Investors reacted dramatically to the financial industry's turmoil today over the fall of Lehman Brothers and the sale of Merrill Lynch & Co. to Bank of America. The Dow fell 500 points for its worst trading day since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
Officials in Texas on Sunday evacuated nearly 2,000 people from the coastline in what was the largest rescue effort in the state's history. Millions of people in the state are suffering shortages of electricity, food, water and gasoline following Hurricane Ike.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai have signed a historic agreement to share power in the troubled African nation, where Mugabe is to become president and Tsvangirai the prime minister.
Conflict in Bolivia escalated over the weekend as regional governors ramped up their rhetoric. The crisis follows the rejection by four provinces of the president's plan for a Dec. 7 referendum on a new constitution.
An adviser to Sarah Palin said over the weekend that the vice presidential candidate has viewed the "Saturday Night Live" TV skit in which she is portrayed by comedian Tina Fey. "She thought it was quite funny," the adviser said, "especially because the governor has dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween."