Obama lifts decades-old arms ban in his 1st visit to Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center of his foreign policy legacy.

  • Written by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press

Multiple blasts in Syria government strongholds kill 80

BEIRUT (AP) — A series of explosions rocked two normally quiet coastal government strongholds in Syria Monday, killing more than 80 people and wounding 200 others, state media and opposition activists said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

Indiana court to hear woman's appeal of feticide conviction

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for an Indiana woman found guilty of killing the premature infant she delivered after ingesting abortion-inducing drugs will ask an appeals court Monday to throw out the convictions that led to her 20-year prison sentence.

  • Written by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press

Madonna honors Prince, Dion inspires at Billboard Awards

This year's Billboard Music Awards promised to be heavy on emotion during its biggest performances by iconic artists such as Celine Dion and Madonna. And they certainly delivered on Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a political statement about transgender rights, a tender Prince tribute and Dion's return after personal losses. These are the most memorable moments of the night.

  • Written by KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press