- Obama thrills crowd as he honors Mandela
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela's universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium.
- AP PHOTOS: Thousands gather to remember Mandela
They gathered by the tens of thousands in a Soweto soccer stadium, braving a cold rain to pay respects to Nelson Mandela: world leaders, family members and South Africans whose lives he helped change in his decades-long fight against apartheid. The list of dignitaries was long, ranging from President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro. And a handshake between those two men epitomized the spirit of reconciliation Mandela came to represent.
- Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that signaled possible thawing between the leaders of two Cold War foes.
- DC area, northeast seeing another round of snow
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Residents along the East Coast and in the Appalachians woke up to snow Tuesday, leading to widespread closures of schools and government offices and a near-disappearance of the traffic that usually strangles the Washington region.
- Thai democracy enters dangerous new crossroads
BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of protesters vying to topple Thailand's prime minister says his movement will establish what amounts to a parallel government — complete with "volunteer peacekeepers" to replace the police, a "people's council" to rule and a foreign policy to go with it.
- AP Study: Hits to head still prevalent in NFL
Almost once a game, an NFL player absorbs an illegal blow to the head or neck that could put his career — or worse — at risk.
- Figure skating champ Lysacek out of Sochi Games
Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip — "like you're being electrocuted" — would subside. And every day when he stepped on the ice, the searing throb of pain reminded him that passion alone can't fuel a dream.
- Quiet opening for baseball winter meeting
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox made the biggest news on the first day of the winter meetings, an indication of the timeout in the trade-and-signings market.
- Bears beat Cowboys 45-28 on Ditka Day
CHICAGO (AP) — Neither the brutal cold nor the league's worst defense could stop Josh McCown and the Bears.
- Grandmother of US luger killed in car crash in NY
TRENTON, N.Y. (AP) — The grandmother of U.S. Olympic Luge team member Erin Hamlin has been killed in a car crash in upstate New York.