New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver's seat into a false sense of security — and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal.Justin Pritchard
Across wide swaths of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State, with the goal of building a credible government, has set up a predatory and violent bureaucracy that wrings every last U.S. dollar, Iraqi dinar and Syrian pound it can from those who live under its control, or pass through its territory.MATTHEW ROSENBERG, NICHOLAS KULISH and STEVEN LEE MYERS
Authorities say a suspected burglar who became stuck in the chimney of a Central California home died after the homeowner unknowingly lit a fire in the fireplace.
A suspect was arrested Monday in connection with an online threat of gun violence at the University of Chicago that prompted the school to cancel all classes and activities.The Associated Press
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers announced Sunday that he would retire from professional basketball after the end of this season, his 20th in the NBA, bringing to a close one of the most decorated careers in the history of the sport.ANDREW KEH
Getting the world's governments to reach agreement at the United Nations' climate conference in Paris is going to require careful politics, but the effort may be up against a tougher challenge: mathematics.Chris Mooney | The Washington Post
 Pope Francis made his first visit to a war zone Sunday, landing in the capital of divided and destitute Central African Republic in a bid to support efforts at peace and reconciliation.Chris Stein
Pushing for a powerful climate deal, President Barack Obama called the global talks opening Monday outside Paris an "act of defiance" against terrorism that proves the world stands undeterred by Islamic State-linked attacks in Europe and beyond.Nancy Benac | Associated Press
 Addressing the twin threats of global warming and extremist violence, the largest group of world leaders ever to stand together kicked off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks outside Paris on Monday, saying that by striking an ambitious deal to cut emissions they can show terrorists what countries can achieve when they are united.Seth Borenstein, Angela Charlton | AP
Rising seas besieging China’s economically vital coastal zones. Mighty feats of infrastructure, like the Three Gorges Dam and railway in Tibet, strained by turbulent rainfall and the melting of frozen earth. And on the Himalayan frontiers, the risk in future decades of international conflict over dwindling water supplies as glaciers retreat.Chris Buckley
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