BERLIN (AP) - Elephants at the Berlin Zoo finally got a chance to tuck into their Christmas dinner: A feast of donated pine trees.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's official. A tally of the Electoral College vote affirms President Barack Obama's re-election.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. job market showed resilience in three reports Thursday, suggesting it may be able to withstand a federal budget battle that threatens more economic uncertainty in coming months.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google has settled a U.S. government probe into its business practices without making any major concessions on how the company runs its Internet search engine, the world's most influential gateway to digital information and commerce.
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York county clerk justified his refusal to release the names and addresses of handgun permit holders to a newspaper, saying it would give stalkers and thieves a convenient roadmap to target potential victims - and determine whether they have a gun.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A state law being used by Kansas officials trying to force a sperm donor to pay child support is outdated, the man's attorney argues. But experts agree that he put himself in a precarious legal position by getting involved in a lesbian couple's do-it-yourself artificial insemination.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The first Oscar recipients of the new year were announced Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - De'Anthony Thomas caught the opening kickoff, raced past Oregon's sideline and leaned his head into the end zone like a sprinter crossing the finish line.
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - From their New Hampshire home, the parents of a foreign journalist who has been missing in Syria since he was kidnapped more than a month ago appealed to his captors for compassion and any information about their son's health and welfare.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A parent who was "All Shook Up" about Elvis Presley songs in a high-school drama prompted educators to cancel the musical, deeming it too sexual. But the decision was reversed Thursday by administrators at the high school south of Salt Lake City.
NEW DELHI (AP) - Five men accused of raping a university student for hours on a bus as it drove through India's capital were charged with murder, rape and other crimes that could bring them the death penalty.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a Sacramento-area woman who reported her autistic son missing only to have deputies discover him in plain sight inside her messy apartment has been arrested on suspicion of child endangerment.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A South Los Angeles man who went on the run for a decade was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison Thursday for a botched robbery that killed a German tourist and shocked suburban Santa Monica.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A rapt crowd followed a trail of bubbles that zipped over the surface of a seaside pond in the ruins of a 19th century bath in San Francisco.
FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) - It feels like a well-armed Christmas morning at Sledgehammer Games.
MADRID (AP) - Now it's not just two Americans, but a Spaniard as well: the three non-Africans known to have Ebola got some of the very few doses that exist of an experimental drug aimed at treating the deadly disease.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The woman whose videotaped beating by a California Highway Patrol officer sparked outrage says she believes the officer was trying to kill her.
DEIR EL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) - Mohammed al-Telbani lost his life's work when Israeli shells repeatedly slammed into his four-story snack and cookie factory during the Gaza war, finally sparking a fire that engulfed vats of margarine and sacks of cocoa powder.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in the government as country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north.
MADRID (AP) - In a development that raises a host of ethical issues, Spain announced it had obtained a scarce U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest infected with the killer virus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has extended a months-long moratorium on executions in Ohio into next year as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty.
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday directed $10 million in emergency Pentagon spending to help France fight terrorists in northwest Africa.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States' top disease detective calls Ebola a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marlene Pinnock said she thought she was going to die as a California Highway Patrol officer straddled her, repeatedly punching her head, on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tyler Posey of "Teen Wolf" and Sarah Hyland of "Modern Family" are hosting Sunday night's 2014 Teen Choice awards, with musical groups Magic and Rixton performing.
ISTANBUL (AP) - An unofficial vote count showed Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the country's first ever direct presidential election in the first round Sunday, ensuring he will remain at the country's helm for at least another five years.
BAGHDAD (AP) - A senior Kurdish military official says his forces have retaken two towns from the Sunni militants that have seized large parts of northern Iraq.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.