Illinois officials weighing options for Obama seat (AP)

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs his Chicago home carrying a folder labeled 'Health/Capital/Budget,' Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008.  Blagojevich left his North Side home, and his vehicle was later seen parked outside the offices of a high-profile defense attorney. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AP – Illinois officials say they’re trying to figure out how to ensure that the process of choosing the person to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat is not tainted by that state’s political scandal.

Zubkov edges Holcomb in 4-man World Cup bobsled (AP)

Alexsandr Zubkov of Russia won a four-man bobsled race Sunday, edging Steven Holcomb of the United States for his first World Cup victory of the season. Zubkov and teammates Roman Oreshnikov, Dmitry Trunenkov and Dmitry Stepushkin posted the fastest time in both heats and won in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 42.34 seconds.

Bush’s farewell Iraq trip highlights security gain (AP)

President George W. Bush, right, walks with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Baghdad.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)AP – President George W. Bush on Sunday made a farewell visit to Iraq, a place that defines his presidency for better or worse, just 37 days before he hands the war off to a successor who has pledged to end it.

More outages possible in ice-ravaged Northeast (AP)

A horse breaks up the icy ground cover for food in Hillsborough, N.H., Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. More than 1 million homes and business in the Northeast lost power following an ice storm Friday. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)AP – Utility officials trying to recover from the devastating ice storm in the Northeast warned there could be more outages Sunday as drooping branches shed ice and snap back to their original positions, potentially taking out more power lines.

White House: No immediate deal on auto loans (AP)

AP – Don’t expect an announcement Sunday or Monday from the White House on a possible plan to prevent the collapse of the troubled auto industry. That’s the latest word from White House officials.