ATHENS, Ala. (AP) ? Expecting to write a ticket for speeding, an Alabama State Trooper ended up helping a woman give birth.
BOSTON (AP) ? The second winter storm in four days to hit the Northeast centered on New England on Monday, bringing howling winds and coastal flooding and threatening Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts with up to 18 inches of snow.
HELSINKI (AP) ? The Swedish panel that awards the Nobel medicine prize says its secretary-general, Urban Lendahl, has resigned because of an investigation into disputed stem-cell scientist Paolo Macchiarini.
Germany and Turkey said Monday they would ask NATO to help police Turkey's shores as 24 more migrants drowned en route to Greece and tens of thousands of others remained stranded at the Turkish-Syrian border. In the latest in a grim litany of migrant boat sinkings, 24 people, 11 of them children, drowned when their boat went down off the northwestern coast of Turkey, the Dogan news agency reported. The drownings came as German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with Turkish leaders on reducing the influx of migrants to Europe, and as 30,000 more Syrians fleeing the civil war massed along Turkey's border in the hope of receiving sanctuary.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) ? Buddy Cianci, the wisecracking politician who led Providence during a turbulent and troubled six terms as mayor, was remembered during his funeral Monday as a visionary leader and skilled promoter of his city who relished the political arena.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) ? The Latest on the race for the White House with one day to go until the New Hampshire primary (all times local):
Britain should make a decision on where to build a new runway this summer, its transport minister said on Monday, dismissing concerns it could be further delayed by a referendum on EU membership. Prime Minister David Cameron could reach a deal over Britain's ties with the European Union at a summit later this month, paving the way for a public vote on membership of the bloc as soon as June. Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin said he did not think a June referendum would derail the current timetable for deciding on expanding either Heathrow, Britain's busiest airport, or Gatwick, its second-busiest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? India's government has effectively blocked a Facebook program that sought to connect with low-income residents by offering free access to a limited version of the social network and other Internet services.
France's former budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, who stashed millions abroad while cracking down on tax cheats at home, went on trial Monday for tax fraud. The 63-year-old former rising star in the French Socialist Party now dubbed the finance ministry's "Pinocchio", fended off reporters as he arrived at the Paris criminal court. Cahuzac and Menard face up to seven years in jail and two million euros ($2.2 million) in fines if found guilty of tax fraud and money laundering.
LONDON (AP) ? A winter storm with hurricane-force winds and huge waves battered Britain's coastline Monday, cutting power to thousands and disrupting travel across the country.
President Barack Obama on Monday asked for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to tackle the fast-spreading Zika virus at home and abroad. The mosquito-borne illness has surged through Latin America, prompting fears that clement spring weather could bring an explosion in cases. Obama's formal request to Congress is expected soon.
ECATEPEC, Mexico (AP) ? One evening in September 2014, Mariana Yanez left her home in this crime-plagued Mexico City suburb saying she was going to make some photocopies. Then she vanished.
NEW YORK (AP) ? Chipotle restaurants across the U.S. are opening later than usual Monday as workers gather in movie theaters and hotel conference rooms across the country to discuss the chain's recent food safety scares.
European and US stock markets slumped on Monday as investors cashed out of banking shares, with tech and oil stocks also taking a beating. After a quiet session across Asia owing to the Chinese New Year, European markets plunged and were then followed by Wall Street. Focus turned to the banking sector, but the rout deepened after oil prices also resumed their slide, while tech stocks got taken down on Wall Street.
NEW YORK (AP) ? Chesapeake Energy sought to assure investors Monday that it is not planning to file for bankruptcy protection after a news report saying it hired a law firm sent its stock plummeting.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? More than 30 years ago, Donald Trump bought a franchise in the upstart United States Football League. He then led his fellow owners to sue the NFL in a high-stakes antitrust case.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Detainees held by the Syrian government are being killed on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators said on Monday. The U.N. commission of inquiry called on the Security Council to impose "targeted sanctions" on high-ranking Syrian civilian and military officials responsible for or complicit in deaths, torture and disappearances in custody, but stopped short of naming the suspects. The independent experts said they had also documented mass executions and torture of prisoners by two jihadi groups, the Nusra Front and Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Paris (AFP) - Stocks across Europe were sharply lower at the close on Monday in a global rout prompted by banking sector worries, the Chinese economic slowdown and slumping oil prices.
NEW YORK (AP) ? Apollo Education is being taken private in a $1.1 billion deal by a consortium led by private investment firm The Vistria Group.
