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Tropical storm forms in Eastern Pacific

Tropical Storm Norbert has formed in the Eastern Pacific about 375 miles southeast of the southern tip of Baja California. The system is tracking to the north at 9 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, prompting a tropical storm watch for the southern end of the Baja California peninsula. The storm is expected to strengthen and turn more northwesterly over the next few days, with winds strengthening to 65 mph on Thursday before gradually weakening. Tropical storm force winds extend 60 miles from the center.

Rebels lower demands in peace talks

MOSCOW — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

Ferguson’s flashpoint sparks national outrage

LOS ANGELES — They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: the killing of Michael Brown.

Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said.

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