Top stories for starting your work week, Monday, March 13, 2017.

IN FIRST BUDGET, TRUMP TO PUSH CONSERVATIVE VIEW OF GOVERNMENT

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump sends Congress a proposed budget this week that will sharply test Republicans' ability to keep long-standing promises to bolster the military, making politically painful cuts to a lengthy list of popular domestic programs.

The Republican president will ask his adopted political party, which runs Capitol Hill, to cut domestic agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, along with grants to state and local governments and community development projects.

REPORT: PARK'S ADVISERS OFFER TO RESIGN AFTER HER OUSTER

SEOUL, South Korea The senior advisers to ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye offered to resign on Monday, news reports said, three days after the country's Constitutional Court formally ended her rule over a corruption scandal.

'KONG OUTMUSCLES LOGAN TO BECOME KING OF THE BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES It was a battle of the beasts at the box office this weekend, and King Kong emerged as the definitive victor over Wolverine.

According to studio estimates Sunday, "Kong: Skull Island" amassed $61 million in its first weekend in theaters, surpassing expectations and easily beating out "Logan," which is now in its second weekend.

MORE WINTER WEATHER HEADING FOR THE NORTHEAST TODAY

Forecasters say a nor'easter will bring heavy, wind-whipped snow from New Jersey to Maine beginning late Monday.

UNICEF SAYS 2016 WAS WORST YEAR YET FOR SYRIA'S CHILDREN

BEIRUT At least 652 children were killed in Syria in 2016, making it the worst year yet for the country's rising generation, the United Nations' child relief agency said Monday.

There was no letup to attacks on schools, hospitals, playgrounds, parks and homes last year as the Syrian government, its opponents and the allies of both sides showed callous disregard for the laws of war.

NCAA BRACKETS ARE HERE, LET'S START THE MADNESS

Defending national champion Villanova claims overall top seed, with Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga leading their conferences into the basketball tournament.

Meanwhile, Northwestern's agonizing wait went down to the last quadrant Sunday. Then, finally, everyone jumped for joy as the Wildcats earned their first NCAA Tournament bid.