Network TV correspondents return home
For the first time since the war in Iraq began in 2003, none of the three major U.S. television networks has a correspondent stationed in the country. Although violence in Iraq has subsided, some 130,000 U.S. service members remain on duty there.
The New York Times

Fewer inmates executed
Thirty-seven inmates were executed in the U.S. in 2008, the lowest total in 14 years. Growing legal obstacles and the massive cost of executing an inmate—more than $30 million, including court costs—have dampened state officials’ enthusiasm for the death penalty.
 Los Angeles Times

World’s oldest person
The world’s oldest person is now 114-year-old Gertrude Baines of Los Angeles, who was born to former slaves during the Grover Cleveland administration. The previous titleholder died last week.
Associated Press

Americans stay put
Just 13 percent of the U.S. population changed addresses between 2006 and 2007, the lowest proportion to move since the Census Bureau began tracking mobility, after World War II. One major factor is that more families now have two breadwinners, which makes it harder to relocate. 
San Jose Mercury News

Slaves helped build the White House
Slaves helped build the White House that Barack Obama and his family will soon occupy. A dozen previous American presidents owned slaves.
The New Yorker