The average US price for regular gasoline hit a record $3.47 a gallon April 18, according to the latest Lundberg gas station survey. Since the beginning of the year, the price has risen 53.47 cents per gallon.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged the Air Force to do more to help the war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan during a Monday visit to Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He said "old ways of doing business" were preventing more surveillance and reconnaissance.
Southeastern Illinois was the epicenter early Monday for a magnitude 4.5 temblor that was the second-strongest aftershock to the magnitude 5.2 earthquake that rattled the region Friday.