WASHINGTON _ President-elect Barack Obama's smooth transition process hits a snag less than a week before his historic swearing-in as questions over his choice for treasury secretary delayed the confirmation hearing for that key post. AP Photos.
WITH: OBAMA PROFILE; OBAMA UNDER GOD; ATTORNEY GENERAL CONFIRMATION; OBAMA WARS; INAUGURATION RELIGION.
WASHINGTON _ Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to be swiftly endorsed by a Senate panel as President-elect Barack Obama's new secretary of state, as indications from both parties this week were that Clinton would win a near-unanimous vote. By Anne Flaherty.
WASHINGTON _ President-elect Barack Obama will be confronted during his first days in office with stalled disarmament talks involving a recalcitrant North Korea that holds a stash of weapons-grade plutonium that experts say could fuel as many as 10 nuclear bombs. By Foster Klug.
UNITED NATIONS _ U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes denounces all sides in the Israeli-Hamas conflict telling the Security Council the fighting is "terrifying" for civilians and Hamas's rocket attacks on southern Israel violate international laws. By John Heilprin. AP Photos.
CARACAS, Venezuela _ Venezuelan lawmakers approve amendments to the constitution that would allow President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely, the final step before the proposal goes before voters in a referendum. By Fabiola Sanchez.
UNITED NATIONS _ Twenty-four nations pledged at a U.S.-led meeting to better coordinate their efforts against Somali piracy in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. By John Heilprin. AP Photos.
CARACAS, Venezuela _ Venezuela and Bolivia break off diplomatic relations with Israel on Wednesday to protest its military offensive in Gaza. By Christopher Toothaker.
ATLANTA _ Thirty years after engineering the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt, former President Jimmy Carter is still doggedly seeking peace in the Middle East. The 84-year-old Carter may never realize his elusive goal, but he hopes that under a new president, the United States will resume a leadership role he views as lost in recent years.
Moving by 0530 GMT. By Walter Putnam. AP Photo.
HAVANA _ A monthlong halt in Fidel Castro's regular essays and recent comments by his friend and ally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, are raising new concerns about the 82-year-old former president's health.
SEATTLE _ Even as Apple Inc. acknowledges that all is not well, the extent of Steve Jobs' health problems remains a closely guarded secret. By Jessica Mintz. AP Photos.
WITH US-APPLE COOK
LOS ANGELES _ Mobile handset maker Motorola Inc. says it will cut 4,000 more jobs in 2009, in addition to 3,000 it announced last year. By Ryan Nakashima.
MEXICO CITY _ Mexico will develop new oil fields to boost sagging output to 3 million barrels a day by 2015, while asking the U.S. to cooperate in tapping deep water deposits
CHICAGO (AP) _ Several years ago, Loretta Augustine-Herron added a little-known face to the board at her school bearing the pictures of Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall and George Washington Carver. It was a photo of a friend just launching his political career named Barack Obama. By Sharon Cohen. AP Photos.
WITH: MICHELLE OBAMA PROFILE.
US-NEW ORLEANS-CARNIVAL SEASON
NEW ORLEANS _ Roll out the king cakes, plastic beads and Mardi Gras masks. Carnival season has begun in New Orleans. By Mary Foster. AP Photos.
SAN FRANCISCO, Mexico _ My cousin booked an amazing wedding at the adventure resort Costa Azul, in the tiny Mexican village of San Francisco about a half hour north of Puerto Vallarta. There was only one catch: Costa Azul wasn't a big resort and it was booked solid within hours of her save-the-date e-mail. By Traci Carl. AP Photos.
YOUR QUERIES: Contact your local AP bureau, the North America Desk in New York City at +01 212-621-1650 or the Latin America Desk in Mexico City at +5255 3300 7603.