*Study shows that merging late speeds traffic

Y! News - Detroit - Tom Greenwood, DETROIT NEWS STAFF WRITER I freely admit that I detest late lane mergers. You know who I'm talking about: those drivers who race along in an empty lane and then push their way into traffic where the road …

*Troubled cruise shows unpredictability of the sea

A luxury cruise liner that limped into San Diego after a fire knocked out its power was lucky in many ways — no one was killed or even seriously hurt, a nearby Navy vessel came quickly with supplies and the mishap occurred in tranquil waters.

*Top Russian spy defects

Remember that Russian spy-ring that authorities rounded up back in June? Right, that one. Well, it looks like members of the operation were betrayed by their boss. And it turns out he has defected to the United States, throwing Russia's foreign intelligence service into turmoil.

*Texas man executed doubt

AP -. A DNA test on a hair? doubt the guilt of a man arrested in death of Texas made 10 years murder

*G20 faces urgent task to avert trade war

Leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies faced the urgent task at their summit Friday of resolving a U.S.-China currency dispute that has raised the specter of a global trade war.

*Jobless targeted in welfare shake-up in UK

The coalition unveiled plans Thursday to stop handouts for up to three years to jobless who refuse work, in the biggest shake-up in the history of the welfare state, a day after violent protests rocked London.

*Olbermann returns to MSNBC on Tuesday

MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced Sunday night that "Countdown" host Keith Olbermann will return to the air on Tuesday. The announcement comes just two days after he was suspended "indefinitely" for contributing to three 2010 candidates without prior consent from the network.

*Clayburgh’s co-star had no idea she was sick

AP - In one of her final roles, Jill Clayburgh plays the mom of charismatic Viagra salesman Jamie Reidy (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the romantic comedy "Love and Other Drugs."

*Myanmar holds rare elections amid heavy criticism

AP - Voters in Myanmar's first election in 20 years cast their ballots Sunday amid both a barrage of criticism that the balloting was rigged in favor of the ruling military and hope that some change toward democratic reform might nonetheless follow. Yahoo! News: Most Viewed

*Iran cuts boost prices and worries for leaders

AP - The most potent challenge to Iran's ruling system may not be international sanctions or the homegrown political opposition, but something as simple as a shopping list. Yahoo! News: Most Viewed