- South African police prepare for Mandela ceremony
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Workers busily constructed a stage Monday at the Soweto soccer stadium where world leaders will eulogize Nelson Mandela before tens of thousands of mourners, as police promised tight security.
- Purge sends chilling message to NKorea's elite
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — While the rest of North Korea's top brass leaped to their feet before Kim Jong Un, clapping wildly in a requisite show of respect at high-level meetings, his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, often seemed nonchalant, at times even bored. Once considered the force behind the young leader, he displayed a bold insouciance that seemed calculated to show he was beyond reach.
- Big storm dumps snow on East Coast, travel dicey
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A plodding storm that dumped heavy snow on the unsuspecting Mid-Atlantic region left roads slippery and slushy in the Northeast for Monday's commute while travel disruptions continued rippling across the country days after the same system first began wreaking havoc in the skies.
- Rising riches: 1 in 5 in US reaches affluence
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just the wealthiest 1 percent.
- Congress ready to extend ban on plastic firearms
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines is shaping up as a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
- Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to baseball Hall
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
- FIFA calls fan violence in Brazil 'very sad'
SAO PAULO (AP) — With disturbing images of fans hitting each other shown across Brazil, soccer's governing body downplayed the risk of violence inside stadiums during the World Cup.
- 5 things to know after Saints paste Panthers 31-13
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
- Florida St-Auburn title game to usher out BCS era
As college football prepares for the final Bowl Championship Series, featuring a Florida State-Auburn championship game, it's easy to see why the coming four-team playoff won't solve all the postseason problems.
- Kobe happy to make comeback, even in Lakers loss
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After nearly eight months of recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, Kobe Bryant is back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers.