Bush on billboard in Minnesota
Former President George W. Bush has returned on a Minnesota billboard funded by some people who apparently aren't happy with the way things are going in Washington. The billboard's tagline: "Miss me yet?" Office manager Beverly Master of Schubert and Hoey Outdoor Advertising in Minneapolis said the message was purchased by a group of small business owners and people who want to remain anonymous. The billboard, overlooking Interstate 35 in Wyoming, Minn., is scheduled to stay up until at least the end of February.
Brown writing book about life, election
A can't miss rung on the ladder to celebrity status in Washington: Newly seated Sen. Scott Brown will write a book about his life leading up to his upset election to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Brown spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said Wednesday the Massachusetts Republican hopes to provide "insight and encouragement" to others and to ensure the record is "complete and accurate." There was no word yet on the timing of the book or a publisher.
Blagojevich pleads not guilty to charges
Ousted Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty Wednesday to revised federal corruption charges and challenged prosecutors to allow jurors to hear all of the FBI's recordings of his telephone conversations. He challenged the government to play all of the roughly 500 hours of wiretaps in which prosecutors say he schemed to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. "I'm not just going to talk the talk, I'm going to walk the walk," he said. "Play the tapes, play all the tapes." The trial is slated to start June 3.
NASA studying two new shuttle problems
NASA is dealing with two new problems on space shuttle Endeavour, a cracked thermal tile and a ceramic ring that's jutting out near a window. Mission management team leader LeRoy Cain said Wednesday that neither issue appears to be serious. The 11 astronauts aboard the linked space shuttle and space station, meanwhile, prepared for tonight's spacewalk.
Veteran is shot dead after fatal attack
An Air Force veteran told to move out of a homeless shelter because he had been uncooperative about attending counseling fatally attacked the center's director Wednesday and then was shot to death by police when he charged at them with a knife and an ax, authorities said. Police Sgt. Sammy Morris said officers had arrived to find Raymond Ice standing over the body of shelter director Rita Ciofani, 59.
Brazil: A family court judge ruled Wednesday that 7-year-old Julia Lira should be allowed to samba Monday before a crowd of thousands as a Carnival drum corps queen, a coveted role normally reserved for sultry models.
Myanmar: A court Wednesday sentenced American activist Nyi Nyi Aung, 40, to three years of hard labor, drawing an angry response from U.S. officials who called the charges "politically motivated." Aung was arrested in September when he returned to visit his mother, an imprisoned democracy activist.
Israel: A Palestinian police officer stabbed an Israeli soldier to death Wednesday as he sat in a jeep at a traffic light in the West Bank, the military said. Mahmoud al-Khattib was arrested. The dead soldier was identified as Staff Sgt. Ihab Khatib, an Israeli Arab.
Kenya: Wildlife authorities will relocate thousands of zebras and wildebeest to the Amboseli National Park to feed starving lions that are preying on livestock, officials said.