PRES OBAMA ASKING CONGRESS FOR MORE THAN $1.8 BIL IN EMERGENCY FUNDING TO HELP FIGHT THE ZIKA VIRUS *

WH SAYS MONEY WOULD EXPAND MOSQUITO-CONTROL PROGRAMS, SPEED DEVELOPMENT OF A VACCINE, DEVELOP DIAGNOSTIC TESTS AND IMPROVE SUPPORT FOR LOW-INCOME PREGNANT WOMEN *

ZIKA IS MAINLY SPREAD BY MOSQUITOES, BUT A CASE IN DALLAS COUNTY, TX, HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN SPREAD BY SEXUAL CONTACT WITH A TRAVELER WHO'D RETURNED FROM ZIKA-AFFECTED VENEZUELA *

MOST PEOPLE WHO CATCH IT EXPERIENCE FEW SYMPTOMS, BUT MOUNTING EVIDENCE SUGGESTS INFECTION IN PREGNANT WOMEN IS LINKED TO ABNORMALLY SMALL HEADS IN THEIR BABIES *

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE SHIP CANCELS VOYAGE, RETURNING TO HOME PORT OF BAYONNE, NJ, AFTER RUNNING INTO HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS AND GIANT WAVES *

ROYAL CARIBBEAN SPOX SAYS SHIP SUFFERED MINOR DAMAGE AND FOUR PASSENGERS WERE INJURED, NONE SERIOUSLY *

168,666-TON SHIP ANTHEM OF THE SEAS WAS SAILING TO PORT CANAVERAL, FL, WHEN "EXTREME WIND AND SEA CONDITIONS" FORCED PASSENGERS INTO THEIR CABINS *

PASSENGERS TWEETING FROM ANTHEM DESCRIBED STRONG WINDS AND GIANT WAVES THAT ROCKED THE VESSEL VIOLENTLY, OVERTURNING FURNITURE, SMASHING GLASSWARE AND COLLAPSING PART OF A CEILING IN A PUBLIC CORRIDOR *

PRES OBAMA MEETS AT WHITE HOUSE WITH ITALIAN PRES SERGIO MATTARELLA *

THE TWO DISCUSSED EFFORTS TO COMBAT ISIS IN LIBYA, INCLUDING THE NEED FOR THE NORTH AFRICAN NATION TO FORM A UNITED GOVT *

ISIS FORCES HAVE ATTACKED LIBYA'S OIL INFRASTRUCTURE AND TAKEN CONTROL OF THE CITY OF SIRTE, EXPLOITING A POWER VACUUM AS TWO RIVAL GOVTS BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY *

OBAMA AND MATTARELLA ALSO DISCUSSED EUROPE'S REFUGEE CRISIS AND THE SITUATION IN IRAQ AND SYRIA *

CHIPOTLE SHUTTERS STORES NATIONWIDE FROM 11 AM-3 PM FOR ALL-STAFF MEETING ADDRESSING RECENT OUTBREAKS OF E. COLI AND NOROVIRUS *

MORE THAN 50,000 EMPLOYEES JOINED MEETING VIA SATELLITE IN MORE THAN 400 VIEWING LOCATIONS *

CO-CEOS STEVE ELLS AND MONTGOMERY MORAN HOSTED MEETING, WITH ELLS SAYING HE IS DEEPLY SORRY THAT PEOPLE BECAME ILL AND ADDING THE COMPANY IS "COMMITTED TO MAKE SURE IT WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN'' *

E. COLI OUTBREAK SICKENED MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE IN 14 STATES *

LIBERAL PM JUSTIN TRUDEAU ANNOUNCES CANADA WILL END AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ BY FEB 22 *

TRUDEAU SAYS THE PEOPLE TERRORIZED BY ISIS "DON'T NEED OUR VENGEANCE, THEY NEED OUR HELP" *

U.S. HAD ASKED COALITION MEMBERS TO BOOST MILITARY CONTRIBUTIONS AGAINST ISIS FOLLOWING NOV 13 PARIS TERROR ATTACKS, BUT TRUDEAU HAD CAMPAIGNED ON PROMISE CANADA WOULD PULL ITS JETS *

