By The Associated Press

NASA finds planet very similar to Earth

A newly discovered planet is eerily similar to Earth and is sitting outside our solar system in what seems to be the ideal place for life, expect for one hitch. It’s a bit too big.

  • Dec 6, 2011

Late Red Sox clubhouse manager accused of sexual abuse

A man who worked as a teenager in the Red Sox clubhouse with big-name players such as Roger Clemens and Wade Boggs said his “dream job” ended abruptly when the clubhouse manager sexually assaulted him.

  • Dec 6, 2011
Tiger Woods hits out of a sand trap on the third hole during the final round of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club

Woods ends drought

After going more than two years and 26 tournaments without a win, and after so much turmoil in his personal life and with his golf game, Tiger Woods stood over a six-foot birdie putt Sunday to win the Chevron World Challenge and felt as though nothing had changed.

Tiger Woods hits out of a sand trap on the third hole during the final round of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club
Opposition activists

Putin’s party losing support

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party struggled to hang onto its majority in Russia’s parliamentary election, polls and official results showed Monday, suggesting Russians were wearying of the man who has dominated Russian politics for more than a decade.

  • Dec 5, 2011
Opposition activists

Syria says it’s still open to Arab League observer plan

Syria said Sunday it is still negotiating with the Arab League over the bloc’s request to send observers into the country, as tightening sanctions by Arab and other nations fail to halt the eight-month crackdown on anti-government protesters.

  • Dec 5, 2011
People shout as they take part in a rally as the climate conference takes place in Durban

Ex-UN climate chief faults world leaders for not guiding talks

Yvo de Boer said he left his job as the U.N.’s top climate official in frustration 18 months ago, believing the process of negotiating a meaningful climate agreement was failing. His opinion hasn’t changed.

  • Dec 5, 2011
People shout as they take part in a rally as the climate conference takes place in Durban

E-car to debut in Paris

Paris, in its latest bid to be an innovator of the City of Tomorrow, is launching an electric car-sharing program to cut air and noise pollution on the city’s medieval cobblestone streets and beyond.

  • Dec 5, 2011

Iran shot down unmanned US spy plane along border

Iran’s armed forces have shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane that violated Iranian airspace along the country’s eastern border, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

  • Dec 5, 2011
New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (27) carries past New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in New Orleans

Saints rout Giants

Drew Brees and the surging New Orleans Saints made everything look easy against the slumping Giants.

  • Nov 29, 2011
New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (27) carries past New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in New Orleans
Supporters of oppositions candidate  Etienne Tshisekedi  parade what they claim are badly printed photocopies of election ballots they say they found in the Bandal commune in Kinshasa

Late ballots in Congo may mar vote

Voting materials arrived late or sometimes not at all in precincts throughout the country, but Congo’s elections went ahead, raising doubts about the legitimacy of a poll that already has seen at least nine people killed and could drag sub-Saharan Africa’s largest nation back into conflict.

  • Nov 29, 2011
Supporters of oppositions candidate  Etienne Tshisekedi  parade what they claim are badly printed photocopies of election ballots they say they found in the Bandal commune in Kinshasa

Circus agrees to fines to settle alleged violations of animal welfare rules

The owner of the Ringling Bros. circus has agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to settle allegations that it violated federal animal-welfare laws in its handling of elephants, tigers, zebras and other exotic animals.

  • Nov 29, 2011
Egyptians chant slogans against the country's ruling military council during a demonstration in Tahrir Square in Cairo

Egyptians head to first post-uprising elections with nation in turmoil

Egyptians prepared to vote Monday in the first elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, a milestone many hoped would usher in a democratic age after decades of dictatorship. Instead, the polling is already marred by turmoil in the streets and the population is sharply polarized and confused over the nation’s direction.

  • Nov 28, 2011
Egyptians chant slogans against the country's ruling military council during a demonstration in Tahrir Square in Cairo

Arab League imposes unprecedented sanctions on Syria

In an unprecedented move against an Arab nation, the Arab League on Sunday approved economic sanctions on Syria to pressure Damascus to end its deadly suppression of an eight-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.

  • Nov 28, 2011
Pakistan army soldiers carry coffin of Saturday's NATO attack victims for funeral in Peshawar

Fire from Pakistani border prompted NATO strikes: Afghan officials

Afghanistan officials claimed Sunday that Afghan and NATO forces were retaliating for gunfire from two Pakistani army bases when they called in airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, adding a layer of complexity to an episode that has further strained Pakistan’s ties with the United States.

  • Nov 28, 2011
Pakistan army soldiers carry coffin of Saturday's NATO attack victims for funeral in Peshawar
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid (5)

Avalanche bury the Oilers

Stefan Elliott got his first NHL goal out of the way in a hurry. Elliott scored the winning goal in his NHL debut and Semyon Varlamov had 31 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche over the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Saturday night.

  • Nov 27, 2011
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid (5)
Alabama tight end Brad Smelley (17) makes a catch on fourth down

Richardson’s 203 yards carries Alabama over rival Auburn

Trent Richardson and No. 2 Alabama turned the Iron Bowl into a statement game. Now, they’ll wait and see what happens in the national title and Heisman Trophy races.

  • Nov 27, 2011
Alabama tight end Brad Smelley (17) makes a catch on fourth down
In this May 16

Heavyweight contender Ron Lyle dies at 70

Former heavyweight contender Ron Lyle, who fought Muhammad Ali for the title in 1975 and later battled George Foreman, has died in Denver at age 70.

  • Nov 27, 2011
In this May 16
From left: Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher

Drivers hoping Barrichello gets to return to F1 next season

If driver support counted, Rubens Barrichello wouldn’t have a problem finding a Formula One team next season.

  • Nov 27, 2011
From left: Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher

NBA reaches tentative deal

Now that there’s a handshake deal on a new labour agreement, NBA commissioner David Stern and union executives must persuade owners and players to approve it, guaranteeing a Christmas Day triple-header.

  • Nov 27, 2011
Egyptian women protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo

Violence threatens to overshadow vote in Egypt

Fresh clashes between security forces and Egyptian protesters demanding the military step down broke out Saturday in front of the Cabinet building, leaving one man dead, as violence threatened to overshadow next week’s parliamentary elections.

  • Nov 27, 2011
Egyptian women protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo