$18B price tag put on effort to block carp
A federal agency sent Congress a list of alternatives Monday for shielding the Great Lakes from an invasion by Asian carp via Chicago's web of waterways that could devastate native fish. The proposals include construction projects in Chicago waterways that could cost more than $18 billion and take 25 years to complete. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined to endorse a single plan after studying the matter since 2009, disappointing sponsors of legislation that ordered the agency to move faster. Instead, the Corps provided an analysis with eight possible approaches.
Mother moves girl who is brain dead
The 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is being cared for at a facility that shares her family's belief that she still is alive, her uncle, Omari Sealey, said Monday. Jahi McMath's family and their lawyer would not disclose where the 8th grader was taken on Sunday night after a weekslong battle to prevent Children's Hospital Oakland from removing her from the breathing machine that has kept her heart beating for 28 days.
8 months in jail for toddler-slapping
A federal judge on Monday sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to slapping a crying toddler on an Atlanta-bound flight to serve eight months in federal prison. Joe Rickey Hundley was accused of using a racial slur to refer to the 19-month-old boy, who's black, and hitting him under the eye as the flight from Minneapolis descended to the Atlanta airport last February. He pleaded guilty in October to simple assault after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Britain: Hundreds of British lawyers — many dressed in traditional white curled wigs and black gowns — swapped courtrooms for picket lines Monday to protest planned cuts to legal aid
South Korea: South Korea's president proposed Monday that the two Koreas improve their tense relations by resuming the reunions of families separated since the Korean War, a humanitarian program that seemed close to being renewed last year but was scuttled as negotiations soured.
United Nations: U.N. officials warned the Security Council that Central African Republic is on the brink of a catastrophe, with half the population made homeless by ethnic warfare.
Israel: For a second day running, African immigrants in Israel took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest government policy and demand better treatment.