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Judge gets frank with Flynn: 'You sold your country out'
Also on Tuesday: The Trump Foundation folds and Christmas decorations tear us apart.        
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Kyle Thompson among 5 golfers to visit troops in Africa
Golf notes: Kyle Thompson among 5 to visit troops in Africa; Ian Poulter among 13 added to Masters through ranking        
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AP Analysis: Flynn sentencing abruptly postponed
Associated Press reporter Eric Tucker describes the scene during the sentencing hearing Tuesday for Michael Flynn, where a federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing, and the judge accused Flynn of selling out his country. (Dec. 18)        
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Dax Shepard defends decision to tell daughter Santa isn't real
The actor said on his podcast that his daughter, 5, was suspicious of Santa's authenticity. He grew tired of making her ignore her "critical thinking."        
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Now we’ve seen it all, dog does CPR
Get you a dog that can save your life…or at least look super cute trying.        
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Police detective demoted after dropping his retired K-9 at an animal shelter
Ringo, a 10-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, was 'thought to be living with his handler' but his initial trainer found out he was in a shelter.        
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Chris Park leaving job as an MLB EVP for esports company
Chris Park is leaving his job as an executive vice president in the baseball commissioner's office at the end of the month to become chief executive officer of Gen.G, an esports company        
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Every 'Transformers' movie (including 'Bumblebee'), definitively ranked
We rank every 'Transformer' movie, even 'Bumblebee.' But there's not much more here than meets the eye: Most are big-budget garbage fires.        
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California surfers brave death in big waves and social media shows off the madness
California surfers braved a high surf despite advisories from the National Weather Service.        
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WH says Flynn was ambushed in FBI interview
The White House says it is not backing down from its criticism of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's interview of Mike Flynn, the former Trump national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the law enforcement agency. (Dec. 18)        
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Chris Paul says teammate James Harden is the 'best offensive player' he's ever seen
Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul had some high praise for his teammate and reigning MVP James Harden after Monday night's win.        
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The winter solstice is Friday. Get ready for the longest night of the year.
The solstice occurs at the same instant everywhere on Earth. In the United States, it happens at 5:23 p.m. ET Friday.        
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Remembering actress/director Penny Marshall
Track Marshall's career from sitcom star to pioneering director.        
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What should you do with all the gift cards you got during the holidays?
What should you do with all the gift cards you got during the holidays?        
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Daniel Descalso, Cubs agree to $5M, 2-year contract
Infielder Daniel Descalso and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract that includes a club option for 2021        
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Trump administration bans rapid-fire bump stocks, but a half-million have already been sold
The Justice Department says owners have 90 days to surrender or destroy the rapid-fire devices used in the worst modern U.S. mass shooting        
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Redskins' Nicholson arrested, charged with assault & battery
Redskins safety Montae Nicholson was arrested and charged with assault and battery and being drunk in public from a fight at a restaurant and retail complex near the team's practice facility in Ashburn, Virginia        
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South Carolina extends contract for Muschamp, assistants
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and 3 his assistants receive contract extensions        
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There is hope for Fox News to hold Trump officials accountable, after all: Today's talker
Small glimmers of hope emerge from Fox News, as they take their jobs as journalists seriously.        
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Darlington Raceway to celebrate early 1990s era next season
Darlington Raceway will honor early 1990s at its next throwback event on Labor Day weekend        
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How to drink healthier during the holidays
The key take away is drinking in moderation and staying away from mixed cocktails that can be high in sugar.        
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Chestnuts roasting on an open air fryer
Roasting chestnuts is a classic Christmas move and using an air fryer, you can have deliciously fresh-roasted chestnuts in your stocking this holiday!        
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Arizona Governor appoints McSally to McCain's seat
Arizona's governor has appointed Rep. Martha McSally to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to Sen. John McCain, sending the GOP congresswoman back to Washington just a month after she lost a race for the state's other Senate seat. (Dec. 18)        
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Blackhawks dealt another blow with Crawford's concussion
Chicago Blackhawks dealt another blow with Corey Crawford's concussion         
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Penny Marshall, iconic actress and director, dies at 75
Penny Marshall, who starred in TV's "Laverne & Shirley" and directed box office hits like "A League of Our Own" and "Big," has died at age 75 of complications from diabetes.        
