- John Glenn, the 1st American to orbit Earth, has died at 95
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.
- Trump heads west to meet with Ohio State victims, families
NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is taking on a somber task Thursday that became all too familiar to his predecessor — supporting survivors after an outbreak of violence, this time families and victims from last week's attack at Ohio State University.
- Chief of staff Priebus? Some Trump loyalists still dubious
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President-elect Donald Trump tapped Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, Republican leaders cheered the prospect of a close ally having a top White House job.
- Russia says Aleppo combat suspended, residents say no let-up
BEIRUT (AP) — Russia said the Syrian army was suspending combat operations in Aleppo late Thursday to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and fighters reported no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign on the opposition's ever-shrinking enclave.
- Attorney: Dylann Roof's mom had heart attack during trial
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof's mother suffered a heart attack not long after prosecutors described how her son planned a cold and calculated killing of nine black church members in a racially motivated attack, the white man's attorney said in court documents Thursday.
- Oakland artists fear crackdown after Ghost Ship fire
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Ghost Ship is now gone. But there's The Salt Lick, the Death Trap and other communal collectives where artists are holding emergency meetings behind locked metal doors.
- Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter.
- Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The illegally occupied warehouse where 36 partygoers burned to death was not in the database Oakland fire inspectors use to schedule what are supposed to be annual inspections of commercial buildings, a firefighter with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.
- APNewsBreak: Effort to stem homegrown US extremism launches
BOSTON (AP) — A federally backed effort to stem the rise of homegrown extremists is underway in Massachusetts, nearly three years after the White House announced the initiative on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds.
- US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase
NEW YORK (AP) — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.
- Winners, losers and trends at baseball's winter meetings
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — All-Star closers Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon and Wade Davis moved to different bullpens. Chris Sale boosted a big rotation in Boston. And the Washington Nationals got their fans talking — a lot.
- Full circle: RG3 back as Browns starting quarterback
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Three months later, Robert Griffin III is starting anew with the Browns.
- Police investigating racist graffiti in Giants player's home
MOONACHIE, N.J. (AP) — Police are investigating a break-in and the scrawling of racist graffiti at the New Jersey home of a New York Giants player.
- AP source: Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen — a very rich spot, too.
- NASCAR star Earnhardt cleared to race again after concussion
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr., who missed the final 18 races of last season because of a concussion, has been medically cleared to return next year.