By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press
March 9, 2014 7:28 p.m.
BAGHDAD — A suicide car bomber set off his explosives-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint Sunday in southern Iraq, the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed 42 people, officials said. The violence, which comes a few weeks before scheduled elections, is the latest by insurgents bent on destabilizing the country.
By LISA LEFF, Associated Press
March 9, 2014 6:14 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed. A California lawmaker has introduced legislation to regulate the state's free-wheeling medical marijuana industry — the farmers that grow the drug, the hundreds of storefront shops that sell it and especially the doctors who write recommendations allowing people to use it.
By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG and LYNN BERRY, Associated Press
March 9, 2014 5:58 p.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the separatist drive in the disputed Crimean Peninsula as in keeping with international law, but Ukraine's prime minister vowed not to relinquish "a single centimeter" of his country's territory.
By EILEEN NG and CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press
March 9, 2014 3:06 p.m.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane's doors, as international intelligence agencies joined the investigation into two passengers who boarded the aircraft with stolen passports.
By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press
March 9, 2014 6 a.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California counties are confounding the state's court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of people with second felony convictions.
By YURAS KARMANAU and DALTON BENNETT, Associated Press
March 8, 2014 9:36 p.m.
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea's rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow's foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine's new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists.
By Tim Craig, The Washington Post
March 8, 2014 7:54 p.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. and coalition forces have spent billions of dollars training and equipping Afghan security forces. But despite that, they're still struggling to get Afghans to stand up to their most persistent foe: improvised explosive devices.
By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press
March 8, 2014 7:54 p.m.
JERUSALEM — Jack Angelides was about to board a flight out of Israel's international airport when he was given a curious choice that baffles him to this day. Traveling with a laptop and a stack of printed reading material, he was told to part with one or the other, due to unspecified security concerns.
By Paul Rogers, McClatchy-Tribune
March 8, 2014 6:38 p.m.
Despite urgent calls for water conservation amid one of California's worst droughts, more than 255,000 homeowners and businesses across the state can still use all the water they want without paying higher bills.