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Mexican Beauty Queen Arrested in Gun-Filled Truck

Updated: 12/23/2008 - A reigning Mexican beauty queen from the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa was arrested with suspected gang members in a truck filled guns and ammunition, police said Tuesday.

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Ex-Bill Clinton Aides to Join State Dept.

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Two former Clinton administration officials were named Tuesday to join the State Department in high posts when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of state.

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Rick Warren: Not anti-gay to oppose gay marriage

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Pastor Rick Warren, chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to pray at his inauguration, said in a video message to his church that he doesn't equate gay relationships with incest or pedophilia, but opposes redefining marriage just as any conservative Christian would.

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Coup declared in Guinea after dictator's death

Updated: 12/23/2008 - A military group seized control of the airwaves in mineral-rich Guinea and declared a coup Tuesday after the death of the West African country's dictator, one of the continent's last strongmen.

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Water Main Break Swamps D.C. Drivers

Updated: 12/23/2008 - A massive water pipe broke on Tuesday, sending a torrent of frigid water over a suburban Washington road and trapping about a dozen commuters in their cars.

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Republican IT Guru Dies In Plane Crash

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Federal investigators are looking into a small plane crash in Ohio which claimed the life of its pilot, a Republican media consultant who was instrumental in the presidential and gubernatorial campaigns of three members of the Bush Family.

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FDA Warns of Tainted Weight-Loss Pills

Updated: 12/23/2008 - The FDA warned consumers Monday to neither consume nor purchase a slate of more than 25 different weight-loss products. Each may contain "undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients that may put consumers' health at risk," the FDA said in a release.

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Obama Report Clears Staff In Blago Probe

Updated: 12/23/2008 - An internal review prepared for President-elect Barack Obama says his incoming chief of staff had multiple conversations with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office, but no one close to Mr. Obama suspected that the governor might be trying to sell Obama's Senate seat as prosecutors allege.

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Man Tries to go Home For Holidays — By Fire Truck

Updated: 12/23/2008 - What kind of mileage does that thing get? Police in South Salt Lake, Utah, have arrested a man they say tried to steal a fire truck so he could drive home — to Washington — for Christmas.

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Katie Couric Moving Up in Ratings

Updated: 12/23/2008 - After two years of relentlessly bad ratings news, Katie Couric finally has something she can smile about.

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Stores Pull All-Nighters, Trying to Save Season

Updated: 12/23/2008 - The nation's stores are pulling all-nighters and deepening discounts in the final hours before Christmas, trying to draw in all the shoppers they can as they face dismal sales in what will likely end up as the worst holiday season in decades.

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Dow Falls For 5th Straight Session on Grim Data

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Wall Street pulled back again Tuesday in muted trading ahead of the holiday, as another round of reports showed further deterioration in the housing market and broader economy.

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ACLU Sues Laguna Beach Over Treatment of Homeless

Updated: 12/23/2008 - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the ritzy Southern California city of Laguna Beach over its treatment of the homeless.

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Home Sales Drop 23 percent in Midwest in November

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Existing home sales in the Midwest tumbled 23 percent in November compared with a year ago. The drop comes as accelerated job losses, Wall Street weakness and dwindling consumer confidence forced more people out of the housing market.

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Sea-Tac Stranded Passengers Finally Flying Out

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Crowds of stranded travelers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were drastically reduced, Amtrak restored passenger train service and motorists found easier going Tuesday — but more snow was on the way.

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Bush Pardons Man Who Helped Israel During Wartime

Updated: 12/23/2008 - In a gesture of forgiveness for an American considered a hero in Israel, President George W. Bush on Tuesday granted a pardon posthumously to a man who broke the law to supply aircraft to Jews fighting in Israel's 1948 war of independence.

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More Declines For Oil on Latest Batch of Bad News

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Oil prices dipped below $38 a barrel Tuesday on fresh evidence of weakness in the U.S. housing market and a shrinking gross domestic product that suggests the recession may be worsening.

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Madoff Investor Found Dead of Suicide

Updated: 12/23/2008 - The founder of an investment fund that lost $1.4 billion with Bernard Madoff was discovered dead Tuesday after committing suicide at his Madison Avenue office, marking a grim turn in a scandal that has left investors around the world in financial ruin.

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Icy Pavement Shuts Busy JoCo Highway Down

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Freezing rain is making driving hazardous in parts of Kansas and has shut down at least one major highway after a series of crashes blamed on slick pavement.

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China calls for return of Guantanamo Bay inmates

Updated: 12/23/2008 - China said Tuesday it wants Chinese detainees at Guantanamo Bay to be returned to China if the detention center is closed by President-elect Barack Obama.

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2 Killed, 1 Hurt in Dallas-area Road Shootings

Updated: 12/23/2008 - Authorities pressed a manhunt Tuesday for a gunman in a pickup truck who is suspected of killing two people and injuring another in a series of rush hour shootings on Dallas-area roads.

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