Obama starts 2016 with a fight over gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is slated Monday to finalize a set of new executive actions tightening the nation's gun laws, making his first order of business in the new year a clear signal the president in his final year doesn't intend to go quietly.

  • Written by KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press

Will work for food? Co-op programs end amid labor-law fears

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Food cooperative programs that allow members to scoop rice, sort organic vegetables and ring up sales in return for grocery discounts are fading fast amid a changing marketplace and fears of violating labor laws.

  • Written by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

'Star Wars' box office surpasses 'Titanic,' 'Jurassic World'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" marched confidently into the new year, raking in an additional $88.3 million over the New Year's weekend and topping the box office for a third week, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • Written by LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer