WASHINGTON (AP) - Closing out a tumultuous year, President Barack Obama laid the groundwork Friday for his last year in office, vowing not to fade into the background but instead use his remaining months to push longstanding goals to fruition.
MIAMI (AP) - Students in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Houston are heading to school Thursday, hours after school officials in those cities received threats similar to the ones received by the Los Angeles and New York school districts earlier this week.
BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday after jurors couldn't reach a decision in the manslaughter trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, whose injury in police custody sparked weeks of protests and fueled the nation's scrutiny of how police treat black suspects.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Taking a harder line on crimes no longer seen as juvenile pranks, state lawmakers around the U.S. are proposing stiffer penalties for people who threaten schools at a time of fears over terrorism and mass shootings.
NEW YORK (AP) - While big-city jails get most of the attention, lockups in small and medium-sized counties have actually driven the overall explosion in the U.S. inmate population, according to a new analysis of 45 years of jail statistics.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Pete Rose's plea for reinstatement on Monday, citing his continued gambling and evidence that he bet on games when he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds.
LE BOURGET, France (AP) - Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.