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Volunteer suicide bombers seek to attack Israel

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Hard-line Iranian student groups have asked the government to authorize volunteers to go carry out suicide bombings in Israel in response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip.

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Israel takes battle with Hamas to YouTube

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Israel's bruising war on the Islamic militants who control Gaza has moved online, where sites like YouTube and Facebook are the new battlegrounds.

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Israel rejects truce call, pursues bombing Gaza

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. Dozens of tanks were parked in a rain-sodden field on the frontier.

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54 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Rescue workers say at least 54 New Year's revelers have died in a fire that swept through a nightclub in the Thai capital.

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Finally: Decision time for a deeply divided USA

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Rarely has an election been so anticipated. Rarely has a campaign gone on for so long and offered so many plot twists. And never in a generation have Americans and their talking heads expressed such certainty, such passion that the next president can change the national game so fundamentally and so entirely.

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A worried America chooses its course for change

Updated: 12/31/2008 - In a season of profound political and cultural fissures, the American people stood together at the ballot box Tuesday with a resounding chorus that drowned out their deep differences: Something, they said, has got to give.

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Bloody, then buddies: It's still the American way

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The seat of Clinton County sits along a river at the foot of a spectacular mountain range in rural central Pennsylvania. On Election Day, what happened here was a microcosm of American duality: Just 327 votes separated John McCain, who won the county, and Barack Obama, who didn't.

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Shhh! Gadget racket threatens pulsar research

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Of all the threats to scientific research Wesley Sizemore has stymied over the years, satellites and cell phone towers don't stick in his memory quite like the possessive old hound and its treasured heating pad.

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Some women threaten no sex if men shoot fireworks

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.

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Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

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.

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Official: Pakistani confesses to Mumbai attacks

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.

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Ill. governor adds to woes by making appointment

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.

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Madoff lawyer says client will provide asset list

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.

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