Strong winds from big typhoon hit Taiwan, at least 4 dead

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Strong winds knocked down people and scattered debris as a large typhoon crossed over Taiwan on Tuesday, killing four people and injuring more than 260, officials said.

  • Written by RALPH JENNINGS, Associated Press

Mother uncovers lasting impact of baby son's organ donation

WASHINGTON (AP) — An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas' tissue for scientific research — his eyes, his liver, his umbilical cord blood.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

Colombia to sign historic peace deal on ending long conflict

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia takes a big step Monday toward emerging from its decades-long nightmare of bloody violence when the government and the country's largest rebel movement sign a peace accord that emerged from four years of negotiations.

  • Written by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press; ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press

Syria says truce still viable after week of airstrikes

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Monday that an internationally-brokered cease-fire is still viable, as rescue workers in Aleppo sifted through the rubble from the heaviest airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the northern city in five years.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

6 shot, 3 others hurt in Houston neighborhood; gunman dead

HOUSTON (AP) — A disgruntled lawyer who had numerous weapons randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning, hitting six people, one critically, before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. Another three people had injuries from glass or debris.

  • Written by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press