Palin's PAC collected $2.1 million in 2009
Sarah PAC, the political action committee of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, collected $1.4 million over the final six months of 2009, a solid — if not spectacular — total that demonstrates her fundraising capacity as she mulls a bid for national office in 2012.
"We are thrilled," said Palin senior adviser Meg Stapleton about the fundraising total. "Common-sense Americans know the direction we need to take this country and that Sarah Palin will be instrumental in taking us there this year."
For the year, Palin raised roughly $2.1 million through Sarah PAC and ended the year with $900,000 in the bank. She donated $64,600 to candidates and party committees.
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Car recyclers get more time to crush clunkers
SEATTLE — The federal government has extended the number of days that car recyclers have to crush vehicles they received under the popular "Cash for Clunkers" program over the summer.
Initially, they were required to crush or shred clunkers within 180 days of receiving them or face a $15,000-per-car fine.
The National Highway and Safety Administration has extended the crush deadline by 90 days, to 270 days altogether, as part of the program officially called the Car Allowance Rebate System.
With the extra three months' leeway, recyclers have more time to sell radiators, tires, batteries and other parts before crushing the cars and selling them for scrap metal.
The extension could mean more money for recyclers, and more deals for consumers who pay far less for parts at wrecking yards than for new car parts.
Grandmother accused of drugging toddler
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. —A Missouri woman is accused of drugging her 1-year-old granddaughter, hoping that the child's divorcing parents would get back together if they had a sick child.
Jefferson City police allege in a probable cause statement that 41-year-old Terri Chilton fed her granddaughter blood thinner on Jan. 12, causing the girl to bleed uncontrollably from her mouth, nose and two minor scratches. The girl survived, but it's not yet known if she has long-term organ damage.
Chilton is charged with one count of first-degree child endangerment.
Gandhi ashes scattered off S. Africa coast
DURBAN, South Africa — Six decades after his death, some of Mohandas K. Gandhi's ashes have been scattered off the coast of South Africa, where he was confronted by racial discrimination and developed some of his philosophies of peaceful resistance.
An early morning service Saturday in a harbor in the eastern city of Durban on the 62nd anniversary of Gandhi's death included the laying of flowers and candles on the water's surface.
Gandhi, known as the Mahatma or "great soul," was shot and killed by a Hindu hard-liner in 1948 in New Delhi. His ashes were divided, stored in steel urns and sent across India and beyond for memorial services. It was not unusual for some of the ashes to have been preserved instead of scattered as intended.