The passing of Nelson Mandela leaves a waning number of global figures representing freedom and resilience against oppression - and a changing world that makes it harder for anyone to approach Mandela's iconic power.
To a struggling White House, the economy that was supposed to be a political millstone is losing some drag.
A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.
A large swath of the U.S. is experiencing frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. Several deaths have been reported, most a result of treacherous driving conditions. More than a thousand flights have been canceled, numerous football and basketball games postponed and holiday celebrations - including tree lightings and parades - curtailed.
The State Department says it is welcoming North Korea's decision to release an elderly American tourist.
Japan's parliament approved a state secrets law that stiffens penalties for leaks by government officials and for journalists who seek such information, overriding criticism that it could be used to cover up government abuses and suppress civil liberties.
A court-appointed guardian is dropping her attempt to force an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after she and her parents fled their home to avoid treatment.
Federal police blocked access Friday to a central Mexico hospital where six people were reported to have been admitted with radiation exposure.
The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order.
Leaders and citizens, athletes and artists remembered Nelson Mandela on Friday - though many struggled to find words big enough to describe the man who changed the face of South Africa and inspired a continent and a world.
Russian investigators said Friday that the pilot who sent a Boeing 737 into a near-vertical dive that killed all 50 people on board might have had a fake license.
A western Colorado school board member says she has no regrets saying boys should be castrated if they want to use a girls' locker room.
A woman who was convicted of assisting in her mother's killing has left prison after serving 15 years.
The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama briefly lived with an uncle who faced deportation from the United States, correcting its previous statements that the president had never met Onyango Obama.