Inspectors have found small, subsurface cracks in two more Southwest Airlines planes that are similar to the cracks that caused a jetliner to lose pressure and make a harrowing emergency landing in Arizona, the airline said Sunday. The two planes will be evaluated further and more repairs will be undertaken before they are returned to service, Southwest said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. agreed to NATO's request for a 48-hour extension of American participation in coalition airstrikes against targets in Libya and U.S. lawmakers cautioned Sunday the allies need to know more about the rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces before providing them with weapons. Two weeks into the assault on Gadhafi, Republican lawmakers expressed concern that a stalemate could leave him in control of portions of Libya and with access to stockpiles of chemical weapons.
TOKYO (AP) — Engineers pinned their hopes on chemicals, sawdust and shredded newspaper to stop highly radioactive water pouring into the ocean from Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant Sunday as officials said it will take several months to bring the crisis under control, the first time they have provided a timetable. Concrete already failed to stop the tainted water spewing from a crack in a maintenance pit, and the new mixture did not appear to be working either, but engineers said they were not abandoning it.
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Demonstrators battled police in southern Afghanistan's main city on Sunday and took to the streets in the turbulent east for the first time as Western pleas failed to halt a third day of rage over a Florida pastor's burning of the Quran. An officer was shot dead in a second day of clashes in the city of Kandahar, said provincial health director Qayum Pokhla. Two officers and 18 civilians were wounded, he said.
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Residents barricaded themselves inside their homes Sunday, blanketing windows and pushing furniture against doors as this country on Africa's western coast tensely awaited the final battle between the two men who claim the presidency. Fighters backing the internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, amassed at a tollbooth on the city's northern edge, preparing for the final assault. Their leader was declared the winner of last November's election, but Ouattara has not been able to assume office because outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to yield power.
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy Co., TiVo Inc., and Walgreen Co. are the latest in a seemingly endless string of companies to warn over the weekend that hackers gained access to customers' files, including email addresses. The companies all use the same marketing and communications vendor, Epsilon. It's a leading marketing services firm that sends more than 40 billion emails annually and has more than 2,500 clients including seven of the Fortune 10. Epsilon, based in Dallas, issued a brief statement on Friday saying "a full investigation was under way" following the discovery of the breach of some customer client data. The company said that information obtained was limited to names and email addresses and that "no other personal identifiable information associated with the names was at risk."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cardiologists are reporting a major advance: A long-awaited study suggests that many people with a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, can avoid open-heart surgery and have a new one placed through a tube in an artery instead. There is a downside — a higher risk of stroke — and uncertainty about how long these valves will last.
CHICAGO (AP) — Charlie Sheen took his road show to Chicago on Sunday night and urged the audience not to be like the one in Detroit, where the actor was heckled, booed and eventually abandoned by the crowd. People lined up outside the historic 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre before the show said they had low expectations after what they heard and read about Sheen's performance Saturday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — "The House That Built Me" helped Miranda Lambert quickly match her win total from last year's Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday night, while Lady Antebellum took home three trophies, including as artist and producer on album of the year "Need You Now." The two acts, who are the best of friends, celebrated on stage after Lambert, winner of last year's album of the year award for "Revolution," announced the winner.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Texas A&M's defense was good enough to upset two No. 1 seeds. They will find out Tuesday night if it is good enough to win a national championship.