The slumping New York Knicks sacked Derek Fisher on Monday, promoting Kurt Rambis to the job of interim head coach in a bid to reverse their sagging NBA fortunes. The move, announced by Knicks president Phil Jackson in a statement posted on the team's website, comes a day after the Knicks fell 101-96 to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden -- the Knicks' season-high fifth straight defeat and their ninth defeat in their last 10 games.
CAMDEN, Maine (AP) ? Don McLean's attorney says the singer has entered a not-guilty plea to a domestic violence charge in writing and will not appear in court later this month.
NEW YORK (AP) ? Derek Fisher was fired as New York Knicks coach Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
MOSCOW (AP) ? President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops' readiness amid continuing tensions with the West.
UN investigators on Monday accused Damascus of "extermination" in its jails and detention centres, saying prisoners were executed, tortured to death or held in such horrific conditions that they perished. Over the past four and a half years, thousands of detainees have been killed while being held by different sides in Syria's brutal conflict, the UN commission of inquiry on Syria said in its latest report. The report painted a stark picture of prisons and detention centres run by the Syrian authorities.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? When the emergency room fills up ? whether it's a big accident, flu season or a stroke of misfortune ? Brooklyn nurse Rose Green says she can find herself sprinting from room to room, trying to keep ahead of the whims of calamity.
NEW YORK (AP) ? A police officer testified emotionally in his own defense Monday about the deadly shooting of an unarmed man in a dark Brooklyn housing project stairwell in 2014.
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) ? They are some of Hillary Clinton's best money-raisers, but right now the most valuable thing they can offer is their time.
LAS VEGAS (AP) ? The entertainer Flavor Flav is due to face a Las Vegas judge on misdemeanor driving under the influence, speeding and marijuana possession charges stemming from a vehicle stop last May.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The main thing to know about President Barack Obama's final, $4 trillion budget is that it comes on the same day as the New Hampshire primary, ensuring it gets minimal attention with all the focus on the White House contenders.
LONDON (AP) ? When he was not being a string-shredding, amp-blasting guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix liked nothing better than to sit at home drinking tea and watching the British soap opera "Coronation Street."
LONDON (AP) ? Margaret Forster, the author of "Georgy Girl" and more than 20 other novels, has died in London after suffering from cancer in the back and spine. She was 77.
By J.R. Wu TAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - When an earthquake struck southern Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday, Chang Chun-jung thought it was all over. All three are being treated in hospital for lacerations.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) ? It's their Everest. Their firewall. Their lifeboat in a frozen Atlantic.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? Volkswagen says its quality control chief is leaving the company.
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) ? Encouraged by Marco Rubio's stumbles, the Republicans' second-tier candidates are seeing fresh hope for survival as they sprint to the finish line in New Hampshire. The Democrats' Clinton-Sanders duel is veering into gender politics.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Coveted but coy, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is staying painstakingly neutral in the Democratic presidential contest for now, frustrating supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders while awaiting the right moment to lay her considerable chits on the table.
The New York Times on Monday launched a Spanish-language digital edition, aiming to expand the global reach of the prestigious US daily. The Times is offering "a selection of the best of New York Times translated into Spanish" as well as original articles, said a welcome statement from deputy international editor Lydia Polgreen.
Turkey and Germany plan to seek help from NATO allies in monitoring the flow of migrants from Syria trying to get to Europe across the Aegean Sea, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday. Speaking at a joint news conference in Ankara with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Davutoglu said the matter would be jointly raised by the two countries at a meeting of NATO defense ministers on Thursday. "Turkey and Germany will together recommend to NATO ... NATO becoming involved concerning the consequences of the flow of refugees from Syria," Davutoglu said.
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Humeyra Pamuk BEIRUT/ONCUPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad. "Our whole existence is now threatened, not just losing more ground," said Abdul Rahim al-Najdawi from Liwa al-Tawheed, an insurgent group. "They are advancing and we are pulling back because in the face of such heavy aerial bombing we must minimize our losses." The Russian-backed Syrian government advance over recent days amounts to one of the biggest shifts in momentum of the war, helping to torpedo the first peace talks for two years, which collapsed last week before they had begun in earnest.
By Humeyra Pamuk ONCUPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - As the number of Syrian refugees now amassing on the Turkish border swells into the tens of thousands, Ankara's long-standing open door to migrants may be closing. An assault by Russian-backed Syrian government forces around the city of Aleppo has sent more than 30,000 people fleeing to the Turkish border gate of Oncupinar in the past few days, and officials say tens of thousands more could be on the move. The surge has created a bitter irony for Turkey.