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UN official: Sri Lanka fighting traps thousands

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and rebels retreating to a small patch of jungle has trapped thousands of innocent people and killed "many" civilians, a senior U.N. official said Monday.

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Crash of US helicopters in Iraq kills 4 Americans

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Two U.S. helicopters crashed Monday in northern Iraq, killing four American troops, the U.S. military said, in the deadliest single incident for U.S. forces in more than four months.

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Boy, 14, dupes police, patrols Chicago for 5 hours

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A 14-year-old aspiring police officer donned a uniform, walked into a Chicago police station and managed to get an assignment - patroling in a squad car for five hours before he was detected, police said Sunday.

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Philadelphia Suburb Stunned by a Series of Arsons

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Authorities are urging residents in this Philadelphia suburb to remove flammable materials from their porches and to keep porch lights on at night following a string of suspicious fires.

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Portland mayor won't resign over lying about teen

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The mayor of Portland, Ore., said Sunday he would not resign despite calls for him to do so after he admitted he lied and asked a teenager to lie about their sexual relationship.

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Mass. House Speaker Resigns Amid Ethics Allegation

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Massachusetts' House speaker said Sunday he would resign amid allegations a close friend used their relationship to push ticket-scalping legislation and paid off legal bills for the speaker's in-laws.

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2 Students Killed in Oregon Nightclub Shooting

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A gunman opened fire outside an under-21 nightclub in Portland, killing two girls and wounded several other people in an apparently random act, police said.

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Smurfit-Stone Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., the largest producer of cardboard box materials in North America, said Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it looks to restructure a heavy debt.

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Sprint Nextel to Eliminate 8,000 Jobs

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Sprint Nextel Corp. is eliminating about 8,000 positions in the first quarter as it seeks to cut annual costs by $1.2 billion.

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Indonesians Among The Few To Witness Solar Eclipse

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Indonesians were among the few worldwide to witness an eclipse of the sun Monday, some cheering and banging on drums as the moon slowly crossed its path, blocking out everything but a thin, blazing rim of fire.

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Indonesian Muslims Banned From Practicing Yoga

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Indonesia's top Islamic body banned Muslims from practicing yoga that contains Hindu rituals like chanting, the chairman of the group said Monday, citing concerns it would corrupt their faith.

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The Eiffel Tower That Tourists Never See

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A model of refined simplicity on the outside, the iron lady that symbolizes Paris is a complicated piece of work inside her elegant A-line figure.

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Spector Retrial Enters Key Act As Defense Begins

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Nearly six years after an actress was shot to death in the foyer of his storied castle, music legend Phil Spector's long, strange voyage through the justice system is nearing what could be its final act — his lawyer's presentation of what happened on that fateful night.

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Philadelphia Suburb Stunned By A Series Of Arsons

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Authorities are urging residents in this Philadelphia suburb to remove flammable materials from their porches and to keep porch lights on at night following a string of suspicious fires.

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'Slumdog' Far From Underdog At SAG Awards

Updated: 01/26/2009 - "Slumdog Millionaire" continued its unlikely rise from low-budget underdog to the highest Hollywood heights, winning the Screen Actors Guild Award for best cast of a motion picture.

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Catholic Bishops Say Inaction Killing Zimbabweans

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Southern African leaders must stop supporting Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe or accept complicity in a "passive genocide," Catholic bishops from the region said Monday as the European Union increased sanction on Mugabe and his supporters.

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International Court Begins Case Of Congo Warlord

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A Congolese warlord pleaded not guilty to recruiting child soldiers and sending them to fight and die in ethnic battles as the International Criminal Court began its historic first trial Monday.

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Taiwan Embraces China's Gift Of 2 Pandas

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Two giant pandas from China captivated thousands of Taiwanese on Monday, but the playful bears failed to completely disarm spectators from the rival island.

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International Court Begins Case of Congo Warlord

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A Congolese warlord pleaded not guilty to recruiting child soldiers and sending them to fight and die in ethnic battles as the International Criminal Court began its historic first trial Monday.

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States May Gain Power Over Emissions Standards

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Plunging into energy policy, President Barack Obama is poised to give states a freer hand in curbing emissions from cars, and to get his government moving on fuel-efficiency standards that could remake the auto industry.

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Impeachment Trial To Proceed Without Ill. Governor

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Though Illinois lawmakers are launching an impeachment trial Monday that could remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office, the governor himself will be far from the capitol building - instead chatting with Larry King and the women of "The View."

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Study Adds To Evidence Of Vaccine Safety

Updated: 01/26/2009 - A new study from Italy adds to a mountain of evidence that a mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines doesn't hurt children, offering more reassurance to parents.

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