The Best of 2008: Counting Down ABC News' Most Popular Stories

Read the story Who's Next? List of Troubled Banks Worries Wall Street, DC.

Another popular economic story addressed the Senate vote on the $700 billion bailout. Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain left the campaign trail so they could return to Washington in time for the vote.

It was the first time the presidential candidates were back in Washington after McCain "suspended" his campaign to concentrate on the economic crisis, when both he and Obama met with President George W. Bush on the issue.

Shortly after that meeting, the bailout deal unraveled amid bitter accusations that each side had politicized the issue and contributed to the shocking House vote to defeat it.

Read the story: Candidates Leave Campaign Trail, Head to DC for Bailout Vote.

10 Cosmetic Procedures You Should Avoid

While consumers continue to flock to doctors in the hopes of improving their appearance, plastic and cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists say there are a number of procedures of which consumers should be especially wary.

A report suggested that despite worries over an economic downturn, Americans are still spending money on procedures intended to make them look better. The annual report, issued by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, showed that the number of cosmetic procedures performed continued its steady rise last year to a total of nearly 12 million.

The list of procedures that are least likely to offer results that justify their risks include mesotherapy, lipodissolve, cosmetic foot surgery, buttock implants and tattoed makeup.

Read the story: 10 Cosmetic Procedures You Should Avoid.

Natalee Holloway Suspect: 'I Know What Happened'

Joran van der Sloot, a former suspect in the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway, said on surveillance recordings aired on a Dutch TV special that Holloway appeared to be lifeless on an Aruban beach three years ago during a romantic tryst and "she'll never be found."

"I know what happened to that girl," van der Sloot announced during 20 hours of private conversations secretly recorded by crime reporter Peter R. de Vries.

Her body, van der Sloot said, had been dumped in the ocean by a friend with a boat.

"We're on the beach," he said on the recordings, according to the Dutch TV show. "Suddenly, she wasn't moving anymore."

Van der Sloot claimed he was lying in the secretly recorded conversations with Patrick van der Eem, a person he thought was a friend, but who was secretly working undercover for de Vries and his team of Dutch crime reporters.

Read the story: Holloway Suspect: 'I Know What Happened'.

Leibovitz Defends Provocative Miley Cyrus Pics

Annie Leibovitz, the photographer who shot provocative photos of Miley Cyrus for the June issue of Vanity Fair, defended her depiction of the 15-year-old star.

"I'm sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted," she said in a statement released by Vanity Fair. "Miley and I looked at fashion photographs together and we discussed the picture in that context before we shot it. The photograph is a simple, classic portrait, shot with very little makeup, and I think it is very beautiful."

Cyrus said she was "embarrassed" by the photos and apologized to her fans.

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