Gov. Sarah Palin (R) of Alaska would seek high national office again "if there is an open door for me," she told NBC "Today" Tuesday. Speaking of her unsuccessful vice presidential run, she said the US economic collapse "had a heckuva lot more to do with the campaign's collapse than me personally."

The average national price of self-service regular gasoline fell 18 cents to $2.22 a gallon in the week ended Nov. 10, the Energy Information Administration said Monday. The price is 89 cents lower than it was a year ago.

NASA declared an end to its data-gathering Phoenix mission to Mars Monday after not receiving any signals from the robot in over a week. During five months on the planet the solar-powered probe confirmed the presence of ice. It wasn't expected to continue much longer because of the approach of winter on the arctic plains, but a sun-blocking dust storm hastened its demise.

Shares in General Motors plunged to their lowest point in 60 years Monday, dipping to $3.02 before closing at $3.36. At the same time, GM said it would cut nearly 2,000 more jobs than the 3,600 announced late last week.

Harvard University needs to be prepared to absorb "unprecedented endowment losses," President Drew Faust warned Monday. Even with the largest endowment of any university, Faust anticipates a need for financial restraint after the school lost 12.7 percent of its US stock portfolio in the fiscal year ended June 30. There was no word on how much the current economic turmoil has cost the Cambridge, Mass., institution.

The skyrocketing costs of holding and caring for wild horses that roam in 10 Western states may require the Bureau of Land Management to consider euthanizing or selling many of them, according to a Government Accountability Office report. About 30,000, or roughly half of such horses, are kept in holding facilities to protect grazing lands.

Anticipating intense demand for 240,000 tickets to the historic Jan. 20 presidential inauguration, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California, who chairs a committee that oversees the ceremonies, said she is crafting a bill to make it a federal crime to sell tickets distributed through congressional offices. She also is writing to eBay and other Internet sites, asking them not to sell scalped tickets.

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