Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she accepted responsibility for the troubled US occupation of Iraq after Saddam Hussein's fall. In comments on "Fox News Sunday," Rice, who was President Bush's national security adviser when the war began in 2003, said former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wasn't at fault for not having the right occupational structure in place.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late president, is interested in the US Senate seat Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) of New York will leave vacant if her selection as the next US secretary of State is confirmed, her cousin Robert Kennedy said late last week. It's up to New York Gov. David Paterson to appoint someone to complete Clinton's term.

Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki is Barack Obama's choice to be the next secretary of Veterans Affairs, the president-elect said Sunday. Shinseki, who was Army chief of staff from 1999 to 2003 and is the first four-star general of Japanese-American descent, was at odds with former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld for questioning the Bush administration's Iraq war strategy.

About 250 union workers occupied a vinyl-window factory in Chicago over the weekend, protesting a plant shutdown three days, rather than a required 60 days, after they were given layoff notices. Workers at Republic Windows and Doors said they won't leave until they receive assurances they'll get severance and vacation pay.

Lawyers for O.J. Simpson said Saturday they will appeal his conviction after he was sentenced Friday to nine to 33 years in Nevada's prison system for armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon of two sports memorabilia dealers over collectibles he claimed were stolen from him.

By defeating Democratic US Rep. William Jefferson in Saturday's hurricane-delayed Louisiana election, Republican attorney Anh "Joseph" Cao becomes the first Vietnamese-American in Congress. Jefferson, an African-American, was hurt by weak black turnout in the Second Congressional District, which includes New Orleans, and his indictment on bribery charges.

White House correspondent David Gregory will become the new regular moderator of "Meet the Press," NBC announced Sunday. Gregory succeeds Tim Russert, who held the job from 1991 until his death in June.

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