- Estonia's ruling pro-Western Reform Party wins election
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's ruling Reform Party has emerged as the overall winner in the Baltic country's general election dominated by economic issues and security concerns over Russia's actions in Ukraine.
- Poulter, Casey share lead at rain-delayed Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ian Poulter didn't realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament.
- GOP senators pledge help if court bars health law subsidies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three leading Republican senators are promising to help millions of people who may lose federal health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court invalidates a pillar of President Barack Obama's health care law.
- Israel's Netanyahu on 'historic' US mission
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Sunday for a "historic" quest to stop an international nuclear deal with Iran sought by the United States. "We know a great deal about the emerging agreement," a member of Netanyahu's entourage said on condition of anonymity. He would not indicate the source of the "excellent information" Israelis have about the deal, saying only that Netanyahu would elaborate when he addresses US lawmakers on Tuesday. Israel worries that Iran and world powers will likely clinch a deal that eases international sanctions on Tehran without applying sufficiently stringent safeguards to halt its nuclear drive.
- Kerry tries to dampen fuss over Israeli PM's speech
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's congressional address, yet insisted the Obama administration's diplomatic record with Iran entitles the U.S. to "the benefit of the doubt" as negotiators work toward a long-term nuclear deal. On a mission to warn of the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran, the prime minister arrived in Washington for the speech the White House didn't want him to give.
- Harden's 33 points leads Rockets over Cavs 105-103 in OT
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 33 points for Houston and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday.
- Samsung ditches plastic design, adds mobile pay in new phone
NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung, locked in a tight race with Apple to be the world's biggest smartphone maker, has unveiled an important new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass.
- Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take charity polar plunge in Chicago
- Jimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Likely locking up a run at his record-tying seventh championship before it even turns to spring, Jimmie Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps to go Sunday, winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
- Fast and furious: Rousey looks to future after 14-second win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ronda Rousey won a fight in 16 seconds last summer, falling a second short of the quickest victory in UFC history. At the time, the bantamweight champion figured the speed with which she pummeled Alexis Davis was a fluke.
- Netanyahu flies to U.S., signs of some easing of tensions over Iran speech
By Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran. Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Netanyahu set off for the United States to deliver the speech, which has imperiled ties between the two allies. Israel fears that U.S. President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy, with an end-of-March deadline for a framework accord, will allow its arch foe to develop atomic weapons -- something Tehran denies seeking.
- Kaminsky, No. 5 Wisconsin beat Michigan State 68-61
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Frank Kaminsky scored 31 points in his final home game, sophomore Nigel Hayes added 14 and No. 5 Wisconsin clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 68-61 victory Sunday over Michigan State.
- Estonia's pro-NATO Reform party wins vote overshadowed by Russia
Estonia's governing pro-NATO Reform party topped parliamentary elections Sunday, defeating a Kremlin-oriented rival amid concerns over a militarily resurgent Russia, but analysts warned that forging a coalition would be difficult. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is expected to ask Reform chief, outgoing Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, to build a coalition on the basis of the 30 seats his party won in the 101-member parliament. "The Reform Party is the 2015 winner of the parliamentary elections," Roivas announced on Estonia's ERR public television late Sunday as official results showed his centrist Reform party won despite losing three seats.
- Newspaper: Nurse who survived Ebola says hospital failed her
DALLAS (AP) — A 26-year-old nurse said in a newspaper interview that a hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her when she contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease.
- Arizona sends Keith Yandle to Rangers for 2 players, picks
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The New York Rangers acquired a big piece in their push for another deep playoff run, picking up All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.
- Dolce&Gabbana pay sentimental tribute to mothers in Milan
MILAN (AP) — Model Bianca Balta won applause of approval as she walked down the Dolce&Gabbana runway in an advanced stage of pregnancy. It was part of the designing duo's early Mother's Day present to women, a collection dedicated to moms.
