- Trump taps former campaign rival Carson as housing secretary
NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump, moving closer to filling his Cabinet, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Mistrial declared in black motorist's shooting
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial Monday after a jury deadlocked in the murder trial of a white, former police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.
- Families brace for news that loved ones among fire victims
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Terry Ewing is waiting for the confirmation he already knows in his heart: His girlfriend was among the dozens killed in the Oakland warehouse fire.
- Music lovers, teacher among those killed in warehouse fire
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A teacher, the son of a sheriff's deputy and young artists and music lovers were among those killed when a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a dance party.
- Focus of recount effort shifts to Michigan, Pennsylvania
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Presidential candidate Jill Stein's fight to force ballot recounts in three states focused Monday on Pennsylvania, where her Green Party was seeking an emergency federal court order for a statewide recount, and Michigan, where a hand recount began on the orders of a federal judge.
- 2 Russian nurses killed in rebel shelling of Syria's Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Rebel shelling killed two Russian nurses and eight civilians Monday in Aleppo, and a Russian fighter jet crashed as it was returning to an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean after a sortie over Syria, but the pilot ejected safely, Moscow officials said.
- By accident or design, Trump signals tougher China policy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether by accident or design, President-elect Donald Trump is signaling a tougher American policy toward China, sparking warnings from both the outgoing Obama administration and Beijing.
- Man convicted in son's hot-car death gets life, no parole
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge on Monday sentenced a Georgia man to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury found that he intentionally left his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.
- Judge: Prosecutors can use Bill Cosby's deposition at trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Damaging testimony that Bill Cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit, including admissions that he gave young women drugs and alcohol before sex, can be used at his sex assault trial, a judge ruled Monday.
- Renzi told to stay put a bit more; foes press for vote
ROME (AP) — Calls mounted rapidly Monday from populist and other opposition leaders for quick elections in Italy, seeking to capitalize on Premier Matteo Renzi's humiliating defeat in a referendum on government-championed reforms.
- Column: Will Selig's entry crack open door to Hall of Fame?
Everything about baseball got bigger during Bud Selig's reign as commissioner.
- Dodgers keep free-agent pitcher Rich Hill with 3-year deal
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Those days of pitching for the Long Island Ducks, out of the majors and almost out of luck, happily seem far away now for Rich Hill.
- Melancon, Giants reach $62M, 4-year deal pending physical
The San Francisco Giants say they have agreed to a $62 million, four-year contract with closer Mark Melancon, pending a physical.
- Villanova back at No. 1 in AP Top 25 men's hoops poll
Villanova had to make an adjustment last season after being ranked No. 1 for the first time. Even before losing to Xavier, the Wildcats had trouble with the louder fans, teams playing them harder and higher expectations.
- Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn't play favorites
A lot of NFL head coaches have a different standard for stars, subscribing to the philosophy of treating everyone equitably but not necessarily equally.