Carnival president contradicted reports of unsanitary conditions aboard the stranded cruise ship Triumph. Carnival said the cruise ship has running water and most of its 23 public restrooms and some of the guest cabin bathrooms were working. Passengers were sleeping on the deck.
The rescue Monday of a 5-year-old Alabama boy from an underground bunker involved lots of secrecy on the part of law enforcement. Not all questions are likely to be answered as to how federal authorities extracted him.
Jimmy Lee Dykes, who took a 5-year old boy hostage, was killed in a law enforcement raid. Neighbors heard a bang and gunfire, but details of the rescue remain secret. A Christian community's prayers are answered.
After allegedly fatally shooting a school bus driver on Tuesday, an Alabama man took a kindergartner from the bus and is now holding the boy hostage. The suspect appears to be an "antigovernment radical and survivalist," said one observer.
A snow storm caused flights across the country to be cancelled. Three died, and many were injured in dangerous highway conditions and as trees fell on homes. In the South, tornadoes left 100,000 without power on Christmas Day.
A new law in Mississippi restricting abortion providers could force the state's only clinic to close. Critics say the law would force women to travel to other states to obtain a constitutionally protected procedure