By Mark Memmott
As for other stories making headlines, they include the serious and the not-so-serious:
-- The Associated Press -- Commission Orders Some Ballots Be Voided In Afghanistan: "The U.N.-backed commission investigating fraud in Afghanistan's Aug. 20 presidential election has issued its first orders to completely exclude some ballots from the final tally. A statement issued Thursday by the Electoral Complaints Commission says all ballots from five polling stations in Paktika province should be voided because they show clear evidence of fraud. This is a more severe step than ordering a recount, in which the votes could eventually be included."
Related statements from the commission -- Some ballots also voided in:
-- Dow Jones Newswire -- GM To Sell Opel To Canada's Magna: "General Motors Co. said Thursday it had made a decision on the future of German unit Adam Opel GmbH and its U.K. sister company Vauxhall, as people familiar with the matter told Dow Jones Newswires that GM's board had recommended a sale to a consortium led by Canadian car parts maker Magna International Inc."
-- New York Post -- Ellen Lands Place On Idol's Judging Panel: "Ellen DeGeneres is replacing Paula Abdul on American Idol. 'I just finally got the OK ... just moments ago to announce this to you today,' DeGeneres told her studio audience during yesterday's taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing today."
Related statement at AmericanIdol.com: "As the new judge, Ellen will offer her own unique perspective to the contestants throughout the competition."