With the start of the new year, the more than 10,000 American troops remaining there will take on more of a supporting role. But Afghan forces will still need help fighting the Taliban.
The prostitutes of Freetown can't find customers. A wedding planner's shop is stuffed with dresses but couples keep delaying the big day. And the condomologist reports that business isn't booming.
This year was the third-driest on record for the state, but recent storms, plus new groundwater regulations, have given the hardest-hit agricultural towns a glimmer of hope.
Cuban artist Tania Bruguera asked people to use a microphone to outline their vision of the country. Bruguera, however, was detained before the performance even started.
"I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement," the president says of Iran and other regimes perceived as U.S. enemies. But he says restoring relations is a gradual process.
Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.
With two young men dead, the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning sales to consumers of a highly concentrated form of pure caffeine. A lethal overdose is too easy, officials warn.
A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.
Three years after the U.S. military officially withdrew from Iraq, 2,000 U.S. troops are back restoring the old buildings they'd left behind and renewing former contacts with Iraqi officers.
Author Roxane Gay spent 2014 thinking and writing about issues that exposed divides in America over race and gender. She offers her thoughts on some of the year's most-talked-about stories.