Topics: October 19

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• A defiant Saddam Hussein (search) pleaded innocent to charges of murder and torture as his long-awaited trial began today with the one-time dictator arguing about the legitimacy of the court and scuffling with guards. Dana Lewis was there and brings us a report.

• Confirmation hearings for White House counsel Harriet Miers (search), President Bush's choice to succeed Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court, will commence the first week of November. Carl Cameron has the latest from Miers’ road to confirmation.

• Then, in a speech to mid-career Communist Party (search) officials preparing for senior leadership positions in Beijing, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld again criticized Beijing's military expansion. Bret Baier has more on the defense secretary's trip to China.

• The CIA leak investigation is entering its final days, but will there be indictments? Major Garrett takes a look at where the investigation might lead.

• Plus, will the U.S. use military force against Syria and Iran? Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (search) isn’t ruling out the possibility. James Rosen has details from Rice’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations concerning Iraq.

• While Hurricane Wilma (search) exploded into the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are discussing how FEMA and the federal government should better handle disaster response. Brian Wilson takes a look at possible reform at the agency.

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