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Karzai Challenger Abdullah May Exit Runoff Election

Talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah have broken down, and Abdullah is likely to pull out of next week's presidential runoff, a person with knowledge of the talks said Friday.

Pirates Asking for $7 Million for Release of British Couple

The BBC says Somali pirates have called the broadcaster to demand $7 million in return for releasing a British couple whose yacht was hijacked off the coast of Africa.

World's Biggest Cruise Ship Sets Sail From Finland

The world's largest cruise liner on Friday began its maiden voyage to Florida, gliding out from a shipyard in Finland with an amphitheater, basketball courts and an ice rink on board.

CDC: 114 Kids Dead From H1N1; Vaccine Shortages Continue

Heath officials say swine flu has caused at least 19 more children's deaths — the largest one-week increase since the pandemic started in April.

Mayor Won't Remove Display NAACP Calls 'Disturbing'

A Maryland mayor says a controversial Halloween display featuring three hanging dummies will remain at a city park despite complaints received by a local NAACP chapter.

Critics Say Photos of Kim Jong Il Really Of a Look-Alike

A number of analysts are convinced that photos released of North Korea's leader Kim Jon Il are not really of the dear leader — but rather a strikingly good look-alike.

Search for Survivors of Collision Between Chopper, Plane

The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy were searching early Friday for as many as nine people off the Southern California coast following a collision between a Coast Guard plane and a Marine Corps helicopter, officials said.

Cops Hope Video of Mafia Murder in Italy Will ID Killer

Italian prosecutors have released a video of a gangland-style slaying on a Naples street in May in hope of finding the killer.

Let the Wrangling Begin

Contentious negotiations expected over final legislation after House speaker unveils retooled health care bill with gov't-run option | FULL COVERAGE |

Passports Linked to 9/11 Found in Pakistan

Soldiers battling their way into a Taliban stronghold along the Afghan border seized passports that may be linked to 9/11 suspects, as they confront an enemy skilled in operating in a mountainous terrain with endless ways to wage a guerrilla war.