Billy graham hospitalized for cough, fever
The Rev. Billy Graham was hospitalized Wednesday to be tested for pneumonia after suffering from congestion, a cough and a slight fever, his spokesman said. A. Larry Ross said Graham, 93, was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville. Graham's personal physician, Dr. Lucian Rice, said he was in stable condition. A news release issued by the hospital said Graham was alert, smiling and waving to staff as he entered the hospital.
U.S.-Australia pact decried in China
America's strengthened military pact with Australia is a figment of "Cold War thinking" that will destabilize the Asia-Pacific region, China's Defense Ministry said Wednesday. Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng's comments at a monthly news conference were Beijing's strongest criticism yet of a move widely seen as intended to counter China's rising assertiveness. Geng said Chinese and U.S. defense officials still will meet for consultations Dec. 7.
Pension changes spark huge strike
Up to 2 million public-sector workers walked off the job Wednesday, potentially the biggest nationwide strike in Britain in a generation. Teachers, border patrol agents, nurses, transport workers and others took part in the one-day action to protest government plans to make them work longer until they retire and to contribute more to their pensions. Officials say the changes are unavoidable in light of longer life spans and the need to curb government spending. Unions and workers say the measures hit them disproportionately hard.
Governors want pot reclassified
The governors of Washington and Rhode Island petitioned the federal government Wednesday to reclassify marijuana as a drug with accepted medical uses. Christine Gregoire of Washington, a Democrat, and Lincoln D. Chafee of Rhode Island, an independent who used to be a Republican, say the change is needed so states like theirs, which have decriminalized marijuana for medical purposes, can regulate the safe distribution of the drug without risking federal prosecution. The move injects new political muscle into the long-running debate on the status of marijuana. Fourteen other states also allow medical marijuana.
Happy Meal toy? That'll be 10 cents
A new city law aimed at making fast food for kids follow nutritional guidelines won't be making Happy Meals healthier, just more expensive — if you want a toy. San Francisco was the first major U.S. city to prohibit fast-food restaurants from including toy giveaways with children's meals that don't meet nutritional guidelines for sodium, calories and fat. So starting today, McDonald's in the city will charge a dime to include a toy in a Happy Meal.
Hollywood legends' daughter dies
Judy Lewis, a psychotherapist and former actor whose 1994 memoir Uncommon Knowledge tells of her complicated heritage as the illegitimate daughter of Hollywood legends Loretta Young and Clark Gable, has died. She was 76. Lewis died of cancer Friday, daughter Maria Tinney Dagit said.