HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama is warning Republicans in Congress that he won't hesitate to use his veto power to turn back legislation that would undo changes he has made on health care and the environment. By Josh Lederman. AP Photo.
WASHINGTON -- While President Barack Obama has not ruled out the possibility of reopening a U.S. Embassy in Iran, Republicans say the Senate will vote within weeks on a bill to impose more sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program. By Deb Riechmann.
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. airstrike in Somalia targeted a senior leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, the Pentagon says. By National Security Writer Robert Burns.
WASHINGTON -- A still undeclared candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton sits atop the prospective field of Democratic presidential candidates for 2016. But as Clinton has said before, if she runs again, she'll work as hard as any underdog. By Ken Thomas. AP Photos.
SEX TRAFFICKING-SUPPORTING VICTIMS
State after state in America are passing new laws to combat sex-trafficking, reflecting a growing awareness of the domestic industry after years in which Americans considered it a foreign problem -- something relegated to Eastern Europe or Asia. By National Writer David Crary. AP Photos.
HAVANA -- President Barack Obama told the world this month that engaging Cuba is the best way to strengthen people pushing for greater freedom on the island. Less than two weeks after it was announced, the U.S.-Cuba detente is upending the civil society Obama hoped to strengthen. By Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON -- A low-profile American diplomat born in Honduras to a prominent political family helped handle top-secret negotiations with Cuba for President Barack Obama. Ricardo Zuniga accompanied longtime Obama foreign policy aide Ben Rhodes to a series of meetings in Canada and at the Vatican that led to Obama's move to re-establish diplomatic ties with the Cold War foe. By Nedra Pickler.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- A wet floor caused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to slip and fracture her left ankle, the government said, providing the first details of the South American leader's latest of several health setbacks. By Almudena Calatrava. AP Photos.
NYC MAYOR'S FIRST YEAR
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio saw success at fulfilling many of his liberal campaign promises during his first year in office but has at times been overshadowed by events beyond his control, most notably the recent killings of two police officers amid a wave of protests against police conduct. By Jonathan Lemire. AP Photos.
NYPD OFFICERS SHOT
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio received some boos and heckles Monday at a police graduation ceremony, the latest chapter in his tension-filled relationship with the largest police force in the U.S. By Jonathan Lemire. AP Photos.
LA POLICE SHOOTING
LOS ANGELES -- An autopsy report released on a 25-year-old black man killed in a confrontation with Los Angeles police appears to affirm initial statements by officers about the struggle that led to the close-range shooting, police say. By Tami Abdollah. AP Photo.
With: POLICE SHOTS FIRED.
WASHINGTON -- A New York congressman who pleaded guilty to tax evasion is expected to resign before Congress returns to Washington next week. By Stephen Ohlemacher. AP Photo.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's opposition is blasting a string of key appointments it says will further bend the country's judiciary to the interests of President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. By Jorge Rueda.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
WASHINGTON -- The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015. After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries. China is slowing as it transitions from investment to consumption. Japan has slid into a recession. Russia appears headed for one. Europe is barely growing. By Christopher S. Rugaber. AP Photos.
TULSEQUAH CHIEF MINE
JUNEAU, Alaska -- A financial backer has pulled out of its arrangement with the company trying to reopen the Tulsequah Chief Mine in British Columbia.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
SONY HACK-THE INTERVIEW
LOS ANGELES-- Sony appears to have a win-win with "The Interview." Not only did the studio score a moral victory by releasing the film in the face of terrorist threats, the movie made at least $15 million from more than 2 million digital rentals and purchases in its first four days. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. AP Photo.
NEW YORK -- Talk about suffering for your art. Achieving his acclaimed performance as the masterful British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner in "Mr. Turner" took so much out of Timothy Spall, the veteran actor found himself kneeling down at the artist's tomb in St. Paul's Cathedral when it was all over -- and crying. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. AP Photos.
US-TRAVEL TRIPS-LAKE PLACID
LAKE PLACID, New York -- Perhaps it's the fresh-baked cookie that's offered to guests as they check into the Mirror Lake Inn, the village's crown jewel of lodging. Or perhaps it's how just about every quaint store and restaurant in town has some sort of reminder that miracles can, and have, happened there. Either way, it doesn't take long upon arriving in Lake Placid to realize there's something unique about the place.
TRAVEL-TRIP-NC MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL
RALEIGH, North Carolina -- One day, hikers will be able to step on a trail near one of Appalachia's highest peaks and follow an off-road path that ranges from leafy to sandy all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. By Jonathan Drew. AP Photos.