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Portugal Landslides Death Toll Reaches 40

Rescue workers dug frantically Sunday to free cars and homes buried under heaps of caked mud in Madeira, after torrential flash floods and mudslides killed at least 40 people on the popular Portuguese island.

Health Drama Unfolding Live

Republicans, Dems will bring separate agendas to health summit as Obama puts his hopes on the line on live TV

States Might Light Up Tobacco Taxes

New report by coalition of public health organizations says states could raise $9B by increasing taxes by $1 a pack

British PM Denies Claims He was Abusive to Staff

Gordon Brown has denied ever hitting anyone amid claims in a new book that he was abusive to members of his staff.

FBI Investigating Pa. School Webcam Spying Allegations

A Pennsylvania school district accused of secretly switching on laptop computer webcams inside students' homes is under investigation by federal authorities, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press.

Indiana College Lifts Century-Old Ban on National Anthem

An Indiana Christian college rooted in Mennonite traditions is lifting a century-old ban so the national anthem can be played at sporting events.

GOP Wary of Health Summit

Some Republicans fear next week's televised health care showdown with Obama could be a partisan 'trap'

Presidential Adviser Alexander Haig Dies

Former secretary of state who served three presidents and ran for the office himself dies at 85 in Baltimore• VIDEO: Remembering Alexander Haig

Petraeus: Progress, Finally

Top U.S. commander says that after more than eight years in Afghanistan, U.S. is getting resources for success• Dutch Gov't Collapses Over Differences on Afghanistan

Hamas: Dead Agent Shouldn't Have Booked Trip Online

A Hamas legislator says a member of the Islamic militant movement assassinated during a visit to Dubai put himself at risk by booking his trip through the Internet.