Mahmoud Zahar, the senior Hamas leader in Gaza, said Wednesday that the release of a tape showing that Gilad Shalit was alive was the first stage of a broader deal now being negotiated with Israel on the release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
ACORN itself is now on trial for the first time as a criminal defendant in an American courtroom as Nevada prosecutors allege the group illegally paid workers to sign up voters as part of an alleged quota system.
The State of Louisiana Streamline Government Commission continues its "listening tour" in Shreveport.
The goal of the tour is to get input from citizens on ways to reduce the cost of the state government.
The meetings are held in an open format
A small group of homeless sex offenders have set up camp in densely wooded area behind a suburban Atlanta office park, directed there by probation officers who say it's a place of last resort for those with nowhere else to go.