Even Santa Claus enjoys a swim. At the Tokyo Aquarium, children watched as a diver dressed up as Santa Claus fed fish inside a tank and hugged the aquarium's sharks. (Dec. 11)
Here's the latest news for Wednesday December 11th: New poll spells trouble for Obama, Congress; Mandela to lie in state; Ukraine police back off after protester clash; Skier uses air bag to survive avalance.
President Obama returned to the US on Wednesday morning. He had flown to South Africa for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. (Dec. 11)
Ukrainian police clashed with demonstrators in Kiev, but then backed off. The protesters are occupying a city square in Ukraine's capital. They want the country's government removed. (Dec. 11)
A Dutch couple has left Yemen after spending six months held hostage. Journalist Judith Spiegel and Boudewijn Berendsen would not say who took them captive. (Dec. 11)
Former South African President Nelson Mandela's body was brought to Pretoria, his country's capital, where he will lie in state for three days. He will be buried on Sunday in Eastern Cape Province. (Dec. 11)
Heading into a midterm election year, a new AP-GfK poll suggests Americans hold Congress in strikingly low regard, and nearly two-thirds say they would like to see their House member replaced. The AP's Chuck Babington runs through the numbe...
When the time comes, more pet owners are choosing animal hospice services to help them say good bye to their beloved pets. (Dec. 11)
Monsignor Robert Weiss of St. Rose of Lima church had to bury eight of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. A year later, the tragedy has changed how he sees the world. (Dec. 11)
Unchecked water is shooting through vacant houses, schools and other empty structures across Detroit. The product of vandals, scrappers and Michigan's cold winters, the unused water is creating health and safety risks. (Dec. 11)