COPY-News Minute: One American dead in Afghanistan...Bush in Saudi Arabia...Britney Spears not in court

Associated Press - January 14, 2008 4:03 PM ET

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The State Department says at least one American was among the six people killed in an attack on a popular luxury hotel in the capital of Afghanistan. The attack involved a suicide bomber and gunmen who opened fire and threw grenades. Officials say 2 of the militant attackers were killed.

BAGHDAD (AP) - A Sunni judge has been assassinated in Baghdad. The judge was ambushed by gunmen in two cars as he was being driven to work this morning. The killing is the latest in thousands of unsolved cases involving targeted officials and professionals in Iraq.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - President Bush is in Saudi Arabia meeting with King Abdullah. The leaders were expected to discuss peace and democracy in the Middle East, and possibly the issue of rising oil prices. It's Bush's first trip to the oil-rich kingdom.

BOSTON (AP) - Officials in New England say they're having trouble keeping roads clear as a fast-moving winter storm drops snow on the region. Forecasters expect more than a foot of snow in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Thousands have lost power in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears was nowhere to be seen today as a court hearing her child custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline began in Los Angeles. Neither party was required to be at the hearing, but Federline's lawyer has suggested that Spears' presence would be important.

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