Cardinals gather one last day before conclave to elect new pope

ROME (CNN) -- Preparations, both spiritual and practical, neared completion at the Vatican on Monday, where Roman Catholic cardinals will gather to begin the process of selecting the next pope.

Recovering Queen Elizabeth misses Commonwealth Day service

LONDON (CNN) -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will miss a service celebrating the Commonwealth Monday, as she continues to recover from an illness that left her hospitalized last week, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement.

Cardinal Dolan charms worshippers at Rome Mass

Crowds lined the walls and spilled out the front door of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monte Mario on Sunday to catch a glimpse of the gregarious American Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, who smiled broadly as he came in

Republicans, while skeptical, welcome Obama outreach

Whatever you choose to call it -- a charm offensive, an olive branch or just dinner -- President Barack Obama's outreach to congressional Republicans is certainly a change of pace.

Police in Tennessee town must take polygraphs

After a series of problems that included a police officer using a racial slur, the new police chief in a Tennessee town is trying to clean up his department's image by requiring all applicants to take a polygraph test.

6 teens killed, 2 injured when SUV crashes into pond

Six teenagers were killed and two other people were injured when the SUV they were in struck a guardrail, turned over, and crashed into a pond, officials say.

Death sentences over Egypt football riot spark new protests

Two people were killed and at least 15 injured Saturday in Cairo, officials said, as Egyptians in two rival cities took to the streets to vent their anger over court verdicts in a controversial case involving deadly riots at a soccer game.

Venezuela: Will 'Chavismo' survive?

Hugo Chavez's 14 years as president of Venezuela were so personality-driven that the movement behind him became known as "Chavismo."

Chimney raised over Sistine Chapel as cardinals prepare for conclave

Vatican workmen scaled the roof of the Sistine Chapel Saturday, as they installed the chimney which will release the black or white smoke that signifies whether a new pope has been elected.

Teeny-tiny Portland park has an itsy-bitsy theft

The last time Mill Ends Park was in the news, it was full of teeny-tiny plastic police officers, a whole lot of teeny-tiny protest signs, and one scrawny evergreen tree.