The family of an ailing, pregnant American woman missing in Afghanistan with her Canadian husband has broken months of silence over the mysterious case, making public appeals for the couple's safe return.
The Iranian Christian pastor who had been imprisoned in Iran for converting from Islam to Christianity was taken into custody again on Christmas Day, according to several Iranian media sources and individuals close to the <span xml:="#DEFAULT">pastor and his family. </span>
With much of the country's attention on Capitol Hill lawmakers trying Sunday to reach a deal to avert a fiscal crisis that would begin after Monday night, negotiations and hearing schedules are changing with no votes expected until at least the late afternoon.
Developing ?The Capitol Hill negotiations to avert a fiscal cliff before the New Year's deadline hit a standstill Sunday, said Senate leaders. Democrats said the talks are stalled because Republicans added to the deal changes to how Social Security payments are calculated. Majority Leader Harry Reid said his party could not make a counteroffer. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had to call Vice President Joe Biden to "jump-start" the negotiations.