• President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Willie Mays during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry such as Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, baseball legends Willie Mays and Yogi Berra, and politicians, activists and government innovators. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and more

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation’s highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a “Funny Girl.”

  • Thanksgiving flying: tips to survive the travel madness

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re braving the airports this Thanksgiving, you won’t be alone.

  • Paula Swedeen, a forest policy specialist for the Washington Environmental Council, poses for a photo as she walks through forest land adjacent to Mount Rainier National Park on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, near Ashford, Wash. The land is part of a new project of 520 acres on private timberland that allows the private nonprofit Nisqually Land Trust to sell so-called "carbon credits" to individuals and companies - including Microsoft Corp. - who are hoping to offset their carbon footprints. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Washington project ensures forest stores carbon for decades

    SEATTLE (AP) — Half a small forest still standing near Mount Rainier faced clear-cutting before an effort in Washington state saved the decades-old trees and allowed Microsoft to help finance the project to offset its carbon footprint.

  • Soldiers patrol at the Christmas market along the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. French authorities on Tuesday questioned a top suspect linked to attackers who terrorized Paris, while Belgium's capital remained locked down under threat of a possible similar attack. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Paris attackers exploited intelligence gaps that remain open

    PARIS (AP) — The Paris attackers exploited intelligence holes from France to Syria, authorities say, taking advantage of mistrust between European governments, France’s overwhelmed security services and the collapse of authority across the war zone contested by the Islamic State group.

  • Trader Kenneth Polcari works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Stocks are opening modestly lower, following declines in Europe. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    US stocks slip in early trading, following Europe lower

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday as investors kept a wary eye on developments in the Middle East after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane.

  • In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, photo, business owner Jerry Amerosi, left, chats with employee Alana Fusco behind the counter at Gerald Peters, one of three stores he owns in the Staten Island Mall, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Amerosi’s three stores in the mall will open at 6 p.m., on Thanksgiving and stay open until midnight. He’ll have eight employees working, and if this Thanksgiving is anything like last year’s, they’ll have their hands full. "It was crazy busy," he said. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Mall stores must open on Thanksgiving but expect to be busy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some big retailers face scrutiny for opening on Thanksgiving, but many small stores have no choice.

  • Letter shows tax chief suggested auditors not fine business

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A letter from state Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla shows she did tell auditors in her agency last year that her former client shouldn’t have to pay a penalty.

  • Lemitar shrimp farm to get federal grant to expand marketing

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A shrimp farm in Lemitar is getting a federal grant to expand its marketing efforts across New Mexico.

  • In this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 photo customers stand in front of a makeshift Afghan shop inside the migrants camp in Calais, northern France. Dozens of wooden-framed shops and restaurants, mostly Afghan, stock shelves with supplies bought at Calais supermarkets. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Migrants build society in French camp they call ‘the jungle’

    CALAIS, France (AP) — Outside, acrid smoke from wood fires stings the eye, the stench of uncollected garbage and neglected toilets assaults the nose, and an autumn wind chills the bone. But inside Mimi Amanuel’s immaculate wood-framed shack, the nightmare life of Calais’ migrant camp cannot overpower a woman’s dreams.

  • Trader Tommy Kalikas right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Stocks are opening slightly lower as the market loses momentum after logging its biggest weekly gain of the year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    European stocks sink as instability fears vex investors

    HONG KONG (AP) — European stock markets opened sharply lower Tuesday as jitters about instability in the Middle East intensified while Asian stock markets dithered as slumping commodity prices weighed on shares of resource companies.