March 17, 2007 |
Consumers paid more for energy, food and a host of other items in February as a sluggish economy failed to extinguish inflation pressures. But in a hopeful sign for growth, factory output posted a better-than-expected increase. The Labor Department reported Friday that the consumer price index rose 0.4% last month, double the January increase, as energy prices shot up and adverse winter weather in Florida and California sent citrus prices soaring. The increase was larger than the 0.
January 9, 1988 |
Fears of a freeze in the Florida citrus region sparked a buying binge that sent orange juice futures soaring the limit for daily trading Friday on the Cotton Exchange in New York. On other markets, pork futures advanced while cattle futures retreated; precious metals were higher; grains and soybeans were mixed, and energy futures were lower.
January 18, 1986 |
Hoping to salvage a vital scientific mission in March, NASA on Friday passed up a landing opportunity in California on the outside chance of landing the space shuttle Columbia in Florida this morning. At stake is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's most important effort to study Halley's comet. Columbia is scheduled to blast off March 6 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the first of several planned flights of an ultraviolet observatory called Astro.
August 14, 2001 |
Nursery operator Hines Horticulture Inc., struggling with debts accumulated during a two-year buying spree, said Monday it may sell its Sun Gro peat moss unit, which accounts for nearly 30% of the company's sales. The Irvine company said it has hired investment banker Credit Suisse First Boston to explore a possible sale and other options for the unit, the company's poorest performer as well as the most distant from its core business.
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June 20, 2002 |
Facing possible bad weather in Florida, the space shuttle Endeavour instead touched down safely Wednesday at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. "This is not the place we intended to land, but this is a great day here, and we brought back a good vehicle," Endeavour Cmdr. Ken Cockrell said about landing at Edwards, the primary alternate landing spot for space shuttles. "Everything is going well and we'll now go through the effort of getting Endeavour back to Florida."
January 1, 1988 |
Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden's football team lost to Miami by one point, and he blamed himself, and he tossed and turned and said, several weeks later, "I don't think I slept straight through on any night for a month, thinking about that game." Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne's team lost to Oklahoma by 10 points, and he wondered if it was his fault, and with no more chance at the national championship, he said, "I didn't think I was going to live."
April 13, 1991 |
The freeze that marched through California's agricultural heartland in December is taking a heavy toll on the state's grocery shoppers, more than doubling the price for a range of fruits and vegetables and driving consumers away. A four-pound bag of Valencia oranges, normally around 89 cents, is now $2.49. A pound of large tomatoes that generally costs 98 cents now sells for up to $1.89. Cold weather destroyed early broccoli plantings, pushing the vegetable's price from 69 cents a pound to $1.
June 3, 2001 |
Jeff Leise's single in the 10th inning drove in the go-ahead run as Nebraska defeated Rice, 9-6, Saturday at Lincoln, Neb., earning the Cornhuskers their first trip to the College World Series. The College World Series has been played in Omaha since 1950, but the Cornhuskers (50-14) will be making the 50-mile trip for the first time. Nebraska, which rallied in its last at-bat to beat Rutgers in last week's regionals, improved to 5-0 in the tournament. "It's just amazing.
October 6, 1997 |
After limping along its cosmic trails on half-power for more than three months, Russia's space station could soon be restored to full working order. A cargo capsule blasted off for Mir on Sunday, and officials ordered an Oct. 20 spacewalk to make repairs. The unmanned Progress supply ferry that rocketed out of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Central Asia will deliver the last of the tools and materials needed to fix the damage inflicted on Mir's Spektr research module during a June 25 accident.