- Raul Castro issues stern warning to entrepreneurs
HAVANA (AP) — President Raul Castro issued a stern warning to entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of Cuba's economic reform, telling parliament on Saturday that "those pressuring us to move faster are moving us toward failure."
- Obama keeping with tense situation in South Sudan
HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says any effort in South Sudan to seize power through military force will lead the U.S. and others to cut off support.
- Judge blocks cost-of-living cuts to pensions
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge on Friday blocked reductions to the annual cost-of-living raises on pension payments that thousands of retired local and state government employees receive.
- Bruce Rauner wins Cook County GOP endorsement
ALSIP, Ill. (AP) — Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner on Saturday won the Cook County Republican Party's endorsement in his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Illinois.
- PNM files plan for replacing lost coal-fired power
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest electric utility has a plan for replacing power that will be lost when it shutters two units at a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that's long been a target for environmentalists.
- Court docs: Rangers' Martin victim in ransom plot
MIAMI (AP) — Like many Cuban baseball stars, outfielder Leonys Martin dreamed of leaving the communist island for the bright lights and big money of Major League Baseball. Martin accomplished his goal in 2011 when he signed with the Texas Rangers, but not before what court documents and the Justice Department describe as a harrowing ordeal in which he was held for ransom in Mexico while his family members were kept under surveillance in South Florida.
- Illinois sheriff's investigator killed at party
BELLWOOD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois sheriff's investigator was fatally shot while trying to break up an armed robbery outside a family Christmas party, authorities said Saturday.
- RI Sen. Reed lead push for heating oil funding
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins are again leading efforts to increase funding for a federal program that helps lower-income families and seniors cover their home heating costs.
- Bloomberg leaves rich public health legacy in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Bloomberg steered New York City through economic recession, a catastrophic hurricane and the aftermath of 9/11, but he may always be remembered, accurately or not, as the mayor who wanted to ban the Big Gulp.
- 3 US military aircraft hit in S. Sudan, 4 wounded
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region where gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter the day before.
- Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky reunited with family
BERLIN (AP) — The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia.
- Even in willing states, health law's rollout rocky
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bug-ridden website. Endless wait times on a toll-free helpline. Error-laden data sent to insurance companies.
- Pa. Catholic groups win health care act ruling
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Catholic groups in western Pennsylvania received another favorable legal ruling in their fight over mandates in the federal health care overhaul law.
- Congress eyes spy review in surveillance logjam
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House review of U.S. surveillance programs has given Congress some temporary political cover after lawmakers failed this year to overhaul spy operations, and could break the legislative snarl that followed months of global outrage over privacy intrusions.
- Obama stresses economic issues in China envoy pick
WASHINGTON (AP) — Making Sen. Max Baucus the next ambassador to China reflects the importance the U.S. places on advancing its economic relationship with Beijing despite recent strains on security issues.