Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is dropping his appeal in the CIA leak case, his attorney said Monday. Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction for lying about conversations with reporters about outed CIA operative Valerie Plame. President Bush commuted his jail sentence in July.

In a cultural breakthrough, the New York Philharmonic will perform Feb. 26 in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, at the invitation of the reclusive Communist nation, Zarin Mehta, the orchestra's president and executive director, said Monday.

Pending sales of existing homes rose 0.6 percent in October, bucking predictions for a 1 percent drop-off, the National Association of Realtors reported Monday.

Police in Colorado Monday continued to investigate a possible link between two deadly shootings that occurred Sunday 12 hours and 65 miles apart at Christian religious centers. Five people, including a gunman, died in the attacks and five others were wounded at a megachurch in Colorado Springs and at a youth ministry in the Denver suburb of Arvada. The church's armed security staff shot and killed the gunman, whose identity hasn't been released, nor has a suspect been identified in the other case.

In a Spanish-language debate with English translations, Republican presidential candidates Sunday continued to emphasize the need for border security and immigration reforms, but they softened their strong anti-illegal immigration rhetoric. Univision, the Spanish-language television network, and the University of Miami hosted the event in Coral Cables, Fla.

As she promised her husband, Spc. Alejandro Albarran, Janay Albarran has become a soldier, joining the Army he loves but might leave. After losing part of a leg in Iraq, he's not sure he wants to take a desk job. Left, the couple embrace after her graduation from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Nine percent of Army soldiers are married to other soldiers.

The University of Southern Cali-fornia women's soccer team shut out the nation's highest scoring squad, Florida State, 2-0, to take the NCAA Women's College Cup in Sunday's national championship game in College Station, Texas. Above, USC midfielders battle Florida State's Ashli Sandoval (c.) for the ball.

Forecasters expect wintry conditions through the middle of the week similar to the ice storm that gripped a swath from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes Sunday and was blamed for six deaths in Oklahoma.

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