Bob McDonnell

Defense: Ex-gov should volunteer, not go to prison

Lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell have asked a judge to sentence him to community service instead of jail time.

President Barack Obama listens to a question during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )

Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

“This is still a regime that represses its people,” Obama said at a year-end news conference two days after the historic announcement.