TRUDEAU: "AS I SAID MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN... THIS IS A NON-COMBAT MISSION" *

SUPER BOWL 50 REACHED AN AVG OF 111.9 MIL VIEWERS, DOWN FROM LAST TWO YRS, NIELSEN SAYS *

HOWEVER, CONTEST WAS THE THIRD MOST-WATCHED TV EVENT IN U.S. HISTORY *

NIELSEN ADDS EVENT WAS LIVE-STREAMED BY JUST UNDER 4 MIL ADDL PEOPLE, SETTING DIGITAL RECORDS *

LAST YR'S GAME BETWEEN NEW ENGLAND AND SEATTLE REMAINS THE MOST-WATCHED SUPER BOWL EVER WITH 114.4 MIL VIEWERS *

PENTAGON CONFIRMS MON N KOREA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED A SATELLITE OR SIMILAR DEVICE INTO ORBIT *

PENTAGON SPOX SAYS THE U.S. WILL BEGIN "FORMAL CONSULTATIONS" WITH S KOREA OVER IMPROVEMENTS TO COUNTRY'S MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM IN LIGHT OF LAUNCH *

U.S. CONDEMNED N KOREA'S LAUNCH OF A LONG-RANGE ROCKET, DESCRIBING IT AS A BANNED TEST OF BALLISTIC MISSILE TECHNOLOGY *

FAA SAYS THERE ARE NOW MORE REGISTERED DRONE OPERATORS IN THE U.S. THAN THERE ARE LICENSED PILOTS *

ACCORDING TO FAA THERE ARE 325,000 REGISTERED DRONE OWNERS IN THE U.S., COMPARED TO 320,000 LICENSED PILOTS *

FAA LAUNCHED DRONE REGISTRATION PROGRAM IN DEC, SAYING IT WOULD HELP TRACK DOWN OPERATORS WHO VIOLATE REGULATIONS *

WIFE OF FMR SENIOR ISIS LEADER CHARGED IN DEATH OF AMERICAN HOSTAGE KAYLA MUELLER *

FED CRIMINAL COMPLAINT ACCUSES 25-YR-OLD NISREEN ASSAD IBRAHIM BAHAR, ALSO KNOWN AS UMM SAYYAF, OF HOLDING MUELLER AND OTHER WOMEN CAPTIVE *

SAYYAF WAS ARRESTED IN JUNE DELTA FORCE RAID ON COMPOUND IN SYRIA AND IS CURRENTLY FACING TERROR CHARGES IN IRAQ *

RAID KILLED SAYYAF'S HUSBAND, WHO OVERSAW TERROR GROUP'S OIL AND GAS OPS *

NC STATE ATTYS ASK FED COURT TO DELAY ITS ORDER DIRECTING LAWMAKERS TO DRAW NEW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS BY END OF WK *

NC IS ASKING FOR DELAY BECAUSE STATE'S PRIMARIES ARE JUST FIVE WKS AWAY *

THREE-JUDGE PANEL FOUND NC'S 1ST AND 12TH DISTRICTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE STATE LAWMAKERS RELIED TOO MUCH ON RACE IN DRAWING THEM IN 2011 *

VOTING GETTING UNDERWAY AT MIDNIGHT IN NH'S FIRST-IN-THE-NATION PRIMARY *

TINY COMMUNITIES OF HART, MILLSFIELD AND DIXVILLE NOTCH ARE FIRST TO CAST BALLOTS TUES *

LATEST NH POLLS SHOW BUSINESSMAN DONALD TRUMP LEADING THE GOP PRIMARY AND VT SEN BERNIE SANDERS AHEAD IN THE DEM RACE *

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