Standing ovation for Obama at his last Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn't reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.

  • Written by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press

'We have lost everything': Syrians return to ravaged Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Amina Hamawy burst into tears and then fainted when she returned to eastern Aleppo to find that looters had ransacked her home. "Where am I? What happened?" she asked after her husband and daughter revived her. "We have lost everything."

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Trump expands list of candidates to head State Dep't

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is expanding his pool of candidates for secretary of state, leaving unclear whether former CIA Director David Petraeus' guilty plea for leaking classified information disqualifies him to serve as the nation's top diplomat.

  • Written by LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

Russian field hospital hit in Syria's Aleppo, nurse killed

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Rebel shelling of the Syrian government-held part of Aleppo killed a Russian nurse in a makeshift Russian hospital in the city on Monday while the Defense Ministry in Moscow said a Russian fighter jet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after returning from a sortie over Syria.

  • Written by ALBERT AJI, Associated Press HOWARD AMOS, Associated Press