NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes were mostly higher on Friday as the market comes off a massive two-day rally spurred by the Federal Reserve's assurance that it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is on pace to close with its second-best weekly gain this year.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.
LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about a custody dispute, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a judge did not rule on a prosecutor's request that the daughter at the center of the case be brought out of hiding for a psychological evaluation. The judge denied that request but said he would rule separately if a motion were made to produce her for questioning by prosecutors.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and plans to brief Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish prosecutor is seeking a warrant to arrest U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen — a former ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's state-run media reported Friday.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say authorities have hanged two convicted militants in the first executions following the reinstatement of the death penalty in the wake of this week's Peshawar school massacre.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have finalized their trade of Jimmy Rollins, sending the All-Star shortstop and $1 million to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, providing the most detailed accounting to date of a hugely expensive break-in that could lead to a U.S. response.
ATLANTA (AP) — Landing another of baseball's top power hitters, the San Diego Padres agreed to a trade for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday.
PARIS (AP) — Air France-KLM shares have plunged more than 8 percent in the wake of the airline's warning that weak demand on several long-haul routes and other factors would wipe hundreds of millions off profits this year.
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.
BERNE, N.Y. (AP) — The death of a 5-year-old boy is being treated as a homicide after investigators determined a caretaker lied when she told them he had been abducted from an Albany-area home by two masked men, New York authorities said Friday.
ROME (AP) — Police have seized construction companies, apartments, villas and a yacht belonging to a businessman who authorities allege consorted with a Mafia-like gang in Rome with ties to local politicians.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will be used to crush dissent by curbing civil liberties.
CAIRO (AP) — Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.
GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House kept secret its 2013 sale of an oil painting by French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million to help protect Detroit-owned artworks under threat due to the city's bankruptcy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is sure of two things this season — there's more parity than ever at the top of women's basketball and her Gamecocks likely won't remain No. 1 for long.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claimed Friday he had been offered a bribe worth up to 3 million euros ($3.68 million) to vote in favor of electing Greece's new president, in the latest twist in the bailed-out country's fraught presidential vote.
ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) — With the Mediterranean Sea becoming too treacherous and other routes blocked by barbed-wire fences, would-be migrants are taking a new route into the Europe Union: through Hungary.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — A 5-year-old Ohio boy hoping to save the scuttled football program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham thought more cash might be the solution, so he sent his entire allowance — a $1 bill — with a handwritten note of support.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday demanded that the nation's most prominent opposition leader be sentenced to 10 years in prison on allegations of fraud, which he rejected as a punishment for his political activities.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will end his year in Washington with a news conference at which he'll face questions on Cuba, the Sony hacking and how he will work with the Republican Congress.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa.
TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and leaving four hikers injured and one missing when they scrambled to safety, an official said.
HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city's elite.
BEIJING (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A dispute over a health care bill that nearly caused the collapse of the Dutch government has been resolved with a compromise, though doubts remain about whether it will prove workable.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state's historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice between the country's past and its Arab Spring revolution.
BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also inspired a rare hush across a usually chatty industry as everyone from moguls to makeup artists takes stock of the scandal and how it could affect their jobs.
HAVANA (AP) — The parents of convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo feared the worst when their son failed to call home from prison and they were told he had been taken away at dawn. But officials assured the couple that their son was now better off.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil's state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executives. In Sao Paulo, prosecutors accuse 33 businessmen of running a "cartel" to profit from the city's subway system.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The revamping Oakland Athletics made yet another trade of a star player this offseason, sending catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres on Thursday night for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot.