By ALAN CLENDENNING and RAY FAURE, Associated Press
December 11, 2013 11:01 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — The sign-language interpreter on stage at Nelson Mandela's globally broadcast memorial service was a faker who was just waving his arms around meaninglessly, advocates for the deaf said Wednesday.
By David Bauder, Associated Press
December 11, 2013 10:31 a.m.
NEW YORK — 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.
By CHARLES BABINGTON and JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press
December 11, 2013 10:27 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Americans' perceptions of President Barack Obama are falling not only on his handling of the economy and other big issues, but also on more personal qualities such as honesty, a poll finds.
By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
December 11, 2013 10:25 a.m.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress' erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans' attitudes about their lawmakers.
By JESSICA HERNDON, Associated Press
December 11, 2013 10:24 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Steve McQueen's historic saga "12 Years a Slave" topped the nominations list for 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Wednesday, boosting its Academy Awards prospects with four nominations.
By JIM HEINTZ and MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press
December 11, 2013 10:21 a.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — Opposition protesters in Ukraine have rejected President Viktor Yanukovych's offer of talks, saying they will not sit down with him until he fires his government and releases all arrested demonstrators.
By Zachary A. Goldfarb, The Washington Post
December 11, 2013 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Government programs such as food stamps and unemployment insurance have made significant progress in easing the plight of the poor in the half-century since the launch of the war on poverty, according to a major new study.
By HOPE YEN, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 9:05 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Young American women are increasingly likely to receive pay nearly equal to their male counterparts, with earnings at 93 percent of men, a new study finds. Still, those women remain as pessimistic as their mothers and grandmothers regarding gender equality.
By KRISTA LARSON and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 5:09 p.m.
BANGUI, Central African Republic — More than 500 people have been killed over the past week in sectarian fighting in the Central African Republic, aid officials said Tuesday, as France reported that gunmen fatally shot two of its soldiers who were part of the intervention to disarm thousands of rebels accused of attacking civilians.
By Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg News
December 10, 2013 12:59 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is starting to feel the impact of a campaign to persuade musical acts to boycott the company's marine parks because of the use of killer whales as performers.