Plane returns to London after laser was beamed into cockpit

LONDON (AP) — Virgin Atlantic Airways is working with investigators to try to identify the source of a laser beam which forced a New York-bound flight to return to London, the airline said Monday.

  • Written by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

2 killed, more than a dozen injured in Burundi blasts


BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A series of grenade blasts in Burundi's capital killed least two people were killed and injured more than a dozen others Monday, witnesses said.

  • Written by ELOGE WILLY KANEZA, Associated Press IGNATIUS SSUUNA, Associated Press

Pope condemns drug trade's 'dealers of death' in Mexico

ECATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Pope Francis condemned the drug trade's "dealers of death" and urged Mexicans to shun the devil's lust for money as he led a huge open-air Mass for more than 300,000 people Sunday in this violence-riddled city.

  • Written by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press JACOBO GARCIA, Associated Press

Russia presses air blitz in Syria to dictate peace terms

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow joined the fight in Syria to return to relevance in international diplomacy. It has succeeded by anyone's measure — and Russia hopes to use its air power to dictate the terms of a cease-fire and prospective peace talks.

  • Written by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

Snow, sleet and rain to hit Mid-Atlantic, Northeast


NEW YORK (AP) — A grab bag of weather conditions — including snow and sleet — will descend on communities from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast, but with many people off for Presidents' Day it may be just another day to hunker down.

  • Written by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press