Illinois

Charter school teachers' strike ends

The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator will end after their union and management struck a tentative deal Sunday that includes protections for students and immigrant families living in the country illegally. The Chicago Teachers Union said more than 500 teachers will return to classes Monday at Acero's 15 schools with 7,500 predominantly Latino students. Teachers went on strike last Tuesday.

Georgia

Shooting wounds two at Atlanta hotel

A "highly intoxicated" man shot two people inside a downtown Atlanta hotel connected to CNN's headquarters. Police said the victims had been trying to help 31-year-old Sedarius Dennis back to his room in the Omni Atlanta Hotel after a party when Dennis shot them early Sunday. Authorities said a 31-year-old man and a 37-year-old man were hospitalized in stable condition. Dennis was captured by CNN security.

California

Sierras' snow blanket bodes well for drought

Back-to-back California storms blanketed the Sierra Nevada in snow, more than twice the snowpack level compared to this time last year, with winter still nearly two weeks away. At the same time last year, the Sierra snowpack was 47 percent of average. A series of systems starting around Thanksgiving dropped several feet of snow. The Sierra snowpack provides about 30 percent of the yearly fresh water supply for California.

Sweden

Russia is now No. 2 arms producer

A Swedish think tank said that Russia is the world's second-largest arms producer after the U.S. Russia surpassed Britain, which had held that spot since 2002 and remains Western Europe's No. 1 arms maker. In its annual report, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said that the combined arms sales of Russian companies amounted to $37.7 billion in 2017, an 8.5 percent rise from a year earlier.

Belgium

Ruling coalition falls over migration

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel scrambled to hold on to power Sunday as his nation became the latest to face political upheaval caused by the planned adoption this week of a symbolic global pact on migration. The controversy over the U.N. global compact for safe and orderly migration revealed the degree to which the issue has become politically poisonous in the era of Donald Trump and rising far-right leaders in Europe.

Yemen

Houthi rebel leader wants torture probe

A top leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels has called for an investigation after the Associated Press found evidence of extreme torture in Houthi-run lockups. Thousands have been imprisoned by the Houthi militia during Yemen's civil war. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the Supreme Revolutionary Council, said Sunday that authorities should examine the AP report.

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