All the News That Fits. . . North Korea Goes Atomic, Congress Celebrates Victory in Iraq and More

  • International commotion erupts after North Korea declares intention to test its nuclear capabilities. China, Korea, Japan, along with dignitaries ranging from Condoleeza Rice to the Russian Foreign Ministry to Kofi Annan beseech the rogue state to drop the tests, return the table and talk it out. Mildly eccentric media mogul and disarmament activist Ted Turner says he'd like to moderate.
  • U.S. Population meter ticks towards 300,000,000 residents.
  • Cuts in oil output by Nigeria and Venezuela foretell higher gas prices in December.
  • Running 10 points beneath Lieberman, Lamont scraps together another half-million dollars from his own net worth.
  • Too soon? Congress quietly slipped an unusual item into the 2006 spending bill: 20 million dollars "for commemoration of success" in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Snows of Kilimanjaro: For whatever reason, Al Gore-induced or not, the mountains of East Africa are losing their phenomenal equatorial snow. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, is expected to be bare rock by 2020. Not only do these snows bring nature tourists in the thousands annually, and inspire myths and religious thinking among its locals, but they form the headwaters of the Niles, and act as a reservoir for millions.