Year in review: a look at highs and lows of Trudeau’s first full year as PM

As Justin Trudeau's first full year as prime minister comes to a close, downtown roads in the nation's capital are clogged with snow and construction. It's an apt metaphor for the increasingly tough slogging Trudeau's Liberal government has experienced since the heady days last fall, when the fledgling prime minister was winning raves for appointing the first gender-equal cabinet, handing out winter parkas to newly arrived Syrian refugees, being greeted like a rock star by screaming fans and boldly declaring "Canada is back" on the international stage.

Nicki Minaj pays college costs for Twitter fans

Texas has charged to the forefront of national debate over immigration as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a so-called "sanctuary cities" ban that lets police ask during routine stops whether someone is in the... Texas has charged to the forefront of national debate over immigration as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a so-called "sanctuary cities" ban that lets police ask during routine stops whether someone is in the U.S. legally. President Donald Trump's attorneys hope to convince a federal appeals court to give the green light to his revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries.

Set executions before Jan. 1, governor says

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he wants the state to execute death-row inmates before one of the drugs that would be used expires in January. The governor, in Berlin to open an economic development office, spoke by telephone to reporters at the state Capitol a day after prison officials announced they acquired a new supply of vecuronium bromide.

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Obama traveled to South America. . President Barack Obama boards Air Force One during a refueling stop at Lajes Field, Azores on the island of Terceira, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.

$1.4M aids study of obesity in state

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $1.4 million grant for scientists to study why obesity rates in Arkansas are among the highest in the country. The grant from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service was awarded to the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.