White House: Obama plans to visit Vietnam in May
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam in May, when he'll be in Asia attending an international summit.
The White House said Obama told Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung he had accepted an invitation to visit the former U.S. adversary.
Obama and Dung spoke Monday on the sidelines of a two-day U.S. summit with Southeast Asian leaders taking place in Southern California.
Obama welcomed leaders from the 10-nation bloc on Monday, calling the landmark gathering on U.S. soil a reflection of his commitment to an enduring partnership with the diverse group of countries. — AP
Planned Parenthood clinic reopens after shooting
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs reopened on Monday, nearly three months after a gunman killed three people and injured nine others, its exterior walls showing bullet scars and its entrance sheathed in plywood.
The clinic had more than 30 scheduled appointments, plus walk-ins, said Vicki Cowart, president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Security guards were on duty, and the organization was reviewing safety, she said.
"We are opening today with our eyes to the future," Cowart said.
Only about a third of the building was in use because crews still were repairing damage from the Nov. 27 attack.
Robert Lewis Dear has been charged with 179 counts for the attack, including murder, attempted murder and assault. — AP
FBI says man who attacked diners was from Guinea
COLUMBUS, Ohio — An FBI spokesman said the man who attacked people in an Ohio restaurant with a machete and was later fatally shot by a police officer was from the West African nation of Guinea.
Spokesman Todd Lindgren said Monday that it would be premature to discuss what motivated the Thursday attack or details of the investigation.
Authorities haven't released many details about the attacker, Mohamed Barry, 30, or his background. — AP
Suspected tornadoes strike in Florida, Mississippi
CENTURY, Fla. — Suspected tornadoes touched down in Florida's Panhandle and Mississippi on Monday, destroying more than a dozen homes, damaging a school while it was in session and trapping an elderly woman and possibly other residents in rubble.
The tornadoes were part of a large winter storm system that was clobbering the eastern U.S. with snow, sleet, strong winds and rain.
Officials in Florida and Mississippi were investigating reports of at least three possible tornadoes.
Donald Pugh was at home in Century, Florida, when an apparent twister tore through his neighborhood. He said late Monday that just minutes after the storm, he and other neighbors used a chain saw to free a 94-year-old woman from the debris of her nearby home.
"It took us quite awhile," he said. The woman, who was taken to a hospital, talked to the men as they worked to free her.
"She was telling us where she was and that she was OK," Pugh said. — AP