High court blocks texas electoral maps
On Friday, the Supreme Court blocked the use of Texas state legislative and congressional district maps that were drawn by federal judges to boost minorities' voting power. The justices say they will hear arguments in the case on Jan. 9.
Cain may be heading to Fox
Fox News has signaled an interest in hiring Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate. Fox News' executive vice president for programming indicated as much in an email to the New York Times on Friday regarding whether the network was interested in Cain as a contributor.
Children killed in more violence
Syrian security forces fired on antigovernment demonstrations across the country on Friday, killing at least 24 people — including many children — as the regime tries to choke off a nine-month-old uprising, activists said.
Police kill man shooting at cars
A gunman walked down the middle of Hollywood on Friday firing on passing cars and wounding a driver before police shot and killed him. No officers were hurt; many bystanders thought the gunfire was part of filming for a movie.
Dismissal of appeals sought
Prosecutors are re-asking a federal court to dismiss appeals by Jared Lee Loughner, the man charged with shooting Rep. Gabby Giffords in January, over his forced medication with anti-psychotic drugs. Loughner's lawyers say he should have been afforded a hearing in open court to decide whether he has been deprived of his right to refuse the medication.
Defenses boosted on Afghan border
The Pakistani army is bolstering air defenses along its Afghan border, including deploying shoulder-to-air missiles, officials said this week, a move that could threaten NATO aircraft and reflects the depths of anger and suspicion in Pakistan after a deadly NATO airstrike.
Protests expected to blanket nation
Russia's opposition will test Vladimir Putin's grip on power today in protests across the nation that promise to be the largest demonstration of public outrage since the last days of the Soviet Union.
U.N. peacekeepers wounded in attack
A bomb exploded near a United Nations convoy helping patrol southern Lebanon on Friday, wounding five peacekeepers in the third attack on the contingent this year, a U.N. spokesman and security officials said. The five soldiers were evacuated for treatment.