- Seller's market for NHL teams as trade deadline nears
- Nats' Scherzer simulates everything, including anthem
- Party of Lesotho's prime minister ahead in election results
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The party of Lesotho's prime minister on Sunday led in initial results from an election in the mountain kingdom, which held an early vote in an attempt to overcome tension among political factions.
- Rebekah Brooks to return to News Corp to run social media news agency - FT
(Reuters) - Former editor of the now-defunct tabloid News of the World, Rebekah Brooks is all set to make a comeback to her alma mater News Corp. , to run its social media news agency Storyful, the Financial Times reported. Founded in 2008, Storyful verifies and manages the rights holders of news and videos on social media platforms such as Twitter in real time. A close aide of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Brooks was acquitted last year by a London court of being part of an illegal conspiracy at the News of the World tabloid to hack into phones and make illegal payments.
- Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present
- Israeli PM in US for controversial speech
WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington to deliver the speech to Congress that the Obama administration did not want him to give.
- Purvis scores 28 to lead UConn to 81-73 upset of No. 21 SMU
- Obama plans trip to South Carolina, 48th state in office
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to get one step closer to visiting all 50 states while in office with a trip to South Carolina this week.
- Phillies fall to college team in 1st spring training game
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Phillies starter Paul Clemens pitched two perfect innings, but Philadelphia lost to the University of Tampa 6-2 Sunday in the first spring training game for a major league team this year.
- Anti-Putin protesters rally in New York after Nemtsov's murder
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters rallied in New York City on Sunday near the Russian permanent mission to the United Nations to denounce the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, despite fear of reprisals to themselves or family members back in Russia. Many carried signs that read "Putin Plague of 21st Century" and "Stop Dictator Putin - Stop Murderers," referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is denounced as an autocrat by a small but vocal opposition. "I know a lot of people who are discouraged to come because they're scared that their pictures or names appearing in the news will cause problems for their relatives back in Russia," Dimitry Smelansky, a 50-year old engineer who traveled to New York from Boston to take part in the rally.
- Tens of thousands march for slain Russian opposition leader Nemtsov
Tens of thousands of people marched in central Moscow on Sunday to honour the memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down near the Kremlin in the highest-profile assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule. A sea of grim-faced supporters, holding Russian flags and Nemtsov portraits, marched in the drizzle from a packed Moscow square to the bridge over the Moskva where the 55-year-old was shot in the back shortly before midnight Friday. In what appeared to be the largest opposition gathering since anti-Kremlin rallies in 2011-12 brought more than 100,000 people into the streets, marchers honoured Nemtsov's memory while condemning Moscow's stance on Ukraine. "Stop the war" in Ukraine, said others.
- Major league baseball's 1st black Latino star Minoso dies
CHICAGO (AP) — When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the "Cuban Comet" was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox.
- Nadal grabs slice of history with Argentina win
Rafael Nadal beat Juan Monaco on Sunday to win the Argentina Open, claiming his first title since Roland Garros last year and nabbing a slice of tennis history as well. Nadal's 6-4, 6-1 victory gave him the 46th claycourt title of his career, tying him with Guillermo Vilas for the most titles on the sandy surface in the Open Era. It was Nadal's 65th career crown on all surfaces, moving him into sole possession of fifth place on the Open Era all-time list led by the 109 titles of American Jimmy Connors. The Spaniard, who battled injury last year after winning his ninth French Open, exited early in Qatar and fell in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open in January.
- Ukraine's frontlines calm ahead of gas talks
Ukraine's frontlines were relatively calm on Sunday ahead of high-level EU-mediated gas talks between Kiev and Moscow, as journalists mourned the killing by mortar fire of a Ukrainian photographer. Kiev's security officials said there was no fire after midnight on Ukraine's positions and no Ukrainian soldiers have been killed over the past 24 hours. Security spokesman Andriy Lysenko however said that eight soldiers were injured after rebels shot at Kiev's positions late Saturday, including from a tank and a grenade launcher. The relative quiet in eastern Ukraine has set in following a shaky start a European-brokered peace plan to end fighting that has killed at least 5,800 people since last April.