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Main provisions of US-Iraq security pact

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Key provisions of the U.S.-Iraqi security pact that was approved by the Iraqi Cabinet and is being considered by the parliament ahead of a Nov. 24 vote:

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Iran judiciary chief lauds US-Iraqi security pact

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Iran took a surprisingly positive stance Monday on the Iraq-U.S. security pact after months of harshly denouncing the deal, which would keep American troops in Iraq for three more years.

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Iraq announces date for long-delayed elections

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Iraq said Tuesday that it will hold long-awaited provincial elections on Jan. 31, a step forward for U.S.-backed efforts to promote national reconciliation even though a key northern area will not participate in the vote.

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US arrests suspected Iranian agent in Iraq

Updated: 11/20/2008 - The U.S. military says it has arrested an alleged senior member of the Iranian security forces suspected of funneling weapons into Iraq.

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Obama poised to rebrand America, experts say

Updated: 11/20/2008 - (CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama is poised to restore the United States' image in the international community, but experts say the president-elect must show the world that his actions will live up to his rhetoric.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,200

Updated: 11/20/2008 - As of Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at least 4,200 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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US raid kills Iraqi blamed in 2004 reservist death

Updated: 11/20/2008 - An al-Qaida in Iraq leader blamed in the 2004 abduction and murder of an Army reservist and other deadly attacks over several years was killed in an American raid in Baghdad, the U.S. military said Thursday.

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Stevens gives last Senate speech as staffers weep

Updated: 11/20/2008 - WASHINGTON – In a painfully poignant moment reminiscent of the fall of yesteryear's Senate giants, Republican Ted Stevens has spoken and yielded the floor for the last time.

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Detroit automakers' rescue stalls in Senate

Updated: 11/20/2008 - WASHINGTON – A plan to give troubled U.S. automakers billions of dollars in government-backed loans is stalled on Capitol Hill, leaving the fate of hundreds of thousands of workers and Detroit's once-venerable car companies hanging in the balance.

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Stocks fall after jobless claims jump

Updated: 11/20/2008 - NEW YORK – Fresh worries about widening unemployment added to investors' list of concerns about the economy Thursday and extended Wall Street's sell-off to a second day. The major indexes each fell more than 1.5 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which lost 110 points.

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Perino: Bush would sign jobless benefits extension

Updated: 11/20/2008 - WASHINGTON – With weekly jobless claims benefits at a 16-year high, the White House said Thursday that President George W. Bush would quickly sign legislation pending in Congress to provide further unemployment benefits.

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Jobless claims jump unexpectedly to 16-year high

Updated: 11/20/2008 - WASHINGTON – New claims for unemployment benefits jumped last week to a 16-year high, the Labor Department said Thursday, providing more evidence of a rapidly weakening job market expected to get even worse next year.

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8th Graders Participate in Great American Smokeout

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Approximately 400 hundred eighth graders at Washburn Rural Middle School participated in the latest drive by the American Cancer Society to steer the teens away from tobacco.

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GMAC Files with Fed for Bank Holding Status

Updated: 11/20/2008 - GMAC Financial Services has applied to the Federal Reserve to become a bank holding company, which would allow General Motors' financing arm to be eligible for aid under the Treasury's $700 billion bank rescue plan.

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Dems: Napolitano Emerges for DHS Job

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, an early Barack Obama supporter from the southwestern part of the country, is a leading contender for the job of secretary of homeland security, Democratic officials said.

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Jobless Claims Jump to 16-Year High

Updated: 11/20/2008 - New claims for unemployment benefits jumped last week to a 16-year high, the Labor Department said Thursday, providing more evidence of a rapidly weakening job market expected to get even worse next year.

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Oil Falls Below $53 On Fears Of Deep Recession

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Oil prices fell below $53 to almost a two-year low Thursday as investors, worried by plummeting stock markets, priced in lower crude demand as the global economic downturn shapes up to be the worst in decades.

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Dems Look To Stop Endangered Species Rule Changes

Updated: 11/20/2008 - With the Bush administration on the verge of relaxing regulations protecting endangered species, Democratic leaders are looking at ways to overturn any last-minute rule changes.

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Ben Affleck Visits Refugee Camps In Eastern Congo

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Ben Affleck is trying to draw more attention to the conflict in eastern Congo, touring refugee camps and consulting with aid workers in the region where at least 250,000 people have been displaced by recent fighting.

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China to overhaul battered dairy industry

Updated: 11/20/2008 - China's dairy industry, at the center of the country's latest food safety scandal, will be overhauled to improve every step from cow breeding to milk sales, the government said.

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China To Overhaul Battered Dairy Industry

Updated: 11/20/2008 - China announced a complete overhaul of its dairy industry Thursday to improve safety at every step - from cow breeding to milk sales - saying its worst food quality scandal in years had revealed "major problems" in quality control.

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Arraignment Set For Cheney, Gonzales In Texas

Updated: 11/20/2008 - A Texas judge has set a Friday arraignment for Vice President Dick Cheney, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and others named in indictments accusing them of responsibility for prisoner abuse in a federal detention center.

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Calif. Supreme Court To Take Up Gay Marriage Ban

Updated: 11/20/2008 - California's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state's new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

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States Disagree Greatly On Amber Alert Criteria

Updated: 11/20/2008 - Authorities count hundreds of Amber Alert cases across the country as success stories when they start explaining why the media-friendly and politically popular bulletins are so important.

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