Bush to give farewell address

WASHINGTON - The White House said President George W. Bush will deliver a farewell address to the nation on Thursday night.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said Bush's prime-time address from the ornate East Room of the White House will be delivered in prime time. The specific time has not been set.

Perino said the speech is not going to be a 'swan song' about Bush's administration, but rather one that looks forward and shows graciousness to President-elect Barack Obama.

Senate will seat Burris this week

WASHINGTON - It looks like Roland Burris will take President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat later this week.

Senate Democratic leaders say they expect to swear in the former Illinois attorney general in the coming days, barring objections from Republicans.

Senators Harry Reid and Dick Durbin made that statement after Burris' lawyer met with Senate officials, who said his formal paperwork was in order.

Franken request turned down

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Democrat Al Franken was quickly turned down Monday when he asked Minnesota's governor and secretary of state to issue an election certificate that would let him take office in the Senate.

In letters the campaign sent to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Franken's lawyers argued that a seven-day waiting period for issuing the certificate after an election has passed and he should get the signed certificate. But the state officials said their hands were tied by state law and they could not act.

Madoff allowed to remain free

NEW YORK - A judge allowed disgraced investor Bernard Madoff to remain free on bail Monday, rejecting an attempt by prosecutors to send him to jail for mailing more than $1 million in jewelry to family and friends over the holidays.

The decision means Madoff will avoid having to leave the comfort of his $7 million penthouse and await trial in a cramped jail cell with nothing but bunkbeds, a sink and toilet. Madoff will remain under house arrest and under the constant watch of security guards.

The ruling further outraged investors who have been clamoring for Madoff to be sent to jail for allegedly carrying out the largest financial fraud in history. They find it shocking that Madoff is free on bail, despite distributing assets that could be used to help repay investors who lost billions.

Hunter's body found in lake

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Crews were searching a western Kentucky lake Monday for two young hunters missing since their boat overturned, killing one of the four aboard.

A day earlier, the body of one hunter was recovered from the lake, and a fourth teen was rescued from the cold water soon after the small boat capsized Saturday.

Searchers found the body of 18-year-old Trevor Williams in Little Bear Creek on Kentucky Lake, said Marshall County Coroner Mitchell Lee, who identified the rescued survivor as Tyler Heathcott.

ND gets blizzard after record snow

BISMARCK, N.D. - A fast-moving blizzard brought snow and high winds to North Dakota on Monday, closing schools and causing more headaches for residents still trying to dig out from a record snowfall last month.

Forecasters said a blast of cold air was on the way that could send the thermometer as low as 30 below zero.

Battle of Bulge officer dies

NEW YORK - Retired Lt. Gen. Harry W.O. Kinnard, a paratroop officer who suggested the famously defiant answer 'Nuts!' to a German demand for surrender during the 1944 Battle of the Bulge, has died. He was 93.

Kinnard, a career soldier who in later years was the principal architect of the Army's concept of using helicopters in infantry warfare in Vietnam, died in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 5.

On Dec. 22, 1944, Kinnard was present when four German couriers arrived at the American lines under a flag of truce with a written demand to surrender in two hours or face annihilation.

Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe laughed and remarked, 'Us surrender? Aw, nuts,' and then wondered aloud how he should reply.

As recalled later by himself and other witnesses, Kinnard suggested that McAuliffe tell the Germans 'what you just said ... nuts.'