WASHINGTON -- Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested. U.S. troops are back in Iraq, the endgame in Afghanistan is requiring more troops -- and perhaps more risks -- than once expected and Obama is saddled with a worsening, high-stakes conflict in Syria. By Robert Burns and Deb Riechmann.
CONGRESSMAN-WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP
WASHINGTON -- The House's third-ranking Republican leader says he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist group and condemns the views of such groups. By Charles Babington. AP Photo.
NEW YORK -- A U.S. congressman who pleaded guilty to tax evasion just days ago has announced he'll resign from office next week because he would not be able to give the job his full attention anymore. By Larry Neumeister and Stephen Ohlemacher. AP Photo.
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton police say a man with a lengthy criminal record killed six adults and two young children before taking his own life in what the police chief is calling the city's worst mass murder.
NEW YEAR'S EVE
NEW YORK -- The giant glittering Waterford crystal ball is tested ahead of the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, where up to a million revelers are expected to ring in 2015. By Colleen Long. AP Photos.
With: NEW YEAR'S SNOW-VEGAS.
HAVANA -- Cuban officials arrested at least three members of the political opposition ahead of a protest art performance seen as the first major test of the government's tolerance for dissent since the declaration of detente with the U.S. By Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON -- If he runs for president in 2016 as expected, Texas Gov. Rick Perry would like to do so as a proven job-creator who molded Texas' strong economy in his own political gunslinger image. But what America remembers about him is "Oops," and that means more questions about whether Perry is ready for the national stage. By Will Weissert.
KILLINGS BY POLICE-THREATS
UPPER DARBY, Pennsylvania -- A man who had posted an online video threatening to kill police and FBI agents tried to use his car to run down officers seeking to arrest him on Tuesday so, fearing for their lives, they shot and killed him, authorities say.
KILLINGS BY POLICE-BERKELEY
BERKELEY, Missouri -- An internal police investigation confirmed an 18-year-old pointed a gun at an officer who shot him to death in a convenience store parking lot in suburban St. Louis last week, officials say. By Jim Salter. AP Photo.
With: POLICE ATTACKED; POLICE DEATHS.
NEW YORK MAYOR-POLICE
NEW YORK -- Mayor Bill de Blasio met privately for more than two hours Tuesday with the leaders of the New York Police Department's unions, aiming to mend a rift with rank-and-file officers that has threatened to overwhelm his young mayoralty.
MORELIA, Mexico -- The leaders of two rural vigilante groups and 35 of their members have surrendered to authorities following a clash that left 11 dead in the western state of Michoacan, a federal official says. By Gustavo Ruiz. AP Photos.
ARCELIA, Mexico -- When the witness refused to sign a false statement that 22 suspected members of a drug gang had died in a shootout with the Mexican army, state investigators kicked her in the ribs, put a bag over her head, plunged her face into a toilet bowl and beat her. One of three surviving witnesses to the June 30 mass killing by the Mexican army, the woman corroborated what another witness told The Associated Press -- that most members of the gang had surrendered before soldiers killed them. By Mark Stevenson. AP Photos.
HAYDEN, Idaho -- A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired, authorities say. By Nicholas K. Geranious. AP Photos.
HOUSTON -- Former President George H.W. Bush is released from a Houston hospital after a stay of about a week for treatment of shortness of breath. By Michael Graczyk.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
WASHINGTON -- Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed. By Economics Writer Paul Wiseman. AP Photo.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's government confirmed that the economy is struggling to emerge from a deep recession but President Nicolas Maduro said the crisis engulfing the oil-rich nation could have been a lot worse. By Jorge Rueda. AP Photos.
WEALTH GAP-SIBLING SPLIT
NEW YORK -- The same forces that have increasingly separated the richest Americans from everyone else is dividing brothers and sisters, too. It's given rise to a mix of often conflicting emotions -- jealousy and resentment, disappointment and distance, but also frequently understanding and respect. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. AP Photos.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
FILM-TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT
NEW YORK -- No filmmakers have better documented working-class lives than the Dardenne brothers, who have continually returned to their Belgian hometown of Seraing to dramatize the daily struggles to get by. In their latest, "Two Days, One Night," they work with their biggest star to date, Marion Cotillard. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. AP Photos.
TRAVEL-TRIP-5 FREE THINGS-BERKELEY
BERKELEY, California -- This famously liberal college town is known as the cradle of the Free Speech Movement, but speech isn't the only thing that's free here. By Michelle Locke. AP Photos.