Blame wages and turtle doves: '12 Days' now costs $34,363

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The slow recovery of the U.S. economy is continuing to keep the cost of Christmas — or at least the gifts listed in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" — from spiraling out of control.

  • Written by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press

Creator of McDonald's flagship sandwich, the Big Mac, dies

PITTSBURGH (AP) — You probably don't know his name, but you've almost certainly devoured his creation: two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.

  • Written by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press

Prosecutor: Officer acted lawfully in black man's killing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte police officer whose fatal shooting of a black man outside an apartment complex touched off several nights of unrest in the city was justified in opening fire and will not face charges, a prosecutor announced Wednesday.

  • Written by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press; TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press

House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader Wednesday, ratifying the status quo in a changing Washington despite widespread frustration over the party's direction.

  • Written by ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent

Stein makes Michigan third state for presidential recount

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein on Wednesday requested a full hand recount of Michigan's presidential vote, making it the third state where she's asked for another look at a race narrowly won by Republican Donald Trump.

  • Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press