Officials at the U.S. Energy Information Administration say that oil will average about $101 a barrel this year. But energy officials also expect that American drivers, truckers and airlines will use less fuel this year, taking pressure off of fuel prices.
A new consumer feedback Web site started by Starbucks at MyStarbucksIdea.com was flooded with comments a few hours after its launch. Customers offering advice on how the chain should revive its sales in the U.S. gave suggestions such as creating a punch-card system with a free drink after a certain number of purchases, giving a free cup of coffee on birthdays, and giving discounts for using your own mug.
American Airlines canceled over 1,000 of its flights today, about half of its domestic flights. “The inspections are not a safety issue but rather a matter of precise technical compliance, according to the airline,” reports ABC.
State child welfare officials are saying that a polygamist-run ranch in West Texas that was raided by police last week was rife with sexual abuse, according to documents released on Tuesday. Four hundred children from the sect were taken into state custody after an anonymous 16-year-old reported being beaten and raped.
For the third time, Boeing has delayed the 787 Dreamliner program; “The Dreamliner is now scheduled to fly sometime during the fourth quarter of this year rather than the end of the second quarter,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
Nanci Pelosi has said the Democrats will vote to delay discussion on the Colombia free trade agreement on Thursday. President Bush submitted the agreement to Congress yesterday, even though Pelosi urged him not to, because it is currently a controversial topic during the important election season.
Police in London are considering whether to investigate the former butler of Princess Diana. Paul Burrell may undergo investigation for alleged perjury, officials confirmed on Wednesday, after an unidentified person filed a complaint against him.
Archaeologists report that they have made a discovery at Stonehenge that could explain why the site was built. The researchers believe that sockets that once held bluestone--small stones that were part of the site’s original structure--were thought to have held healing properties by ancient people.
The UN prosecutor investigating the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri has requested more time for the inquiry. Daniel Bellemare on Tuesday asked the UN Security Council for six more months to confirm the identities of the perpetrators behind the suicide truck bombing in February 2005.
Deadly fighting continued in Baghdad as Iraq marked the fifth anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime on Wednesday. The capital is now under curfew and there has been a surge of violence in the Shiite bastion of Sadr City.
Nepalese authorities reported on Wednesday that one of the country’s candidates in its upcoming elections was shot and killed. Rishi Prasad Sharma, the communist candidate for the national assembly, was shot on Tuesday about 36 hours before the polls were to open, a government official told CNN.
Abu Obeida al-Masri, an Egyptian al-Qaeda chief, died from either hepatitis or a blood disease in 2007, USA Today writes. The terrorist leader was tied to attacks against Americans in Afghanistan, the 2006 plot to blow up planes traveling bewtween UK, the U.S. and Canada., and the London bombings in 2005.
France’s mission to provide medical aid to and potentially free FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt has failed as FARC will not give France access to her. “But while the [French] delegation remained grounded in Bogota, it became clear there had been no prior coordination with the hermetic rebels, still reeling from the March 1 killing of their public spokesman who had served as a contact with the rest of the world, including the French,” according to the International Herald Tribune.