A Pentagon judge has withdrawn charges against Guantanamo detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of participating in the deadly October 2000 attack on the USS Cole. He remains in custody and can be charged again.
Leon Panetta, President Barack Obama's choice to head the CIA, has made clear he would break with Bush administration policy against terror suspects, saying detainees would not be subjected to torture.
Tapes released of the moments before US Airways Flight 1549 splashed down in New York's Hudson River reveal that the pilot remained calm before his unexpected Jan. 15 landing. All 150 passengers and five crew managed to evacuate safely.
The US Senate has voted to retain a softened "Buy American" clause in the $900 billion stimulus plan which has angered allies and risks setting off a trade war. US President Barack Obama has criticised the restriction.
Newly-appointed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to reduce the use of private security contractors in overseas operations. She said a review is being carried out following a series of scandals involving private companies.
President Barack Obama has signed a bill extending medical care to an extra four million children. The legislation represents an early victory for Democrats in Congress, and is similar to a bill twice vetoed by former president George W. Bush.