The latest: Obama says no going back on LBGT issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President Barack Obama (all times EST):


President Barack Obama says he doesn't think the expansion of LGBT rights in the U.S. is reversible.

Obama said as his final presidential news conference that society's attitudes have changed too much to turn back the clock on these issues.

For third-straight time, Earth sets hottest-year record

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, government scientists said Wednesday. They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared.

The latest: Trump encouraging crowds for inauguration events

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

11 a.m.

Donald Trump has been tweeting that his inauguration will bring record numbers of people to Washington — and he's going all-out to make that happen.

The Trump team is posting ads on Facebook and Twitter encouraging people to come to Washington for the inaugural festivities.

4 quakes shake Italy, isolating towns buried under snow

ROME (AP) — Four strong earthquakes on Wednesday shook the same region of central Italy that suffered deadly temblors last year, sending quake-rattled residents into panic and further isolating towns that have been buried under more than a meter (3 feet) of snow for days.

Premier Paolo Gentiloni said it appeared no one was killed, but that it was a "difficult day" for Italy.

The latest: EPA pick Pruitt accused of seeking 'dark money'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on Congress (all times EST):

11:24 a.m.

A Democratic senator is accusing Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency of collecting "dark money" from anonymous sources to steer his work as Oklahoma attorney general.

Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400.

Obama shortens Manning sentence; more commutations coming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence.

European Court fines Russia for banning U.S. adoptions

PARIS (AP) — Europe's human rights court ruled Tuesday that Russia must pay damages and legal costs to Americans who were barred from adopting Russian children.

Russia has three months to appeal the decision by the European Court of Human Rights.

The latest: Indictment unsealed on nightclub gunman's wife

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the arrest of the widow of the Orlando nightclub shooter (all times local):

9:58 a.m.

Federal prosecutors have unsealed a two-count indictment against the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter.

Abortions in U.S. drop to lowest level since 1974

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974.