PRESIDENTIAL RACE-REPUBLICAN DEBATE
WASHINGTON -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz enters Tuesday's Republican presidential debate with a burst of momentum, a robust campaign infrastructure, and a target on his back as he emerges as Donald Trump's main challenger in the leadoff Iowa caucuses. By Julie Pace. AP Photos.
With: PRESIDENTIAL RACE-TRUMP SUPPORTERS; PRESIDENTIAL RACE-CLINTON-IMMIGRATION.
SEAFOOD FROM SLAVES-SHRIMP REACTION
NEW YORK -- U.S. officials and human rights activists call on Americans to stop buying fish and shrimp tied to supply chains in Thailand, where The Associated Press has found slaves are forced to work in the seafood industry. BY National Writer Martha Mendoza.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama vows to accelerate the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, implicitly acknowledging that progress has been too slow as the extremist group expands its reach with deadly attacks beyond the Middle East. By Robert Burns. AP Photos. AP Video.
AP POLL-ISLAMIC STATE
WASHINGTON -- After terrorist attacks at home and abroad, more Americans than ever -- but still less than half -- support sending U.S. ground troops to fight the Islamic State, according to a new Associated Press-GfK Poll. A large majority also want a clearer explanation from President Barack Obama about his strategy to defeat the group. By Ken Dilanian and Emily Swanson. AP Photos. AP Video.
The backlash against American Muslims is leaving a mark on some of the nation's youngest minds. Muslim parents say their children hear disparaging remarks in their own communities, see hateful bumper stickers and T-shirts, and have had friends abandon them because of their faith. By Michael R. Sisak. AP Photos.
With: VANDALIZED MOSQUES.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina-- At least 43 police officers were killed when a bus in a convoy in northern Argentina blew a tire and veered off the side of a bridge, falling at about 65 feet (20 meters) in an accident that brought the sad state of the South American nation's roads into focus. By Peter Prengaman.
BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH
BALTIMORE -- Jurors wrestle over what "evil motive" means as they deliberate the fate of the first of six officers to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man whose neck was broken in a police van, fueling the "Black Lives Matter" movement. By Juliet Linderman and Brian Witte. AP Photos.
With: BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH-THE LATEST.
WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. envoy for East Asia returns to military-governed Thailand this week, hoping for better press than on his last visit a year ago. Local media branded veteran diplomat Daniel Russel an "ugly American" and the government protested that he had "wounded the hearts of Thais" for publicly criticizing its curbs on democracy. By Matthew Pennington.
MEXICO-THE DISAPPEARED-THE KILLER
IGUALA, Mexico -- By the official count, 26,000 Mexicans have been reported missing nationwide since 2007, just over 1,000 of those from the troubled southern state of Guerrero. This is a story from the other side, the tale of a man who kidnaps, tortures and kills for a drug cartel. By E. Eduardo Castillo, photos.
WITH: MEXICO-THE DISAPPEARED-THE KILLER-BOX.
WASHINGTON -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years and freed in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay, will face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in a general court-martial, instead of a misdemeanor-level forum, the U.S. Army announces. By Deb Riechmann. AP Photo.
WASHINGTON -- For President Barack Obama, many of his victories have been tempered by a harsh reality: what he's built up, the next president or a future Congress could one day tear down. Obama is counting on the global climate accord to be the exception that allows him to leave a lasting imprint on the planet, even as his opponents are working to whittle the deal away. By Josh Lederman. AP Photo.
YE-THE HOTTEST YEAR
When a devastating heat wave hit India this year, it killed more than 2,500 people and melted the pavement of New Delhi's streets. In California, where an ordinary year sees mountain snow pile 6-feet (1.83-meters) deep or more -- supplying much drinking water -- surveyors had nothing to measure in some spots but bare grass. By the time 2015 is over, it is certain to go down as the warmest year on record. But if the heat was unsettling, it also set the tone for many of the headlines that defined the year, even when they ranged far beyond matters of extreme weather or changing climate. By National Writer Adam Geller.
JOURNALISTS BEHIND BARS
NEW YORK -- China, Egypt and Iran top the list of the world's leading jailers of journalists in a new annual report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Eritrea, Ethiopia and Turkey also figured prominently on the list. The report released early Tuesday says a quarter of the 199 journalists worldwide who were in prison as of Dec. 1 because of their work were in China. The Communist Party-run country under President Xi Jinping had 49 journalists behind bars, the highest number for China since the CPJ began its annual survey in 1990. By Cara Anna. AP Photos.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A late December presidential runoff in Haiti is expected to be held as scheduled regardless of the deep suspicion of first-round results here and abroad, the executive director of the country's electoral body said. By David McFadden. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is reviewing procedures for vetting would-be immigrants, with an eye toward examining applicants' online presence, to close security gaps in the U.S. visa system, the White House says. By Alicia A. Caldwell and Tami Abdollah. AP Photo.
A Maryland man is in federal custody after being charged with trying to provide support to militants in the Islamic State group and receiving money allegedly intended for carrying out a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, authorities say.
With: TERROR GROUP-ARRESTS.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
WASHINGTON -- It's not about what it will do. It's about what it will say. The worst-kept secret in the financial world is that the Federal Reserve is all but sure Wednesday to raise interest rates from record lows by a modest quarter point. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. AP Photo.
SUPREME COURT-APPLE SAMSUNG
WASHINGTON -- In its patent dispute with Apple, Samsung is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take a digital-age look at an issue it last confronted in the horse-and-buggy era. South Korea-based Samsung appealed a $399 million judgment for illegally copying patented aspects of the look of Apple's iPhone, the latest round in a long-running fight between the two tech-industry giants. By Mark Sherman.
SEATTLE -- Seattle becomes the first city in the nation to allow drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions. By Phuong Le.
With: UBER-SEATTLE UNION-THE LATEST.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Fulfilling a campaign promise to overhaul Argentina's agricultural sector, President Mauricio Macri announces the elimination of export taxes on key products, a move that will also have a deep impact on how Latin America's third largest economy is funded. By Peter Prengaman. AP Photos.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
LOS ANGELES -- The next generation of "Star Wars" films kicked off with an elaborate debut for "The Force Awakens" Monday that served as a proverbial passing of the lightsaber to new groups of fighters dueling in a cinematic galaxy far, far away. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. AP Photos. AP Video.
LOS ANGELES -- An unusual thing happened in Hollywood on a recent weekend: Director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate apologized for ethnically inaccurate casting in "Gods of Egypt" -- a full three months before the movie is set to hit theaters. The fantasy epic stars Scottish actor Gerard Butler and Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as mythological Egyptian gods, and a recently released trailer renewed concern about Hollywood's long tradition of casting against race. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. AP Photo.
NEW YORK -- Idris Elba has many reasons for why he keeps coming back to "Luther." ''It's unfinished business, it's fertile ground," he explains. "The character continues to challenge me." Detective Chief Inspector John Luther also challenges his fans, who are sure to greet him warmly for this, his fourth run, in the two-hour special airing Thursday on BBC America. By Television Writer Frazier Moore.
YE-TOP 10 TV EVENTS
NEW YORK -- It's been a year of shifting sands in late night. A year of broken trust in two vastly different TV personalities. And a year when presidential debates became must-see TV. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. AP Photos. AP Video.
With: YE-TOP THEATER;