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Published: Monday, 8/6/2007

First attempt to reach trapped Utah miners fails

(Updated at 10:45 p.m.) HUNTINGTON, Utah Hundreds of rescuers struggled with falling rock and debris Monday in a desperate race to reach six coal miners trapped 1,500 feet below ground by a cave-in so powerful authorities initially thought it was an earthquake. As the rescue stretched into the night, workers were unable to make significant progress and the initial effort was declared a failure. A mine executive said the miners could have enough air and water to last several days. The mine is in central Utah, about 140 miles south of Salt Lake City.


(Posted at 4:49 p.m.) COLUMBUS Frankie Coleman, the wife of Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman, has been charged with two misdemeanors for failing to work the hours for which she was paid as a state employee and then lying to investigators. She faces potential jail time of 180 days and up to a $1,000 fine on each first-degree misdemeanor charge of attempted theft and falsification. She is expected to answer to the charges Tuesday in Franklin County Municipal Court.

(Posted at 3:15 p.m.) CAMP DAVID, Md. President Bush said Monday that with the right intelligence U.S. and Pakistan governments can take out al-Qaeda leaders. Bush was at the presidential retreat for two days of meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The two held talks on a rash of crises confronting Afghanistan: civilian killings, a booming drug trade and the brazen resurgence of the Taliban.


(Posted at 6:02 a.m.) DETROIT Chrysler's new private owners say they have picked former Home Depot boss Bob Nardelli to head the No. 3 U.S. automaker in its effort to return to financial health. The board of the reorganized Chrysler LLC elected Nardelli as chairman and chief executive, the company said in a news release Sunday night. Nardelli, who became chief executive of The Home Depot Inc. in 2000, resigned abruptly in January after criticism over his pay and the company's slumping share price.

(Posted at 7:02 a.m.) BAGHDAD A suicide bomber slammed his truck into a densely populated residential area in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar on Monday, killing at least 28 people, including 19 children, local authorities said. The attack occurred in a crowded Shiite neighborhood of the religiously mixed city, 260 miles northwest of Baghdad.



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