Strike on citizen weighed
The Obama administration is considering authorizing the CIA or the military to kill an American citizen hiding in Pakistan who allegedly has helped al-Qaida militants plan attacks against U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan and is actively plotting future attacks, officials said Monday. Justice Department lawyers are reviewing the evidence and have not yet determined whether President Barack Obama should consider adding the American, whose identity was not disclosed, to the list of terrorism suspects who are hunted and killed overseas. The case could revive the bitter congressional debate over administration counterterrorism policies.
More time allowed on inmates
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday won two more years to reduce prison crowding, a significant victory in his battle with federal judges over inmate numbers. A panel of judges gave the governor until the end of February 2016 to ease crowding to levels they consider safe and imposed a schedule for doing so. In return, the administration must make more inmates — mostly the elderly and ill — eligible for parole.
Officials prepare for new storm
After being widely mocked for their slow response to snow and ice in the Atlanta area in January, officials in Georgia are trying to take the opposite approach with a new storm that is predicted to be more severe. Much of the region was shutting down Monday as politicians and public works crews vowed there will not be a repeat of the Jan. 28 storm. The height of the new storm is not expected until Wednesday, meteorologists say.
Washington: The House is likely to vote Wednesday on a plan to extend the government's borrowing authority into 2015 in exchange for reversing a cut to the pensions of working-age military veterans that Congress approved just two months ago to try to trim the budget deficit.
Mexico: Mexican officials discovered hundreds of skeletal remains scattered on ranches in a stretch of towns along the U.S.-Mexico border as they carried out a wide search to locate missing people, a spokesman said Monday.
Guyana: International flights departed from Guyana under heavier than normal security Monday after an unusual threat alert from the U.S. government. No incidents were reported.
Afghanistan: An attacker rammed a car bomb into a NATO convoy in Kabul and killed two foreign civilian contractors, officials said Monday.