- 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) — A federal judge struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that marks a drastic shift toward gay marriage in a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it.
- 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.
- Obama says 1 million signed up for health care
WASHINGTON (AP) — His health care plan facing a dicey transition, President Barack Obama said Friday that insurance sign-ups are surging now that the government's website is working better for consumers. But it was too soon to say the rollout has turned the corner.
- 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.
- Neighbors say Nevada gunman had botched vasectomy
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities on Friday were trying to determine whether a Northern California man's anger over complications he suffered from a 2010 surgery prompted him to go on a shooting rampage at a Nevada urologist's office, killing one doctor and critically wounding another before committing suicide.
- Momentum gains to unite ancient Cambodian statues
PREAH VIHEAR PROVINCE, Cambodia (AP) — Rising out of the jungle on white pillars, the new Preah Vihear Museum's largest building stands empty. But Cambodian officials hope that one day it will be the place where nine ancient statues depicting a dramatic battle scene are reunited from around the world.
- Fats Domino named 'honorary grand marshal'
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The music of rock 'n' roll Hall of Fame performer Fats Domino will "float" through the streets of New Orleans this Carnival season.
- 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.