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Redskins safety Montae Nicholson arrested, faces misdemeanor charges after alleged assault
Redskins safety Montae Nicholson was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of assault and battery and public drunkenness, which are both misdemeanors.        
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2018 news year in review: Stories across United States that moved us
Donald Trump, March for Our Lives, Florence, midterms, Kim Jong Un, Amazon HQ2 and more from 2018: USA TODAY revisits one news story from each state.        
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Winter solstice has arrived
For many of us, winter has made itself known already. But according to astronomers, December 21st marks the start of winter.        
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Japanese telescope detects water in a bunch of asteroids
The AKARI satellite discovered water in 17 asteroids in the form of hydrated minerals for the first time.        
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Reporter who broke Steele dossier story says ex-British agent's claims 'likely false'
"Steele was clearly onto something," Isikoff said. But some of the dossier's details lack "the evidence to support them."        
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President Trump and first lady Melania release 2018 White House Christmas portrait
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hold hands in their official White House Christmas picture of 2018.        
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River Plate loses on penalties to Al Ain at Club World Cup
South American champion River Plate was upset by Al Ain FC in the Club World Cup on Tuesday, losing in a penalty shootout after the semifinal finished 2-2 after added time        
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This is TSA's 2018 'Airport of the Year'
The votes are in and it looks like Boston is the best place to catch your flight.        
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Worried about holiday debt? 5 smart ways to avoid it or repay those credit cards
Twenty-eight percent of shoppers who used credit cards to pay for last year’s holidays are still paying for them.        
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Top tech toy gifts for the holidays
From small children to teens, Jennifer Jolly has all the tech toys to gift your children this holiday season        
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Best family-friendly resorts in the Caribbean
Resorts have upped the ante with a boatload of family fun from fishing and diving to chocolate-making classes, meet and greets with iguanas and sleepovers on the beach.         
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19 animals that love snow way more than we do
No one loves playing in the snow more than these adorable animals. From red pandas and corgi dogs, to horses and penguins, snow is the ultimate outdoor adventure for these animals.        
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Top tech gifts for the holidays
Stuck on what to get your loved ones for the holidays? Jennifer Jolly gives you the best ideas for family, in-laws and college-bound children        
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NFL power rankings: Rams are no longer the best team in Los Angeles
USA TODAY Sports' NFL power rankings following Week 15 of the season, with the Los Angeles Chargers looking like the best team the AFC has to offer.        
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'Big Bang Theory' star Mayim Bialik talks tough breakup, being single around the holidays
In a deeply personal post, "Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik expressed what “losing love” has been like for her.        
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Twins to retire Mauer's No 7 jersey next season
Twins to retire Mauer's No 7 jersey next season, the 8th person in team history with the honor        
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Ex-Michigan Wolverines DE Rashan Gary to form sports agency, per report
According to attorney Darren Heitner, top NFL draft prospect and ex-Michigan DE Rashan Gary's agency will be called "Rashan Gary Sports."        
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Best destinations you've probably never heard of
Booking.com compiled traveler recommendation data to find a list of destinations that are well off the beaten track while packing a big cultural punch.        
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Flynn sentencing delayed, he's still cooperating
A federal judge has agreed to delay former national security adviser Michael Flynn's sentencing so he can continue cooperating with the Russia probe. (Dec. 18)        
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Sandra Bullock suggests random actors host the Oscars
At a New York screening of her new film "Bird Box," Sandra Bullock has an idea for how to solve the Oscars’ host problem: pull random actors out of the audience and make them read what’s on the teleprompter. (Dec. 18)         
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Judge delays sentencing for Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, for lying to FBI about Russia
Judge postpones sentencing Tuesday for Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, for lying to FBI about Russia contacts.         
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Polar vortex could rear its ugly head soon
The polar vortex could be making a return engagement to the U.S. sometime later this month or in January.        
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'Color Purple' author Alice Walker under fire for praising alleged anti-Semitic writer
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker and The New York Times are drawing fire after she praised an author who critics say expresses anti-Semitism.         
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