The Associated Press
Highlight in History
On Dec. 10, 1520, Martin Luther burned the papal edict demanding that he recant, or face excommunication.
Ten years ago
A divided Supreme Court upheld the broadest restrictions on campaign donations in nearly 30 years. An appeals court ordered a new trial for Lionel Tate, a Florida teen sentenced to life for causing the death of a 6-year-old playmate, Tiffany Eunick.
Five years ago
Defying calls for his resignation, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich showed up for work on his 52nd birthday despite charges he’d schemed to enrich himself by offering to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat. The House approved a plan, 237-170, to speed $14 billion in loans to Detroit’s automakers.
One year ago
President Barack Obama told auto workers in Michigan that he would not compromise on his demand that tax rates go up for the top 2 percent of American earners to help reduce the deficit. A judge announced that former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a New York City hotel maid had signed a settlement of her sexual-assault lawsuit stemming from a May 2011 hotel encounter.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Cuba to undergo his fourth cancer-related operation there.