The U.N.'s humanitarian chief says nearly 17 million people in the Horn of Africa urgently need food. That's nearly double the number from earlier this year. The reasons: crippling drought, soaring food prices and fighting in Somalia and parts of Ethiopia.
New York Congressman Charlie Rangel says he misspoke when he called Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin "disabled." It happened during an interview Rangel had with New York's WCBS T-V. Rangel was talking about what he says is Palin's lack of foreign policy experience.
Maryland medical examiner says inmate found dead in jail cell was strangled. Ronnie White had been accused in death of Cpl. Richard Findley. Investigators plan to question seven corrections officers with access to White's cell.
Mary Winkler wins custody battle after improving relationship with in-laws. She is on probation for shotgun slaying of preacher husband Matthew. She was convicted of manslaughter after testifying about abuse.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangle, D-New York, is defending himself against ethics allegations. He's accused of not paying taxes on rental income and using congressional stationery to drum up private donations to get a college center named after him.
Senior envoys from the U.N. Security Council's five permanent membes and Germany can't agree on a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. However, the envoys did reaffirm their commitment to the offering incentives to stop their uranium enrichment.
Federal regulators have shut down a small bank in West Virginia. They say the bank has overextended loans for the rehabilitation of distressed properties. It was the 12th failure this year of a federally insured bank. Its branches will be reopened by other banks on Monday.
A pumpkin hurling contest in Washington had to increase its space after a squash was tossed 1,866 feet last year. The new space has a more than 3,000 feet gourd firing range. The defending champion uses a 78-foot-tall trebuchet.
John McCain will defend his support for privately investing Social Security money amid this week's economic turmoil. Barack Obama opposes the personal retirement accounts. McCain's campaign says there's no talk of outsourcing the program to the private sector.
A California congressional delegation asked President Bush on Friday to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to a Marine who was chosen to receive only the second-highest medal the Navy can bestow for valor.