AP - President Barack Obama prepared Tuesday to update the public about steps the government is taking to keep it safe after an alleged terrorist's failed attempt to destroy a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner on Christmas Day.
AP - Landslides and a tsunami destroyed the homes of about one-third of the population on a Solomon Island, but lives were likely spared as residents with memories of previous disasters fled quickly to higher ground, officials said Tuesday.
AP - Yemen showed signs of friction Tuesday with the United States over the fight against al-Qaida, insisting it has the terror group under control, as the U.S. Embassy in San'a ended a two-day closure.
AP - The number of people preparing to buy a home in November fell sharply in the latest sign that the housing market, which had been rebounding strongly, may be headed for a "double-dip" downturn over the winter.
AP - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are embarking on the tough work of ironing out differences between the House and Senate health care legislation with the aim of finalizing a bill quickly as midterm elections loom.
AP - Move over, Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese. Step aside, Fish Stick Jesus. Online bidders may now buy two potatoes containing likenesses of crosses in their centers. One was found by an Iowa family and the other by a police detective in Ohio.
AP - Former NBA star Jayson Williams was charged with drunken driving after his SUV veered off an exit ramp and struck a tree early Tuesday, police said, the latest legal woe for the troubled ex-player.
Reuters - President Barack Obama plans to unveil reforms on Tuesday aimed at thwarting future attacks like the attempted Christmas Day airliner bombing, as he seeks to limit political fallout from the incident.
Reuters - Ford Motor Co posted a 33 percent sales gain for December as U.S. auto sales ended 2009 on an upswing after a tumultuous year that saw GM and Chrysler collapse into bankruptcy and China overtake the United States as the biggest car market.
Reuters - A hazardous substance was found in a passenger's luggage at a California airport, sending two federal baggage screeners to the hospital and prompting an evacuation of the terminal on Tuesday in the latest U.S. aviation security scare.
Reuters - Thousands of Yemeni troops are hemming in al Qaeda militants in three provinces, security sources said on Tuesday, and the U.S. embassy in Sanaa reopened after security forces staged a raid just outside the capital.
Reuters - Air travelers arriving in the United States under tighter security on Tuesday said they faced repeated passport checks and could not use blankets or leave seats in the last hour of their flight, but some said they felt safer.
Reuters - Japan's aged finance minister is to quit due to poor health after weeks of exhausting wrangling over the budget, the Nikkei news agency said on Tuesday, a fresh blow for Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama as he struggles with a frail economy and huge public debt.
Reuters - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that a Yemeni man who cooked for Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan was lawfully detained at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
AFP - US counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan were under scrutiny Tuesday after an Al-Qaeda double agent killed seven CIA officers and a military spy chief slammed intelligence failings in the country.