- Pentagon chief Hagel stepping down under pressure
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration's Middle East crisis management.The president said he and Hagel had determined it was an "appropriate time for him to complete his service."
- Attorney: Ferguson grand jury has reached decision
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a spokesman for St. Louis County's top prosecutor said Monday.In a brief email to reporters, spokesman Ed Magee said the decision would be announced later Monday. He offered no immediate details.
- Key figures in the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A look at some of the key figures in the case of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer in August — a death that stirred weeks of violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb.___
- Timeline of events after death of Michael Brown
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.___
- Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July
VIENNA (AP) — A yearlong effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Monday, leaving the U.S. and its allies little choice but to declare a seven-month extension in hopes that a new deadline will be enough to achieve what a decade of negotiations have failed to do — limit Tehran's ability to make a nuclear weapon.Pushback from critics in Congress followed almost immediately, with powerful Republicans saying that Iran is merely trying to buy time.
- Pablo Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he's leaving."Got the call. He is going to the Red Sox," Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Monday.
- Bills president: Stadium should be ready Sunday
DETROIT (AP) — Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon says all indications are that Ralph Wilson Stadium will be ready for next weekend's game against the Cleveland Browns.The Bills had to move their game against the New York Jets to Detroit, where it will be played Monday night, because of the heavy snow that hit the Buffalo area. There was some question whether the Bills would even be able to play at home next weekend, but Brandon says the team is "100 percent ready to roll back at Ralph Wilson Stadium" — and none of the reports he's received lead him to think otherwise.
- Browns QB Manziel involved in hotel fight
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel "a hug" was struck by the rookie quarterback's entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said.Police were called to The 9, where Manziel has a luxury apartment, after a fight broke out at 2:25 a.m. Friday.
- Beckham thought during 1-hand grab: just catch it
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr.'s mindset was simple before making a one-handed catch quickly heralded as one of the best in NFL history: Just catch the ball.Little or no thought of keeping his feet inbounds. Or screening Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr. Or how to position his body.
- Even top NFL teams have taken steps back
The Seahawks still might repeat as Super Bowl champions, and they could wind up facing the Broncos again.The 49ers might appear in their fourth straight NFC title game.