UN panel: $40 billion needed to aid people in war, disasters


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated $40 billion is needed annually to help the rapidly growing number of people needing humanitarian aid as a result of conflicts and natural disasters — and one possibility to help fill the $15 billion funding gap is a small voluntary tax on tickets for soccer games and other sports, concerts and entertainment events, airline travel, and gasoline, a U.N.-appointed panel said.

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

Taiwan elects 1st female president, rejects pro-China party

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen as its first female president Saturday, handing her pro-independence party its first majority in the national legislature and rejecting the China-friendly party that has led the self-governing island for eight years.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press RALPH JENNINGS, Associated Press

Obama signs emergency order over Flint water

DETROIT (AP) — President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Saturday that clears the way for federal aid for Flint, Michigan, which is undergoing a drinking water crisis.

  • Written by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

Man dies after taking part in botched French clinical trial

PARIS (AP) — A man died in a French hospital Sunday after taking part in an experimental drug trial for a painkiller, and five other participants remain hospitalized after one of France's most troubling medical incidents.

  • Written by ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press

Warehouse worker takes third of $1.6 billion Powerball pot


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A small-town warehouse supervisor turned in one of three tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot on Friday, and swiftly announced that he would take his money now, giving up hundreds of millions of dollars in the future.

  • Written by ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press