2 lions from Mideast war zones reach South African refuge


LIONSROCK BIG CAT SANCTUARY, South Africa (AP) — Two lions rescued from neglected zoos in war zones in Iraq and Syria arrived in South Africa on Monday to live at a sanctuary with other animals that survived harsh conditions in captivity elsewhere in the world.

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  • Written by By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA , Associated Press

Still no cease-fire in Syrian enclave; Russia orders a pause

BEIRUT (AP) — As a U.N. cease-fire failed to take hold in Syria, Russia on Monday ordered a daily "humanitarian pause" to allow civilians to evacuate an embattled rebel-held enclave near Damascus, while airstrikes continued and Syrian ground forces fought to push into the besieged area from the west.

  • Written by By SARAH EL DEEB and BASSEM MROUE , Associated Press

Court: US anti-discrimination law covers sexual orientation

NEW YORK (AP) — Ruling in the case of a gay skydiving instructor, a federal appeals court in New York on Monday became the second one in the country to declare that U.S. anti-discrimination law protects employees from being fired over their sexual orientation.

  • Written by By LARRY NEUMEISTER , Associated Press

Lawmakers consider charge facing embattled Missouri governor


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers returned to the Statehouse Monday for the first time since Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted, with plans to discuss assembling a committee whose investigation could lead to his impeachment.


  • Written by By DAVID A. LIEB, BLAKE NELSON and JIM SALTER , Associated Press

Students resolute as they re-enter school shooting site

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The line of students and their parents wrapped around Stoneman Douglas High School, several thousand people entering the campus for the first time since a gunman took 17 lives nearly two weeks ago.

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  • Written by By TERRY SPENCER , Associated Press