The Taliban CONFIRMs its LEADER'S dEATH
The Taliban confirmed Tuesday leader Hakimullah Mehsud died from injuries suffered in a U.S. drone missile strike last month, an attack that forces the insurgency to find a new leader for the second time in six months. Mehsud, 28, engineered a devastating series of suicide attacks and raids on markets, mosques and security installations in 2009.
Charges filed in massacre of 57
Prosecutors in Manila indicted the patriarch of a powerful political clan and 196 others in connection with the November massacre of 57, the worst case of political violence in the nation's history. Andal Ampatuan Sr. and several of his sons were charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to murder in connection with the killings.
Number of illegals falls
The Homeland Security Department estimates the number of illegal immigrants living in the United States fell about 7 percent to 10.8 million in January 2009. The population rose to 11.8 million in January 2007 and fell to 11.6 million in 2008.
Bears shelved; cribs recalled
Target is pulling its Valentine's Day "Message Bears" from stores over concerns about lead levels. Government safety officials in Washington announced a recall of more than 500,000 Generation 2 Worldwide and ChildESIGNS drop-side cribs sold at Kmart, WalMart and other stores after the deaths of three infants.
Activist jailed for five years
Tan Zuoren, 56, an activist who investigated the deaths of thousands of children crushed in their schools during the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake was sentenced to five years after his conviction for inciting subversion of state power.
New York: The Senate expelled Queens Democrat Hiram Monserrate, who was convicted of misdemeanor assault.