Seoul: North Korea fires short-range projectiles into sea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired six short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast Thursday, South Korean officials said, just hours after the U.N. Security Council approved the toughest sanctions on the North in two decades for its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

Tornado that struck Jefferson County was EF2

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters say a tornado that severely damaged homes and trees in a Birmingham suburb has been determined as an EF2, with winds of between 120 and 125 mph.


Connecticut Navy base has a feral cat problem

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Feral cats are stalking a submarine base in Connecticut, and officials say anyone caught feeding the felines will face disciplinary action.


Syrian villagers hope for calm as Russia keeps eye on truce

MAARZAF, Syria (AP) — Just days into a U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire, many residents in a pro-government Syrian village long engulfed in fierce fighting in a central province expressed hope Wednesday that the truce will prevail and that a sense of normalcy could soon return.

  • Written by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

Falling lottery sales pinch college scholarships in 8 states

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The ticket-buying frenzy that erupted over January's $1 billion Powerball jackpot wasn't enough to reverse a long-running trend: Proceeds from lottery games aren't keeping pace with the higher education costs they were supposed to pay.

  • Written by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press