'Martian,' 'Revenant' get awards boost with top Globes wins

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 73rd annual Golden Globes had a few curveballs up its sleeves, and the biggest ones weren't even from acerbic host Ricky Gervais, who kept the show alive with his biting quips and takedowns of the business that the awards were celebrating.

  • Written by LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writers

Merkel's party calls for tighter laws after Cologne assaults

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's party on Saturday proposed stricter laws regulating asylum seekers after a string of New Year's Eve sexual assaults and robberies in Cologne blamed largely on foreigners.

  • Written by DAVID RISING, Associated Press

As Iraq fights Islamic State, violence rises in Shiite south

BAGHDAD (AP) — As the sun sets over Iraq's southern city of Basra, Ahmed Hilal rushes to lock his door. At night, every knock sends his heart beating faster. In the morning, the father of three or someone he trusts walks his children to school, barely five minutes away.

  • Written by SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

Sales grow as Powerball jackpot soars to $800 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With Powerball sales breaking previous records, the odds are growing that someone will win Saturday night's $800 million jackpot — but if no one matches all the numbers, the next drawing is expected to soar past $1 billion.

  • Written by SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press