Updated: 12/31/2008 - One of the central figures in the 2007 Jena Six civil rights case never gave up pursuing his football career, even after his well-publicized run-ins with the law.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - Police say two Maryland teens lit a boy's hair on fire and recorded the attack on a camera phone.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - Sen. Bill Clinton? Sen. Mario Cuomo? Don't completely rule it out.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - The man Gov. Rod Blagojevich picked to serve in the U.S. Senate stands by his earlier criticism of the crimes the Illinois governor is accused of committing.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - Late on Christmas Eve, one last wish was sent, by e-mail: Please let NASA Administrator Michael Griffin keep his job. It was from his wife.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - Tennessee's governor promises greater oversight of coal ash retention ponds after touring damage from a 1-billion-gallon spill.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - Some women in Naples said they won't make love if their men shoot off dangerous fireworks on New Year's Eve. "Se Spari, Niente Sesso" (If you shoot, no sex), as the reported group calls itself, claims to have signed up hundreds of women in the Naples area to combat celebrations that injure or maim hundreds each year.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - Actor Matt Dillon was charged with driving at an excessive speed for allegedly going 106 mph on an interstate highway, Vermont State Police said.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations within three years, a sign of just how serious a health threat secondhand smoke is, government researchers said Wednesday.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - A militant arrested in Pakistan has confessed involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks and is giving investigators details of the plot, a senior Pakistani government official said Wednesday.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich created a new distraction for his state by making an appointment to the U.S. Senate even while he faces federal corruption charges for, in part, allegedly trying to sell the very seat he now is trying to fill.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - An attorney for Bernard Madoff said the disgraced Wall Street money manager would give the Securities and Exchange Commission a list of his personal assets by 5 p.m. EST Wednesday to comply with a court order.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - President George W. Bush believes the first steps in any cease-fire in the ongoing violence in the Mideast will require the Islamic militant group Hamas to agree to stop firing rockets into Israel now and in the future, the White House said Wednesday. From his ranch in Crawford, Texas, Bush called Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for the first time since the conflict escalated between Israel and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - Israel resisted mounting international pressure Wednesday to suspend its devastating air offensive against militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza, sending more troops and tanks to the border as signs of an impending ground invasion multiplied. A long column of tanks and other army vehicles, two and three abreast, was strung out along an access road to Gaza.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - The doors of Sumner School were wide open Wednesday morning for potential buyers to take a look inside.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - If Caroline Kennedy had, you know, only known. Tracking the would-be New York senator's verbal tics has become a political parlor game in the days since she gave her first round of in-depth interviews, even spawning a hip-hop-style mash-up online blending her "you knows" with President-elect Barack Obama's "uhs."
Updated: 12/31/2008 - A former dairy boss who could face the death penalty in China's tainted milk scandal testified Wednesday that she began investigating product quality issues in May but did not notify authorities until August, a state news agency said.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - Israel rejected international pressure to suspend its air offensive against Palestinian militants whose rocket barrages are striking close to the Israeli heartland, sending warplanes Wednesday to demolish smuggling tunnels that are the lifeline of Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - "SpongeBob SquarePants" may be getting squeezed off of Time Warner Cable.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - The outlook for the economy isn't expected be any sunnier with the government's release of weekly jobless claims on Wednesday.
Updated: 12/31/2008 - Amid the jubilation and celebration of New Year's Eve, another feeling is present for many as a decidedly rocky 2008 comes to a close: relief.