Syria rebels vow to keep fighting if Astana talks fail
Syrian rebels vowed Monday to keep fighting if peace negotiations with the government of President Bashar al-Assad fail, as talks between the two sides in Kazakhstan got off to a rocky start. The meeting in Astana, backed by key players Russia, Turkey and Iran, had been billed as the first time armed rebel groups would negotiate directly with the Assad regime since the conflict erupted in 2011.
Southern California pounded by intense storm and flooding
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The tail end of a punishing winter storm system lashed California with thunderstorms and severe winds Monday after breaking rainfall records, washing out roads and whipping up enormous waves. At least four people died and several others were rescued from raging floodwaters during three storms in four days.
Rubio to back Tillerson for secretary of state
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that he will support President Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of state despite reservations about the former Exxon Mobil CEO as the Republican lawmaker backed away from any challenge to the new president.
London air pollution 'very high'; heavy fog disrupts flights
LONDON (AP) ? Cold, still weather in London prompted the mayor to issue a "very high" air pollution alert for the first time Monday, while thick freezing fog caused numerous flight delays and cancellations at London Heathrow and other area airports.
Trump tells manufacturers he will cut regulations, taxes
U.S. President Donald Trump met with a dozen prominent American manufacturers at the White House on Monday, promising them he would slash regulations and cut corporate taxes, but warning them of penalties if they moved production outside the country. Trump, who took office on Friday, promised to bring manufacturing plants back to the United States during his campaign, and has not hesitated to call out by name companies that he thinks should bring outsourced production back home. "We think we can cut regulations by 75 percent.
Wayne Brady hurts leg during 'Hamilton,' returns to stage
Notes of caution surround U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem
By Luke Baker and Matt Spetalnick JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump's team spoke often about moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a statement before a first post-inauguration phone call between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer appeared to lower expectations of an imminent announcement of a move that could anger the Arab world.
Liz Weston: Your mother's maiden name is not a secret
Your mother's maiden name is probably not a secret. Neither, necessarily, is your high school mascot or the size of your car payment. But some banks and brokerages still pretend this is information only ...
Video shows Italian who was tortured to death in Egypt
Hungary: Teacher hailed for saving lives in fiery bus crash
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) ? A Hungarian teacher who pulled some students out of a fiery bus in Italy despite getting burned and losing his own two children in the crash was being hailed as a hero Monday as Hungary held a national day of mourning for the 16 victims.