- World leaders, South Africans honor Mandela
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — World leaders and joyous, singing South Africans gathered Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a Soweto soccer stadium that was half full, amid cold, driving rain.The crowds twice booed South African President Jacob Zuma, who was to give the keynote address at the service, which started an hour late.
- Tech firms vie to protect personal data, profits
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.The industry's profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency trolls deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers. As a result, companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are becoming more aggressive in their attempts to counter any perception that they voluntarily give the government access to users' email and other sensitive information.
- Western envoys go to Kiev hoping to defuse crisis
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Top Western diplomats headed to Kiev Tuesday to try to defuse a stand-off between President Viktor Yanukovych's government and thousands of demonstrators, following a night in which police in riot gear dismantled protesters' encampments outside government buildings.Demonstrators have occupied the Ukrainian capital for weeks opposing Yanukovych's decision to freeze ties with the European Union and tilt to Russia instead.
- Newtown's year: Horror, grief and tough choices
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A year later, inside the big house on Berkshire Road, dolls fill the shelves of a living room and flowers and rainbows decorate a kitchen window, next to a little girl's name: Avielle.Outside, all around town, Christmas lights shimmer again. But so, too, do the 26 bronze stars that sit atop the local firehouse, one for each adult and child gunned down at a school one unimaginable day.
- Economic experiment shows limits of NKorean change
RAJIN, North Korea (AP) — Many of the ways in which this dusty, windswept area differs from most of North Korea are easiest to see at night.Although there are traffic lights in other cities, the ones in Rason actually light up. The avenues are broad and paved, and along the main street, colorful, decorative lights outline the edges of buildings. Foreign-owned or funded industries and businesses including a casino — one of only two in the whole country — have helped create an oasis of light in an otherwise inky black and largely empty countryside.
- 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.Instead, Chicago jumped right back into the playoff race.
- 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.The trio of retired managers was elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday in a unanimous vote by the expansion era committee. The other big news was the retirement of two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay after 16 seasons at age 36.
- AP source: Wake chooses Bowling Green's Clawson
Wake Forest has hired Dave Clawson from Bowling Green as its next football coach, a person familiar with the situation said.The person said a news conference to introduce Clawson was expected Tuesday in Winston-Salem, N.C. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the move had not been announced by either school.
- Heisman: Winston, Manziel, Lynch among 6 finalists
NEW YORK (AP) — Jameis Winston will have plenty of company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony — though he's not expected to have much competition.The Florida State quarterback was among a record-tying six Heisman finalists revealed Monday, along with Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Auburn's Tre Mason and Boston College's Andre Williams.
- Patriots put TE Gronkowski on IR with knee injury
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots must get used to playing without Rob Gronkowski again.The star tight end who missed the first six games while recovering from surgeries is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve Monday with a damaged right knee.