Tuesday, bringing a two-week trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court to an abrupt end.
Details of the accord were not released.
Zhao, 48, filed her suit in 2007, alleging the tram driver was going too fast. She was riding the tram with two sisters and a niece. According to the complaint, one of the sisters fell from the tram as it moved toward a parking lot.
Man pleads not guilty to killing Chandra Levy
WASHINGTON - A man serving a prison sentence for attacking women in a Washington park pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing federal intern Chandra Levy.
Twenty-seven-year-old Ingmar Guandique was arraigned in District of Columbia Superior Court on six counts, including first-degree murder, kidnapping and attempted sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Judge Geoffrey Alprin set a two-week jury trial for Jan. 27.
7-year-old drives for help after crash in NM
CLOVIS, N.M. - A 7-year-old girl survived a crash that killed her father and drove the family's damaged vehicle to get help, police said.
State police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said 40-year-old Guillermo Montes of Bovina, Texas, was thrown out of the vehicle Saturday night when it went off a highway and rolled over, coming to rest in a field in Curry County.
Glascock said little Elizabeth Kazza realized her father was dead and drove for about three miles until a passing motorist spotted her.
"(It took) a lot of courage. ... It's remarkable anybody could drive after something like that,' Glascock said.
- From wire reports