Inside Kirk Douglas's intimate 100th birthday celebration

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kirk Douglas knows how to make an entrance. With boxing gloves in every centerpiece and the theme from "Rocky" blaring over the speakers, Douglas, one of the golden age of Hollywood's last living legends, walked confidently into the Sunset Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel Friday afternoon to celebrate his 100th birthday at an intimate gathering of friends and family.

  • Written by LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer

Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the industrial facade of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe.

  • Written by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners and promised a renewed fight for the working class next year.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

What the 114th Congress did and didn't do

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress wrapped up the 114th session early Saturday, a tumultuous two years marked by the resignation of a House speaker, a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy, bipartisan bills on health care and education and inaction on immigration and criminal justice. The new Congress will be sworn-in Jan. 3.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

US is sending 200 more troops to Syria to battle IS

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday that as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group's key stronghold of Raqqa.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer