HAVANA -- The United States and Cuba near restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights between the countries on the eve the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes. By Michael Weissenstein and Bradley Klapper.
WASHINGTON -- The Senate may re-open debate on National Security Agency wire-tapping authority following the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tells The Associated Press, a divisive issue already roiling the Republican presidential field. By Erica Werner.
BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH
BALTIMORE -- Officials appeal for calm after the first effort to convict an officer in Freddie Gray's death from a broken neck in a Baltimore Police van ended with a hung jury and a mistrial. By Juliet Linderman and David Dishneau.
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announces a $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan, drawing an immediate rebuke and threats of retaliation from Taipei's rival Beijing. By Matthew Pennington and Christopher Bodeen.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina lifted deeply unpopular restrictions on buying U.S. dollars, aiming to put an end to a byzantine monetary system that made it difficult for businesses to operate and spawned a booming black market. By Peter Prengaman.
SAO PAULO -- Brazil's attorney general went to the Supreme Court seeking to strip the leader of the House of Deputies of his seat. By Mauricio Savarese and Brad Brooks.
CHICAGO -- Several relatives of people who've died in police-involved shootings in Chicago see the coverage and fallout over the video of Laquan McDonald's death at the hands of an officer in 2014 as their best chance at justice. By Don Babwin.
WASHINGTON -- The United States calls for Laos to immediately resolve the case of prominent activist whose abduction three years ago sent a "chilling message" to civil society. The State Department statement comes as the top U.S. envoy for East Asia prepares to travel to communist-governed Laos. By Matthew Pennington.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
LOS ANGELES -- California regulators have unveiled a roadmap that would let consumers begin using self-driving cars, though manufacturers would have to prove the emerging technology is safe before a licensed driver could get chauffeured around town. By Justin Pritchard.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
LOS ANGELES -- Before Fox TV's "Empire" was a proven success, before any product licensing deals were signed, at least one eager retailer was getting in on the act. By Lynn Elber.
HAVANA -- More than 100 Cuban boys wearing the uniforms of local baseball teams stood in rows, smiling nervously as they got tips and training from some of their major league idols -- men who were born on the island and were once disdained by the Communist government for defecting to the United States. By Andrea Rodriguez.