New US-Russia plan sets Syria cease-fire for Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia agreed Monday on a new cease-fire for Syria that will take effect Saturday. However, major questions over enforcing and responding to violations of the truce were left unresolved, and where in Syria the fighting must stop and where counterterrorism operations can continue also must still be addressed.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

Gunman kills 6 in shootings at car dealership, restaurant

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A gunman who seemed to choose his victims at random opened fire outside an apartment complex, a car dealership and a restaurant in Michigan, killing six people in a rampage that lasted nearly seven hours, police said.

  • Written by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

Apple tells employees why it won't help hack shooter's phone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook acknowledged to employees Monday that "it does not feel right" to refuse to help the FBI hack a locked iPhone used by a gunman in the San Bernardino mass shootings. But he said that to do so would threaten data security for millions and "everyone's civil liberties."

  • Written by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

Death toll from Fiji cyclone hits 18 as aid sent to islands

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The death toll from a ferocious cyclone which tore through Fiji over the weekend has risen to 18 as authorities on Monday began to get a grasp on the scale of the disaster and deploy aid to hard-hit outer islands.

  • Written by NICK PERRY, Associated Press

IS frees Syrian Christians held since 2015 for ransom

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Monday released the last of some 230 Assyrian Christians kidnapped a year ago in Syria after the receiving millions of dollars in ransom, Christian officials said.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press