Syria government, opposition accept US-Russia proposed truce

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's government accepted Tuesday a proposed U.S.-Russian cease-fire that is to go into effect later this week, reserving the right to respond to any violations of the truce, while the main opposition and rebel umbrella group approved the deal but set its own conditions for compliance.

  • Written by ALBERT AJI, Associated Press BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Scientists find cause of Takata air bag explosions


DETROIT (AP) — Scientists hired by the auto industry have determined that multiple factors — including moisture and high humidity — can cause some Takata air bags to inflate with too much force and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer

Obama: Guantanamo Bay undermines security, must be closed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to "once and for all" close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and transfer the most detainees to a facility in the U.S., submitting a plan short on specifics and unlikely to make headway with opponents in Congress.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press

US-Brazil teams probe link between Zika and microcephaly

JOAO PESSAO, Brazil (AP) — Joint teams of U.S. and Brazilian health workers will fan out across one of Brazil's poorest states Tuesday in search of mothers and infants for a study aimed at determining whether the Zika virus is causing babies to be born with unusually small heads.

  • Written by JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press