10 things to know for Monday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. IRAQI MILITARY MAKING PROGRESS IN FIGHT FOR RAMADI
The head of military operations in Anbar says that troops have retaken a strategic government complex but parts of the city remain under control of the Islamic State group.
2. WHO STRIKES BREAKTHROUGH DEAL
South Korea and Japan agree to resolve a decades-long impasse over Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II.
3. CHICAGO POLICE SHOOTING OF GRANDMOTHER, TEEN DRAWS CRITICISM
It raises further questions about law enforcement practices which are already under intense scrutiny.
4. SEVERE WEATHER LEAVES DOZENS DEAD IN THE U.S.
At least 11 people died in the tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area, bringing the nationwide death toll from storms and floods to at least 43 in less than a week.
5. WHERE PENALTIES FOR POT ARE EASED
At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs, The AP learns.
6. WHY JAPAN KEEPS DOORS CLOSED TO REFUGEES
Its hands-off response to the global refugee crisis reflects deep unease over allowing in outsiders, in keeping with the insular customs of this island nation.
7. PRESIDENT ENCOURAGES STAFF TO 'STAY ON OFFENSE'
It is a rallying cry for a White House that suddenly seems to find its footing in the final quarter of Obama's tenure.
8. NYC MAY FIT MORE 'MICRO' APARTMENTS INTO HOUSING PICTURE
Critics fear a turn back toward the city's tenement past and question whether less space will really mean less expensive.
9. KIDS' ASTHMA RATES QUIET DOWN AFTER EARLIER INCREASE
A possible plateau in childhood obesity levels and declines in air pollution are among factors that may have helped lower cases, a 2001-13 study suggests.
10. 'STAR WARS' MAKERS HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR CHINA SUCCESS
'The Force Awakens' breaks the $1 billion mark in just 12 days in the U.S., but producers anticipate it will play "very very well" in the world's second-biggest film market.
— Associated Press.