ISIS CHEMICAL WEAPONS EXPERT KILLED LAST WK IN A COALITION AIRSTRIKE IN IRAQ, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. MILITARY *

ABU MALIK, A CHEMICAL WEAPONS ENGINEER UNDER FORMER IRAQI PRES SADDAM HUSSEIN, WAS KILLED ON JAN 24 BY AN AIRSTRIKE NEAR MOSUL *

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND SAYS MALIK'S "PAST TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE PROVIDED THE TERRORIST GROUP WITH EXPERTISE TO PURSUE A CHEMICAL WEAPONS CAPABILITY" *

U.S.-LED COALITION HAS CARRIED OUT ALMOST 2,000 AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIS TARGETS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA *

THOUSANDS OF SHIITES ACROSS PAKISTAN MOURNING AND PROTESTING SAT AFTER A BOMBING AT A SHIITE MOSQUE IN THE COUNTRY'S SOUTH KILLED AT LEAST 59 PEOPLE *

THOUSANDS OF MOURNERS HELD A MASS FUNERAL IN SHIKARPUR, AND SHIITE ORGS HELD SIT-INS IN DIFFERENT CITIES ACROSS PAKISTAN *

SUNNI MILITANTS LINKED TO THE TALIBAN SAID THEY CARRIED OUT THE BOMBING, ONE OF THE WORST SECTARIAN ATTACKS IN PAKISTAN IN RECENT YEARS *

AFTER THREE ROUNDS OF INCONCLUSIVE VOTING, ITALY'S PARLIAMENT ELECTS CONSTITUTIONAL COURT JUDGE SERGIO MATTARELLA AS PRES *

MATTARELLA WAS THE ONLY CANDIDATE PUT FORWARD BY PM MATTEO RENZI'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY *

73-YR-OLD MATTARELLA WON WITH 665 VOTES, FAR PAST THE 505 REQUIRED TO WIN *

WH URGING PARENTS TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN VACCINATED IN THE WAKE OF A MEASLES OUTBREAK IN CA *

ABOUT 100 CASES OF THE MEASLES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE U.S. SINCE LAST MONTH IN THE SECOND-BIGGEST OUTBREAK IN AT LEAST 15 YEARS *

MOST HAVE BEEN TRACED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO DISNEYLAND IN SOUTHERN CA *

TOP JAPANESE DIPLOMAT SAYS EFFORTS TO FREE A JOURNALIST FROM ISIS CAPTIVITY HAVE REACHED A "STATE OF DEADLOCK" *

FATE OF WAR REPORTER KENJI GOTO HAS BEEN LINKED TO THAT OF ANOTHER HOSTAGE, A JORDANIAN FIGHTER PILOT, WHOM THE EXTREMISTS ALSO HAVE THREATENED TO KILL *

JORDAN AND JAPAN ARE REPORTEDLY CONDUCTING INDIRECT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE MILITANTS WHO CONTROL A THIRD OF BOTH IRAQ AND SYRIA *

PURPORTED THREAT BY ISIS TO KILL THE PILOT AT SUNSET THURS UNLESS AN AL QAEDA PRISONER WAS RELEASED BY JORDAN HAS PASSED WITH NO WORD SINCE ON THE HOSTAGES *

TWO PILOTS IN A HELIUM-FILLED BALLOON LAND SAFELY OFF THE COAST OF MEXICO AFTER A NEARLY 7,000-MILE-LONG TRIP ACROSS THE PACIFIC *

SIX-DAY TRIP BROKE TWO LONG-STANDING RECORDS IN BALLOONING *

PILOTS, ONE AMERICAN AND ONE RUSSIAN, BEAT THE 137-HOUR DURATION RECORD SET DURING THE FIRST BALLOON FLIGHT ACROSS THE ATLANTIC *

THEY ALSO EASILY EXCEEDED THE DISTANCE RECORD OF 5,209 MILES SET DURING THE FIRST TRANS-PACIFIC FLIGHT IN 1981 *

NASA SATELLITE LAUNCHES ON THREE-YEAR MISSION TO MEASURE THE AMOUNT OF WATER IN SOIL *

DELTA 2 ROCKET CARRYING THE SOIL MOISTURE ACTIVE PASSIVE (SMAP) SATELLITE LAUNCHED SAT FROM VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE IN CA *

IT'LL TAKE SOME TIME BEFORE PROJECT MANAGERS KNOW IF THE SATELLITE SEPARATED FROM THE ROCKET *