Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez "abdicated" responsibility in the dismissals of nine federal prosecutors in late 2006, a report released Monday said. In making the report by an inspector general public, the Justice Department appointed a career prosecutor, Nora Dannehy, to explore potential criminal charges against Gonzalez. The report also criticized members of the Bush administration and Republicans in Congress harshly for their roles in the firings, which critics allege were politically motivated.
Spending for consumer goods remained flat in August, the Commerce Department reported, despite the fact that personal incomes recovered almost all of their 0.6 percent drop in July. Analysts said the decline in spending was due in part to the end of the government's economic stimulus program earlier this year.
Precautions taken by residents of coastal Maine proved unnecessary Sunday as late-season hurricane Kyle spared the region all but heavy rain and light damage from wind. The weakening storm then passed over the Maritime Provinces of Canada. In Miami, the National Hurricane Center was watching another strengthening storm over the north-central Atlantic Ocean but predicted it would threaten only shipping.