His presidency is still driven by high ambitions but his power to achieve them is running out.
Diplomats say privately that Washington hopes to boost staffing in Havana, currently at about 50 Americans.
Other conservative states also are exploring alternatives to lethal injection.
Outside the church, thousands of police officers watched the funeral service on giant screens.
19-year-old Brett Smith of the Bronx has been charged with second-degree murder.
The officers were killed Dec. 20 while sitting in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street.
The incident occurred at the Hollywood & Highland Center, which hosts the Academy Awards.
On a personal level, about a third think 2014 was better than 2013, while 15 percent say 2014 was worse.
Earthquake and tsunami killed some 230,000 people.
Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox sites experience “disruptions.”
Transit officers help mother deliver baby on train.
NBC’s Mark Barger takes a look back at notables lives lost in 2014.
A woman is planning to defy the Roman Catholic Church and become a priest – the first to do so in Kansas City, Missouri.
Heated challenges to conservative Republic incumbents finished as the top two Kansas stories of 2014.
Data from the project will be provided free to the public.
Driver gets unexpected help from Santa Claus after crashing into a ditch.
Still looking for stocking stuffers or last minute gifts?
Holiday travelers hit the road ahead of Christmas.