- Health care sign-ups pick up but may not close gap
WASHINGTON (AP) — With time running short, the nation's health care rolls still aren't filling up fast enough.
- Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year
NEW YORK (AP) — Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
- Key support for budget deal; deficits would rise
WASHINGTON (AP) — A newly minted budget deal to avert future government shutdowns gained important ground Wednesday among House Republicans who are more accustomed to brinkmanship than compromise, even though it would nudge federal deficits higher three years in a row.
- Black and white, thousands bid farewell to Mandela
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Black and white, old and young, South Africans by the thousands paid final tribute Wednesday to their beloved Nelson Mandela. In silence or murmuring, they filed past the coffin. Some glanced back, as if clinging to the sight, a moment in history.
- Pilot who crashed at SFO worried about landing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pilot of the jet that crash-landed at San Francisco's airport last summer worried privately before takeoff about handling the Boeing 777, especially because runway construction meant he would have to land without any help from a common type of guidance system.
- Ukrainian leader offers talks, protesters say no
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Opposition leaders in Ukraine rejected President Viktor Yanukovych's offer of talks Wednesday, saying they will not sit down with him until he fires his government and releases all arrested demonstrators.
- Prosecutor: no domestic charges against Zimmerman
MIAMI (AP) — George Zimmerman will not face domestic violence charges because his girlfriend did not wish to pursue the case and there was scant evidence of a crime, a state prosecutor said Wednesday.
- FDA takes steps to phase out antibiotics in meat
WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.
- Interpreter for deaf at Mandela event called fake
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As one world leader after another paid homage to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service, the man standing at arm's length from them appeared to interpret their words in sign language. But advocates for the deaf say he was a faker.
- MLB intends to ban plate collisions
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions, possibly as soon as next season but no later than by 2015.
- Shanahan sits RG3; Cousins will start for Redskins
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — It takes quite the sales job to explain why a medically cleared Robert Griffin III won't play for the rest of the season.
- Alabama's McCarron keeps pledge with Heisman trip
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — AJ McCarron has helped Alabama reach several prime destinations, from New Orleans to Miami and Southern California.
- Vonn to skip St. Moritz, return on Dec. 21
Mapping out her Olympics preparation after a three-race test, Lindsey Vonn will skip this weekend's World Cup stop at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and is planning to return to the circuit in a downhill at Val d'Isere, France, on Dec. 21.
- Chiefs relying on cast of misfits during dream run
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles make the headlines for the Kansas City Chiefs and rightfully so. The quarterback and running back are the biggest names on one of the NFL's surprise teams.