BEIJING — Smog choking central and eastern China caused authorities Saturday to issue an orange alert as the number of people seeking treatment in hospitals for respiratory problems jumped and sales of air filters and masks skyrocketed.
By ADRIAN SAINZ and JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press
December 7, 2013 9:09 p.m.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A late fall cold snap that has gripped much of the country is being blamed for a handful of deaths and has forced people to deal with frigid temperatures, power outages by the thousands and treacherous roads.
By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press
December 7, 2013 9:05 p.m.
NEW YORK — A personal trainer jumps down onto the subway tracks to save an unconscious man as a train barrels down. A trucker stops to pull a driver from a burning car. A quick-thinking plumber uses his belt as a tourniquet to save a woman badly injured in a crash.
By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press
December 7, 2013 9 p.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — While Ukrainian opposition leaders continued calls to oust the country's president, leaders of a huge protest camp in the heart of Kiev had another pressing concern to keep demonstrations alive: wool socks.
By HAVEN DALEY, Associated Press
December 7, 2013 8:58 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — A tired but smiling 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained in North Korea for several weeks returned home Saturday to applause from supporters, yellow ribbons tied to pillars outside his home and the warm embrace of his family.
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, Associated Press
December 7, 2013 8:54 p.m.
In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.
By KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press
December 7, 2013 8:52 p.m.
BANGUI, Central African Republic — France and the African Union on Saturday announced plans to deploy several thousand more troops into embattled Central African Republic, as thousands of Christians sought refuge from the Muslim former rebels who control the country after days of violence killed nearly 400 people — and possibly more — and Muslim civilians hid from Christian militias.
By Simon Denyer, The Washington Post
December 7, 2013 8:43 p.m.
SHANGHAI — For the first few weeks, Shen Yongmei was told to sit on a rough plastic stool from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., her back absolutely straight, her hands on her knees, and stare in silence at three sentences painted on a wall.
By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press
December 7, 2013 8:37 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Saturday he believed the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50-50 or worse, yet defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.
By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press
December 7, 2013 4:39 p.m.
Barring uncharacteristically swift work by Congress, more than a million victims of the recession will lose long-term employment benefits over the holidays, the price of milk could shoot up in late winter and government payments might fall sharply for doctors who treat Medicare patients.