Heating bills to increase
The government forecast Tuesday that most households will pay more for heat this winter. Heating oil users will catch a slight break, but prices for natural gas, electricity and propane should be higher, the primary reason that more than 90 percent of U.S. homes will incur higher heating expenses. Natural gas users' heating bills should rise to an average of $679, the Energy Department said. That is about 13 percent higher than a year ago. Homes relying on electricity for heat, about 38 percent of the United States, will likely pay about 2 percent more compared with last year. For heating oil customers, their average bill should drop 2 percent. But they'll still pay an average of $2,046 for the season. Just over half of U.S. households use natural gas for heating.
Leader's surgery a success
Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, underwent a successful surgery Tuesday morning in which doctors removed blood that collected in the tissue outside her brain, a government spokesman said. "The operation has been satisfactory; it went very well," presidential spokesman Alfred Scoccimarro said at a news conference outside the Buenos Aires hospital where Fernandez was recuperating. The news was met with cheers and applause from hundreds of supporters, some of whom had camped out overnight and festooned the area with signs expressing their good wishes. The collection of blood, called a subdural hematoma, was a result of a fall that the 60-year-old Fernandez took in August.