USA Hockey, women reach agreement; seek growth for sport

While the impending start of the world championships created urgency for USA Hockey and the women's national team to hammer out a deal, the agreement had everything to do with tournaments over the next four years and beyond. The sides finalized an agreement Tuesday night that avoided what would've been a historic boycott for the defending gold medalists at the world championships on home ice.

USA Hockey, women's players reach agreement to avoid boycott

USA Hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the world championships on home ice that would've been a black eye for the sport. Players and USA Hockey finalized the deal Tuesday night and announced it in a joint statement just three days before the tournament begins in Plymouth, Michigan. It's a four-year agreement that pays players beyond just the six-month Olympic period.

A timeline of the Dakota Access oil pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Notable events in the dispute over the Dakota Access oil pipeline. ___ Dec. 2014 -- Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners applies to the federal government to build the 1,200-mile Dakota Access pipeline to carry North Dakota oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to an existing pipeline in Illinois. The pipeline is projected to cost $3.8 billion and carry half a million barrels of oil daily.

College campus free-speech zones face new scrutiny, lawsuit

On some college campuses, students and outsiders are allowed to protest and distribute flyers only in free-speech zones. Supporters say it's a way to protect against disruptions to school operations, but opponents call it censorship. The debate is headed to a federal court in California, where a student on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles Pierce College's free-speech area.

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Israelis protest military draft

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrated in Jerusalem on Tuesday over military service in one of several protests following the recent detention of a rabbi's son who refused to report to a draft office. Military service is mandatory for Jews in Israel, but ultra-Orthodox leaders say their communities serve the Jewish nation through religious study and prayer, and fear integration into the army would threaten their insular, pious lifestyle.

What completed Dakota Access pipeline means for key players

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Oil has been pumped into a controversial section of the Dakota Access pipeline after months of delays caused by protests and Native American tribes' efforts to stop the project. The 1,200-mile pipeline is now capable of moving half of the oil produced in North Dakota to a distribution point in Illinois. The line is expected to be fully operational in about three weeks.

Chinese anger, fears exposed in France after police killing

PARIS (AP) -- Chinese immigrants and China's government are protesting a police killing in Paris that prompted violent street clashes and exposed the fears and frustrations of France's large Asian community. Protesters gathered Tuesday in northeast Paris for a second day of demonstrations over the fatal shooting of a Chinese man in his apartment, and police launched an internal investigation into a death that took on diplomatic implications.

Company: Oil in pipeline under Missouri River reservoir

The Dakota Access pipeline developer said Monday that it has placed oil in the pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota and that it's preparing to put the pipeline into service. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners made the announcement in a brief court filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

White House calls on Russia to release protesters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is calling on Russia to immediately release all peaceful protesters arrested over the weekend during a large anti-government demonstration. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S. "strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout Russia on Sunday." Spicer on Monday read a State Department statement calling the detentions "an affront to essential democratic values.

Senators urge USA Hockey to end dispute with women's team

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pressure is mounting on USA Hockey in its wage dispute with the women's national team. On Monday, 16 U.S. senators wrote a letter to executive director Dave Ogrean, urging him to resolve the matter. The message came four days before the start of the women's world championship, which players threatened to boycott if significant progress was not made toward an agreement.

Navalny: a savvy and determined Kremlin foe

MOSCOW (AP) -- The 15-day jail sentence imposed Monday on Alexei Navalny is nothing new for the Kremlin's most visible domestic foe, and is unlikely to be more than a brief interruption of his campaign against what he calls "the party of crooks and thieves." He's repeatedly been jailed, endured a year of house arrest and three convictions that could have brought him significant prison time.

Rights group: More than 1,000 arrested in Belarus protests

MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- A Belarusian human rights group says more than 1,000 people have been arrested for weekend protests in the former Soviet Republic and that about 150 of them have been sentenced to jail terms of up to 25 days. Opponents of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko held unsanctioned demonstrations Saturday in Minsk, the capital, and other Belarusian cities, at which arrests were widespread.

Nuclear arms ban talks begin at UN, but US, others boycott

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. talks aimed at banning nuclear weapons began Monday, but the United States, Russia, China and other nuclear-armed nations are sitting out a discussion they see as impractical. Supporters of the potential pact say it's time to push harder toward eliminating atomic weapons than nations have been doing through the nearly 50-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Actress Shailene Woodley reaches deal in pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley has reached a plea deal that calls for no jail time over her involvement in protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. The "Divergent" star was among 27 activists arrested Oct. 10. She livestreamed her arrest on Facebook.

Hong Kong police arrest more 2014 democracy protest leaders

HONG KONG (AP) -- A day after Hong Kong picked a new Beijing-backed leader, police launched a fresh round of arrests of student leaders and other prominent figures involved with the huge 2014 "Umbrella Movement" pro-democracy protests. Nine activists targeted by police were defiant as they turned themselves in at police headquarters on Monday evening, accompanied by dozens of supporters.

The Latest: Russian opposition leader Navalny gets jail term

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Latest on Russian opposition protests (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 15 days for resisting police orders. A court in Moscow on Monday ruled to arrest Navalny, who was detained on Sunday as he was making his way to a massive protest in Moscow.