WHITE HOUSE-FIGHTING EXTREMISM
RANCHO MIRAGE, California — A White House summit this week on countering violent extremism will not focus exclusively on threats from the Islamic State group, senior administration officials say. By Darlene Superville. AP Photo.
PHOENIX — Kayla Mueller was in a detention cell in Syria, face to face with her boyfriend who was posing as her husband. Had she told her captors she was married to Omar Alkhani, she might have been freed from the hands of Islamic State militants, he said. Instead, she denied being his wife. By Felicia Fonseca.
MOUNT CARBON, West Virginia — A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derails during a snowstorm in southern West Virginia, sending at least one tanker into a river, igniting at least 14, and sending a fireball hundreds of feet into the sky, officials and residents say. By John Raby and Jonathan Mattise. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — The hacker gang that looted as much as $1 billion worldwide from banks was unusual: It stole directly from the banks, instead of ripping off their customers. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. AP Photo.
FRANKFORT, Kentucky — The U.S. South got its turn to suffer from snow, freezing rain and sleet in a storm that brought back memories of one from the same time a year ago.
WASHINGTON — Pressing Pentagon demands at a time of terrorist threats and Islamic State militants put newly empowered congressional Republicans in a bind. Defense hawks want to wipe out automatic spending reductions and steer more money to the military. Deficit hawks cling to the cuts as a means of reining in government spending. Pragmatists warn of a budget logjam that could drag on for months. By Andrew Taylor.
UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA
UNITED NATIONS — North Korea says it will respond “very strongly” to a conference in Washington on Tuesday about its widespread human rights abuses and says the United States ignored Pyongyang’s offer to attend and defend itself. Puzzled conference organizers said the event was open to the public. By Cara Anna. AP Photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Racial pride and the fight against racism in Brazil were the themes of samba group presentations and street parties as Rio de Janeiro’s parades entered their second night of over-the-top festivities. By Adriana Gomez Licon. AP Photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Making out at one of Rio de Janeiro’s alcohol-soaked Carnival street parties just got a little easier, with the debut of a party dedicated to the hookup app Tinder. By Jenny Barchfield. AP Photos.
DURHAM, North Carolina — A grand jury indicted a man on three counts of murder in the shootings of three young Muslims in what authorities have said was a dispute over parking spaces.
BRITISH TERROR SUSPECT-US TRIAL
NEW YORK — A reputed al-Qaida operative has decided to act as his own attorney at a U.S. terrorism trial. Abid Naseer is expected to give an opening statement Tuesday in federal court in New York City. By Tom Hays. AP Photo.
SANTIAGO, Chile — A Chilean prosecutor was named to investigate whether President Michelle Bachelet’s son got privileged access to a bank loan. By Eva Vergara. AP Photos.
VENEZUELA-BODYGUARDS AT RISK
CARACAS, Venezuela — Julio Delgado spends his days in his employer’s armored SUVs and fortified mansion. Each night, he returns to his concrete home outside the capital, where he lives exposed to Venezuela’s stew of violence. As the country’s economy crumbles, and the wealthy seek protection, private bodyguards like Delgado are becoming more common — and increasingly targeted by criminals seeking their vehicles and weapons. By Hannah Dreier. AP Photos.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
NEW YORK — Robin Hayes, the new CEO of JetBlue Airways, is balancing between passengers and Wall Street. As he takes control of the New York-based airline Monday, Hayes faces a difficult task: increase profits without destroying the culture that has made JetBlue stand out from other U.S. airlines. AP Photos. AP Video.
OTTAWA, Canada — Canada’s labor minister said Monday the Canadian Pacific Railway strike had ended, with both sides agreeing to resume discussions.
CHINESE LOBSTER BOOM
PORTLAND, Maine — Exports of U.S. lobster to China have rocketed in the past few years, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country’s growing middle class, to whom a steamed, whole crustacean is not just a festive delicacy and a good luck symbol, but also a mark of prosperity. That’s good news for Maine and its economy. By Patrick Whittle. AP Photos. AP Video.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
NEW YORK — Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, “It’s My Party,” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and the feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me,” has died. She was 68. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photos.
FILM-FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
LOS ANGELES — When Universal bumped “Fifty Shades of Grey” from August 2014 to Valentine’s Day, 2015, it seemed like a cheesy gimmick. Now that box office results are in, it’s clear that was the most brilliant stroke of all. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. AP Photo.
LOS ANGELES — Lady Gaga. Jennifer Hudson. Common and John Legend. Adam Levine. Rita Ora. Tegan & Sara. Tim McGraw. This isn’t the lineup for an upcoming pop concert, but rather for Sunday’s Academy Awards. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. AP Photo.
NEW YORK — Trust Helen Mirren to look regal while surrounded by rats, seat hogs and grime. The 69-year-old Oscar winner has been spotted riding the city’s squalid subway system and offering a lesson in elegance along the way. trimmed coat and long lavender gloves. A sleek taupe tote sat politely on her lap, not beside her. Mirren may be queen of the subway these days, but she’s a monarch above ground, too. She’s playing Queen Elizabeth II in the play “The Audience,” which wowed crowds in London in 2013. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. AP Photo