By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press
December 23, 2014 3:38 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5 percent annual rate last quarter, the fastest since 2003, fueled by consumer and business spending. The surge confirmed that the economy is steadily improving and outshining others around the world.
By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press
December 23, 2014 9:36 a.m.
MOSCOW — With its economy spiraling toward recession following Western sanctions and a dramatic fall in the price of oil, Russia took another step Tuesday to shore up the value of the ruble, which has been one of the world's worst-performing currencies this year.
By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press
December 22, 2014 8:29 p.m.
HONOLULU — President Barack Obama rang in 2014 by declaring a "year of action," vowing to strengthen the nation by focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. Since Congress seemed unwilling to help, the president said he'd act alone.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer fired after fatally shooting a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday, while the U.S. attorney said hours later that there will be a federal investigation of the case.
By FELICIA FONSECA and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press
December 22, 2014 7:35 p.m.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse.
By CARA ANNA, Associated Press
December 22, 2014 7:22 p.m.
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council took up the issue of North Korea's bleak human rights situation for the first time Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. North Korea quickly denounced the move.
By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press
December 22, 2014 7:21 p.m.
HAVANA — Cuba said Monday it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign yet that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America's most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral ties.
By DALTON BENNETT, Associated Press
December 22, 2014 5 p.m.
MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq — Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy resistance from Islamic State fighters whose snipers fired at the attackers and who used burning tires to create a smoke screen against coalition airstrikes.
By ALAN CLENDENNING, Associated Press
December 22, 2014 1:49 p.m.
MADRID — Spain's Princess Cristina was indicted on tax fraud charges Monday — a severe setback to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to rid the royalty of image problems after his scandal-plagued father abdicated six months ago.
By JACK ELLIOTT Jr., Associated Press
December 22, 2014 12:57 p.m.
PARCHMAN, Miss. — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Time has not softened his views and he remains an ardent segregationist.