Judge rules against miller in Senate race
A judge on Friday ruled against Republican Joe Miller's lawsuit challenging how Alaska counted write-in votes for rival Lisa Murkowski in their Senate race, delivering another setback to the tea party-backed candidate in his longshot legal fight. Judge William Carey's ruling is virtually certain to be appealed to the state Supreme Court, and he said his decision wouldn't take effect until Tuesday to give Miller time to do so. The ruling marks a victory for Murkowski in her historic write-in Senate bid. The winner is scheduled to be sworn in Jan. 5, and the legal dispute has thrown the outcome into doubt.
Database leak puts informers at risk
A Colorado sheriff's online database mistakenly revealed the identities of drug informers and listed phone numbers, addresses and Social Security numbers of suspects, victims and others interviewed during criminal investigations, authorities said. The breach potentially affects some 200,000 people. The FBI and Google Inc. are trying to determine who accessed the database, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said. Their concern: that someone may have copied it and could post it, WikiLeaks-style, on the Internet.
Pro-democracy group plans sit-in
A Saudi pro-democracy group is planning the kingdom's first sit-in protest this month to demand radical political reforms, a constitution and elections, its leaders said Friday. Mohammed Alqahtani, the head of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association, said the group has asked the Interior Ministry for permission to hold a peaceful sit-in on Dec. 23 in the capital, Riyadh. Public protests are almost unheard of in Saudi Arabia, partly because the government actively prevents them.
Jenna Bush home for sale: The Baltimore home of former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager is for sale for $474,900. She and husband Henry Hager moved into the home after their 2008 marriage. Among the features touted: 12-foot ceilings, rooftop terrace, marble bath and carpets made from natural sea grass on the stairs.
Stowaway death: A North Carolina teenager whose body was found in a Boston suburb last month had most likely stowed away inside a plane's wheel well and fallen as it lowered its landing gear, authorities said Friday.
End death penalty, Iraq urged: United Nations Special Representative Ad Melkert urged Iraq's government Friday to abolish the death penalty amid demands by Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani for the swift execution of terror suspects.
Terror arrest in Indonesia: Police on Friday arrested Muslim militant Abu Tholut, accusing him of plotting assassinations and bloody attacks on foreigners at luxury hotels in the capital.
Haiti protests ease: Shops opened sporadically, the airport took in cargo flights and fewer barricades blocked streets Friday as the capital, Port-au-Prince, struggled to emerge from two days of riots over the disputed presidential election.
Polio takes toll in Congo: An outbreak of polio in Republic of Congo has caused 206 deaths in the Central African nation, a UNICEF spokesman said.