Chicago mayor to face runoff election
Rahm Emanuel, who was easily elected mayor of Chicago four years ago, was dealt a significant setback Tuesday. Though he came in first among the five candidates on mayoral ballots here, Emanuel failed to seal a second term by winning support from enough voters to avoid a riskier, head-to-head runoff election this spring. It was a serious blow after a campaign in which Emanuel had a huge fundraising advantage over his opponents.
Recreational pot use becomes legal
The recreational use of marijuana became legal in Alaska on Tuesday, but many regulations are still being drafted and police in at least one major city will enforce a ban on using weed in public places. Alaska is the third state in the nation where recreational use of marijuana, still a federally prohibited substance, is legal. Colorado and the state of Washington also have allowed the recreational use of the drug. In Alaska, anyone older than 21 will be allowed to possess up to an ounce of pot and have up to six plants growing on private property.
Commuter train hits stalled truck
A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup after the truck's driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks. Three of the train's five cars toppled over, sending 30 people to hospitals. Four were in critical condition, including the engineer. Lives were likely saved by passenger cars designed to absorb a crash. The four passenger cars remained largely intact, as did the locomotive.
Dispute erupts over weapons pullback
Russia-backed separatists moved some heavy weapons well back from the front line in eastern Ukraine, but the Ukrainian government disputed the rebels' claim that a real pullback had begun. A peace plan worked out on Feb. 12 aims to create a wide buffer zone between the two sides' artillery. Heavy weapons are to be pulled back 15 to 45 miles from the front line, depending on their caliber. The disagreement came as the fragile peace deal was discussed in Paris by the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France.
Toddler becomes first measles fatality
An 18-month-old boy died of measles in Berlin. It was the first known death in an outbreak of the disease that has seen more than 570 cases in the German capital since October. The German outbreak coincides with smaller ones in the United States, where 154 measles cases have been reported this year, three-quarters of them tied to an outbreak that started in California's Disneyland in December.
Palestinian killed during military raid
Israeli forces shot and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian man when clashes broke out during a military raid on a refugee camp in the Bethlehem area of the West Bank. Palestinian officials identified the dead man as Jihad Jaafari, a refugee camp resident. The Israeli military said forces "encountered a violent crowd that was hurling stones, blocks and firebombs at them." After attempts at crowd dispersal failed and the forces felt their lives were in danger, they "fired toward an instigator." An Israeli soldier was wounded.
Teen killed by police during protest
A police officer shot and killed a teenage boy during an anti-government protest in San Cristóbal, officials said, as tensions rose over a struggling economy and the arrest of an opposition politician. The interior minister, Carmen Meléndez, said that the officer had been arrested and that he admitted firing on the boy, Kluiberth Roa, with a shotgun loaded with plastic pellets.