By Rosalind Bentley, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 26, 2014 10:13 a.m.
ATLANTA — For weeks the question has been asked across social media, on news talk shows and in casual conversations among friends: Why did it take many of Bill Cosby's accusers decades to come forward with allegations of sexual assault against him?
By TALI ARBEL, Associated Press
December 26, 2014 10:11 a.m.
NEW YORK — This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world. The global economy sputtered, but the U.S. powered ahead. Employers are finally hiring enough to lower unemployment. A plunge in gas prices and a rising stock market has Americans feeling richer and spending a bit more.
By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press
December 26, 2014 12:05 p.m.
DUBLIN — A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die — a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland’s strict ban on abortion in an age of medical innovation.
By LYNNE O'DONNELL, Associated Press
December 26, 2014 10:10 a.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan — When Graeme Smith arrived in Afghanistan in 2005, he drove across the country from Kabul south to the Talban's former capital Kandahar on a newly paved road that cut travelling time from a bone-rattling 14 hours to just six.
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press
December 25, 2014 7:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, the White House chef also is hanging it up.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen attacked the African Union's main base in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Thursday, leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that killed at least nine people, including three soldiers, an official with the mission in Somalia said.
By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press
December 25, 2014 6:15 p.m.
VATICAN CITY — A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from violence in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and elsewhere.
By MATT DUNHAM and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press
December 25, 2014 6:14 p.m.
SANDRINGHAM, England — Queen Elizabeth II used her traditional Christmas broadcast Thursday to call for reconciliation throughout the United Kingdom and to praise medical workers fighting Ebola in Africa.
By ANUPAM NATH, Associated Press
December 25, 2014 10:02 a.m.
SHAMUKJULI, India — Instead of celebrating Christmas in her home, Rina Vor and her four young children were huddled in a church Thursday along with hundreds of other survivors of a rebel massacre that killed 72 members of her tribe.