- Abe 'speechless' after video claims IS hostage dead
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister said Sunday he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other.
- Obama looks to build toward policy breakthroughs with India
NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama opened a three-day visit to India aimed at turning his personal chemistry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on the climate change, defense and economics.
- Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels.
- Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell
MADRID (AP) — Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said.
- 'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels.
- Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.
- AP Interview: Selig says MLB could expand internationally
NEW YORK (AP) — Bud Selig began his 8,173rd and final day in charge of baseball by waking up in a Manhattan hotel, having breakfast and working out. After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labor unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity, he predicted a future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries.
- Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond
CHICAGO (AP) — To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game.
- As Brady, Gronk know, pre-Super Bowl injury talk always big
Perhaps already annoyed by the attention to his left elbow ahead of the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman used a quip to answer one reporter's question about that joint's range of motion.
- Weber's 108.5-mph blast gives him hardest shot at NHL skills
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Not that they did before, but it's official now: No one wants to get in front of Shea Weber's shot.