Palin makes at least $1.25M in book deal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reported Tuesday that she has received at least $1.25 million for her hugely anticipated upcoming book ""Going Rogue.'

A disclosure statement released Tuesday discusses Palin's finances from Jan. 1 to July 27, when she resigned as Alaska governor. Palin said she received $1.25 million from publisher HarperCollins for the book.

The document only provides a partial picture of the book deal because it doesn't cover the three months she has been out of office. Palin doesn't elaborate on her book compensation, describing the $1.25 million figure only as a ""retainer.'

It's likely she will be make more money when it's all said and done. ""Going Rogue' catapulted to No. 1 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com after HarperCollins announced in late September it had moved up the release date of 1.5 million copies.

Home prices rise in most major cities in August

NEW YORK - Home prices rose in August for the third straight month, a rapid pace of recovery that surprised economists and raised questions about how long the trend can last.

After a steep three-year descent, home prices rebounded this summer at an annualized pace of almost 7 percent, the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index showed Tuesday. Against a backdrop of rising unemployment and falling consumer confidence, the speed of the recovery stumped Robert Shiller, economist and co-creator of the index.

Four in Pagans Motorcycle Club case plead guilty

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Four men associated with the Pagans Motorcycle Club have agreed to testify against others charged in a 44-count federal racketeering indictment.

The four pleaded guilty Tuesday in Charleston. Plea deals require them to testify against co-defendants and, in two cases, reduced charges.

Entering pleas were 30-year-old Eric Lyttle, 54-year-old William Hankins Sr., 29-year-old Edward Parsons, and 55-year-old James Lyttle. They face sentences ranging from five years to life.

Police: Motorist drove with man in windshield

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A motorist driving past a fender-bender struck three men standing on the side of a highway and drove more than a mile with one of them lodged in his windshield, police said.

Christopher Swiridowsky, 30, of Providence, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident. On Monday, he was ordered to stay in jail for allegedly violating bail from another case.

Deputy marshal gets 4 years for information leak

CHICAGO - A federal deputy marshal was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for leaking information about the government's star witness at Chicago's biggest organized crime trial in decades.

John T. Ambrose, 42, was convicted in April of stealing government property and violating the secrecy of the Witness Security Program - the network of bodyguards and safehouses used to protect witnesses in mob and terrorism cases.

Gas prices up for 2 straight weeks

Consumers for the first time this year are paying more on average for a gallon of gasoline than they did 12 months ago, according to data released Tuesday.

There is a good chance that this week, retail gasoline will week surpass peak summer prices reached just over four months ago during the driving season when prices are usually at their highest.

NTSB probe: Tire puncture caused Texas bus crash

DALLAS - An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that a tire puncture caused a bus crash that killed 17 members of Houston's Vietnamese Catholic community last year.

The finding was adopted by the three-member board after hearing from investigators at a meeting in Washington on Tuesday.