Records fall as winter heat wave hits Southern CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (AP) ? A midwinter heat wave baked Southern California again Tuesday, breaking more February records as temperatures soared into the 80s and 90s even as the Santa Ana winds that stoked the atmosphere began to fade.
Zika, disease of the poor, may not change abortion in Brazil
By Stephen Eisenhammer RECIFE (Reuters) - Six months pregnant with her first child, Eritania Maria has a rash and a mild fever, symptoms of the Zika virus linked to brain deformities in newborn children in Brazil. Like other women in the slums of Recife, which squat on stilts over mosquito-ridden marshland in northeast Brazil, Maria has few options if her child develops microcephaly, the condition marked by an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain that has been linked to Zika. Brazil has amongst the toughest abortion laws in the world and is culturally conservative.
Ferguson City Council seeks changes to DOJ reform agreement
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) ? The Ferguson City Council agreed Tuesday to most proposals in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department that would reform the city's courts and policing systems but also asked for several changes, including some limiting the city's cost.
Trump, Sanders win big in New Hampshire
The runaway victory by Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist advocating nothing less than "political revolution," spelled a deflating if expected defeat for Hillary Clinton, who put a brave face on the loss and admitted she had some work to do as the campaign moves south. On the Republican side, Trump's visceral assault on American politics galvanized voters who brought him his debut victory in the fledgling race, keeping him in pole position despite his second-place showing in last week's Iowa caucuses. Ohio Governor John Kasich's uplifting and positive message of renewal catapulted him into second place, a potentially critical result for him as the Republican Party works out which mainstream candidate could successfully challenge the billionaire tycoon.
Taiwan developer grilled over collapse of quake building
Taiwan prosecutors were Wednesday questioning the developer of an apartment complex that collapsed during an earthquake as they detailed flaws in construction of the building where nearly 100 people remain trapped. Prosecutors in the southern city of Tainan have launched an investigation into Saturday's disaster after photos showed cans and foam had been used to fill parts of the complex's concrete framework. The district court took the developer, identified as Lin Ming-hui, and two other people into formal custody late Tuesday after they were grilled initially at the prosecutors' office.
Sikh man blocked by Mexican airline satisfied with apology
MEXICO CITY (AP) ? An Indian-American actor and designer who wasn't allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight after refusing to remove his turban said Tuesday that he is satisfied with an apology from the airline.
Exclusive: U.S. & India consider joint patrols in South China Sea - U.S. official
By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to take a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tensions have spiked in the wake of Beijing's construction of seven man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago. India and the United States have ramped up military ties in recent years, holding naval exercises in the Indian Ocean that last year involved the Japanese navy.
Trump, Sanders ride U.S. anti-establishment tide to New Hampshire win
By Steve Holland and Amanda Becker MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders coasted to victory on a wave of voter anger in the New Hampshire presidential nominating contest, thrashing traditional U.S. politicians in a display of anti-establishment power. Sweeping wins by Trump, a New York billionaire, and Sanders, a democratic socialist, on Tuesday testified to the sizable share of American voters upset at U.S. economic conditions and willing to send a shockwave to Washington in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Sikh man barred from Mexico flight sees 'small victory'
MEXICO CITY (AP) ? An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check said he's "thrilled" that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols.
Viewer's Guide: What to watch on the day after New Hampshire
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Time to trade in those boots and head south and west. After Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Donald Trump cruised to victory in snowy New Hampshire, the presidential race sprints on to South Carolina and Nevada ? perhaps with a smaller cast of characters.