Quake kills at least 8, injures more than 100

A strong earthquake damaged buildings, killed at least eight people and injured more than 100 in India's remote northeast region Monday. The death and injuries were caused by falling debris. Manipur State authorities said several areas suffered extensive damage, especially the capital, Imphal. The 6.7-magnitude quake left large cracks in walls, damaged a bridge on the outskirts of the capital and caused a newly constructed six-story building to collapse.

Siege at air base enters is third day

A fifth gunman was killed on the third day of a siege at a heavily fortified Indian air base near the border with Pakistan, and at least one attacker remained as troops worked to secure the sprawling compound, a military official said. Seven troops at Pathankot air force base have been killed. The attack has dragged on since early Saturday as government troops struggle to contain the heavily armed attackers.


Catalonia likely will have new elections

Spain's political deadlock deepened as the industrial region of Catalonia stumbled toward fresh elections, adding to an existing impasse over the formation of a new national government. On Sunday, acting Catalan President Artur Mas failed to win support from the anti-capitalist CUP Party for his bid to piece together a regional government dedicated to independence from Spain. That raises the likelihood of early elections in March in a region that accounts for about 20 percent of Spain's output.


Country singer's body is found

The body of country singer Craig Strickland, who disappeared in late December after leaving on a duck hunting trip, has been found. Strickland's wife, Helen, acknowledged the news via Twitter on Monday. The country singer, who led the Fayetteville, Ark., sextet Backroad Anthem, vanished in rural Oklahoma on Dec. 27, and authorities had been searching a lake where the body of his hunting partner had been discovered last week. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Strickland's body was found in northern Oklahoma in an area known as Bear Creek Cove.


Rep. McDermott will retire after 14 terms

Longtime Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington state announced Monday that he will not seek election for a 15th time when he completes his term at the end of the year. "I retire from the House forever humbled and grateful to my constituents for their unwavering embrace," McDermott told reporters. He was first elected in 1988 and is the longest-serving member of the state's congressional delegation. He has been re-elected by wide margins, and his seat is certain to stay in Democratic hands.


State will accept Syrian refugees

Gov. Nathan Deal retreated from an order he signed weeks ago that tried to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia, relenting after the state's top lawyer concluded he had no legal power to stop them from coming. The reversal comes five days after Attorney General Sam Olens issued a formal opinion that undercut Deal's position. It also cleared the way for new arrivals from Syria to receive public assistance benefits. Deal had carved out one of the nation's more aggressive stances against the White House's plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees.

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