U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he has picked tough-talking retired-General James Mattis to be his defense secretary as he soaked up adulation at a buoyant Ohio rally that recalled this year's rough-and-tumble campaign.
The convoy carrying the ashes of Cuba's late communist leader Fidel Castro ends an island-wide journey on Saturday in the cradle of his revolution for a big ceremony before his burial.
A British pensioner has returned a library book to her school some 63 years after taking it out, the librarian said Friday.
An ailing Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was evacuated from the South Pole to New Zealand where he was hospitalized Thursday in stable condition.
So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.
French President Francois Hollande's dramatic announcement that he will not seek a second term opens the way for Prime Minister Manuel Valls to make a bid for power in next year's increasingly open election.
A package that blew up when a man opened it contained a homemade explosive, and police have video of the person who dropped it off, authorities said Thursday.
It only takes a minute for a crispy Christmas tree to touch off a raging inferno.
Damien Chazelle's Los Angeles musical "La La Land" was named best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle.
Fashion designer Tom Ford says first lady-to-be Melania Trump likely won't be wearing his clothes in the White House.