Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:
1. NELSON MANDELA DIES AT AGE 95
South Africa's first black president was a global symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation in a world often jarred by conflict and division. His death Thursday set the stage for days of mourning and reflection about a colossus of the 20th century who projected astonishing grace, resolve and good humor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett currently held by actor Ryan O'Neal is worth an estimated $12 million, an appraiser told a jury Friday.
New York art appraiser Lee Drexler testified in a lawsuit by the University of Texas at Austin against the actor in which the school is seeking to gain possession of the Fawcett portrait for its art museum.
O'Neal contends the artwork was given to him as a gift by Warhol and did not...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop has been fired.
New Mexico State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says he confirmed with State Police Chief Pete Kassetas that Officer Elias Montoya is no longer employed by the department. His termination was effective at 5 p.m. Friday.
Montoya has 30 days to appeal his firing to a public safety...
DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes are asking the judge to bar the public and media from hearing pretrial testimony from the psychiatrist who evaluated Holmes' sanity.
A motion filed Friday says Holmes' right to an impartial jury would be harmed if the public hears the testimony.
The judge hasn't ruled on the request.
Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Four homeless people have died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area since last week, authorities said, highlighting the danger to people without shelter as the region is gripped by freezing temperatures.
Santa Clara County sheriff's Lt. Dave Lera said at a news conference Friday afternoon that the victims were all men in their late 40s or early 50s.
"I've met with the doctors and they informed me that hypothermia...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily suspended BP oil spill settlement payments to businesses while he reconsiders the company's arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
Judge Carl Barbier (BARB-yay) issued an order Thursday noting the claims office will continue taking and processing business claims but won't make final decisions or payments until the matter is settled....
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The official noisemakers for next year's World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil will be significantly quieter than the vuvuzela (voo-voo-ZEHL'-uh) horns that caused so many headaches in 2010.
The new instrument, a rattle called the caxirola (ka-SHE'-rah-luh), creates sound pressure levels similar to normal conversation, according to researchers from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil.
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Goldman Sachs trader was sentenced on Friday to nine months in prison for wire fraud by a judge who took sharp aim at both Goldman and the government, questioning why it took them so long to bring the misconduct to light.
Matthew Taylor had admitted in a guilty plea this year that he concealed an unauthorized $8.3 billion trading position in 2007. He told Goldman within 36 hours but escaped criminal charges until this year.