To hugs, cheers and tears, rescuers using a missile-like escape capsule began pulling 33 men one by one to fresh air and freedom at last early Wednesday, 69 days after they were trapped in a collapsed mine almost a half-mile underground. Four men were pulled out in the early hours of the operation in the Chilean desert — a drama in which the world was captivated by the miners' endurance and unity as officials meticulously prepared their rescue.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge ordered the military Tuesday to immediately stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops, bringing the 17-year "don't ask, don't tell" policy closer than it has ever been to being abolished. Justice Department attorneys have 60 days to appeal the injunction but did not say what their next step would be.
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Paula headed for a near pass along the southern coast of Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, and then was expected to move toward the western end of Cuba. The Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (160 kph), was expected to swipe at the islands of Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Holbox, authorities said.
BEIRUT (AP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has begun his first state visit to Lebanon, giving a strong show of support to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah and stirring up the country's tumultous political divides. Thousands of Lebanese — mostly Hezbollah backers — are lining the main highway into the capital from Beirut's airport, where Ahmadinejad arrived Wednesday. Loudspeakers blasted songs as women sold Hezbollah flags and balloons to onlookers.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Mexican police commander investigating the reported shooting of an American tourist on a border lake was decapitated and his head was found in a suitcase outside a Mexican Army base, a Texas sheriff said Tuesday. Ruben Rios, a spokesman for the Tamaulipas state prosecutor's office, said Rolando Flores, the commander of state investigators in Ciudad Miguel Aleman who was part of a group investigating the reported shooting of David Hartley, was slain.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is back in the deep water oil-drilling business. The question now is when work will resume. The Obama administration, under heavy pressure from the oil industry and Gulf states and with elections nearing, lifted the moratorium that it imposed last April in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill.
Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle raised more than $14 million in three months in her bid to oust Majority Leader Harry Reid, but it wasn't clear Tuesday how much of the impressive haul ended up fattening her campaign's bottom line. The cascade of cash Angle collected between July and September was not an encouraging sign for the Democratic leader, who is locked in a dead heat with the Republican challenger who says "I am the tea party."
Hide the chocolate milk behind the plain milk. Get those apples and oranges out of stainless steel bins and into pretty baskets. Cash only for desserts. These subtle moves can entice kids to make healthier choices in school lunch lines, studies show. Food and restaurant marketers have long used similar tricks. Now the government wants in on the act.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is headed back to the Jersey shore. The reality star with the chiseled abs was eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday. He and professional partner Karina Smirnoff came into the show in last place after performing an Argentine tango Monday that one judge called "a terrible mess."
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cliff Lee added another impressive line to his spectacular October resume, and now the Texas Rangers will play for the AL pennant. Lee tossed his latest postseason gem and Texas won a playoff series for the first time, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Tuesday night in a decisive Game 5 on the legs of some daring baserunning.