- Obama focuses on a tough year's ups, not its downs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Has the fifth year of his presidency been its worst? President Barack Obama laughs off such questions even as he acknowledges many months of frustrating ups and down.
- Gay couples wed in Utah after judge overturns ban
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elisa Noel rushed to the county clerk's office with her partner immediately after learning that a federal judge overturned Utah's ban on gay marriage. They waited in line for a wedding license and were married in an impromptu ceremony punctuated with Noel giving the officiant a high-five.
- 10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways
Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:
- APNewsBreak: US military aircraft hit in S. Sudan
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Rebel fire hit two U.S. military aircraft responding to the outbreak in violence in South Sudan on Saturday, wounding three U.S. service members and heavily damaging at least one of the aircraft, officials said. South Sudan blamed the attack on renegade troops in control of the breakaway region.
- NASA astronauts begin urgent spacewalking repairs
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts ventured out Saturday on the first of a series of urgent repair spacewalks to revive a crippled cooling line at the International Space Station.
- California girl to be kept on life support
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy should be kept on life support for the time being, a judge has ruled.
- US holiday travelers brace for foul, wet weather
CHICAGO (AP) — Freezing rain. Snow. Thunderstorms. Even tornadoes. Much of the nation braced for foul weather on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, as a wet winter storm created travel worries from Chicago and Detroit to Boston and New York.
- Obama names China envoy, economic ties in mind
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nomination of veteran Sen. Max Baucus as U.S. ambassador to China reflects the importance to Washington of advancing the economic relationship with the Asian power despite recent strains on security issues.
- Widow gets remains of soldier lost in Korean War
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went off to war 63 years ago, leaving behind a wife who never gave up on his return.
- Memorials to mark Lockerbie attack anniversary
LONDON (AP) — Senior British politicians and some of the families of those who died in the 1988 airliner bombing over Scotland will gather in London and Scotland for memorials marking the attack's 25th anniversary.
- 35 bowl games, 35 reasons to watch
Starting Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., and ending Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif., 35 bowl games will be played.
- Packers rule out Rodgers for Steelers game
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Packers have ruled out Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- US and Canadian women's hockey teams fight again
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Jocelyne Lamoureux took exception to Brianne Jenner's late run at Josephine Pucci, setting off another fiery round in the U.S. women's hockey team's rivalry with Canada.
- Obama: Sochi group shows US doesn't discriminate
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the delegation he's sending to Russia for the Winter Olympics shows the United States doesn't make distinctions on the basis of sexual orientation.
- Orioles LHP Patton gets 25-game drug suspension
NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Troy Patton was suspended by Major League Baseball on Friday for the first 25 games of next season after a positive test for a banned amphetamine.