Saudi Arabia says strikes push Yemen rebels out of air bases SANAA, Yemen (AP) - A Saudi-led airstrike campaign targeting Shiite rebels who control much of Yemen has pushed them out of contested air bases and destroyed any jet fighter remaining in the Arab world's poorest country, the kingdom has said. Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed bin Hasan Asiri said the airstrike campaign, now entering its fourth day Sunday, continued to target Scud missiles in Yemen, leaving most of their launching pads "devastated," according to remarks carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
Pence: Effort to 'clarify' religious objections law underway INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he would support legislation to "clarify the intent" of a new state law that has attracted widespread criticism over concerns it could allow discrimination against gay people. In an interview Saturday with the Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1MhuY1d), the Republican governor said he's been in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend. He expects that a clarification bill will be introduced this coming week to the religious objections law he signed Thursday. Pence declined to provide details but told the newspaper that making gay and lesbian Indiana residents a protected legal class is "not on my agenda."
Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral SINGAPORE (AP) - Tens of thousands of Singaporeans undeterred by heavy rains lined a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew. Lee's coffin, protected from the downpour by a glass casing, lay atop a ceremonial gun carriage led solemnly past city landmarks from parliament to a cultural center where the state funeral will be held. Walking slowly in the coffin's wake as it exited parliament were Lee's son, the current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, other family members and government officials.
Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) - An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and left the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, authorities said early Sunday. The airline said all passengers with Flight AC624 from Toronto left the plane and went to the terminal. Halifax Airport said there were no injuries reported.
Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!' NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black woman while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. "No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful," Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls.
7 shot and injured at Florida spring break house party PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Seven people were injured, some critically, during an early-morning spray of gunfire Saturday at a spring break party on the Florida Panhandle, police said. An Alabama man was quickly apprehended and charged with attempted murder. Multiple 911 calls flooded in just before 1 a.m., reporting the shootings at the house party in Panama City Beach, and deputies found a sprawling crime scene with victims inside the home, outside and across the street from it, and in the street's median, the Bay County Sheriff's Office said.
Jolie delivers empowerment message at Kids' Choice Awards LOS ANGELES (AP) - The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids' Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie's message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck. Jolie, who has sought to inspire women with public candor about her own health, said that "different is good" as she accepted the favorite villain award Saturday for her movie role as the title character in "Maleficent."
Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour PARIS (AP) - The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change. The five-minute dark-out on Saturday night was a symbolic gesture in the City of Light. Cities around the world also marked the event, with other landmarks like the Kremlin and the Empire State Building going dark.
Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history. In electoral violence elsewhere, three people including a soldier were shot and killed in political thuggery in southern Rivers state, and two car bombs exploded at polling stations in the southeast but no one was injured, according to police.