VENEZUELA SAYS THREE PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM COMPLICATIONS RELATED TO MOSQUITO-BORNE ZIKA VIRUS, THE COUNTRY'S FIRST ZIKA-RELATED DEATHS *

VENEZUELAN PRES NICOLAS MADURO SAYS ANOTHER 68 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED WITH COMPLICATIONS CONFIRMED TO BE RELATED TO VIRUS *

MADURO DIDN'T SAY WHAT COMPLICATIONS WERE OR HOW DEATHS HAD BEEN CONFIRMED TO BE ZIKA-RELATED *

VENEZUELA IS REPORTING MORE THAN 5,000 SUSPECTED CASES OF ZIKA SINCE NOV, WHILE LOCAL HEALTH ORGS SAY THE REAL NUMBER IS LIKELY MUCH HIGHER *

UBER SAYS IT WILL PAY $28.5 MIL TO SETTLE TWO LAWSUITS SAYING RIDE-HAILING FIRM MISLED CUSTOMERS ABOUT ITS SAFETY PROCEDURES AND FEES *

COMPANY TOLD A SAN FRANCISCO FEDERAL JUDGE IT WANTS TO SETTLE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUITS BY PAYING ABOUT 25 MILLION RIDERS WHO MADE TRIPS BETWEEN JAN 1, 2013, AND JAN 31, 2016 *

LAWSUITS ATTACKED UBER FOR CHARGING A FEE EVERY TRIP FOR WHAT COMPANY CALLED INDUSTRY-LEADING BACKGROUND CHECKS ON DRIVERS, EVEN THOUGH RIDE-HAILING FIRM DOESN'T DO FINGERPRINT CHECKS REQUIRED OF TAXI DRIVERS *

UNDER SETTLEMENT, UBER SAYS IT WILL STOP USING CERTAIN "SAFETY-RELATED" ADVERTISING LANGUAGE AND WILL RENAME ITS "SAFE RIDE FEE" AS A "BOOKING FEE" *

TAIWANESE LEADERS AND RELATIVES GATHER TO HOLD A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR VICTIMS LOST IN LAST WEEKEND'S MAG-6.4 EARTHQUAKE *

LEADERS OFFERED FLOWERS AND SHOOK HANDS WITH RELATIVES WHILE FAMILY MEMBERS LIT INCENSE AND BOWED BEFORE VICTIMS' PHOTOGRAPHS *

DEATH TOLL FROM EARTHQUAKE ROSE TO 94 FRI, WITH AS MANY AS 41 PEOPLE STILL MISSING AND PRESUMED TRAPPED UNDER RUBBLE *

POLICE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, HAVE SHOT AND KILLED A MAN WHO INJURED AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE IN A RESTAURANT WITH A MACHETE *

POLICE SAY MAN WAS IN MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT A HALF HOUR BEFORE ATTACK, BUT LEFT AND THEN RETURNED *

MOTIVE FOR ATTACK REMAINS UNCLEAR *

VICTIMS WERE HOSPITALIZED AND ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER *

PRES OBAMA IS GRANTING NATIONAL MONUMENT STATUS TO NEARLY 1.8 MIL ACRES OF SCENIC SOUTHERN CA DESERT *

WHITE HOUSE SAYS MOVE WILL HELP MAINTAIN REGION'S FRAGILE ECOSYSTEM AND NATURAL RESOURCES, AND PROVIDE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIKERS, CAMPERS, HUNTERS AND OTHERS *

OBAMA, WHO'S IN CA THIS WEEK, WILL MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT FRI *

POPE FRANCIS BEGINS SEVEN-DAY TRIP THAT WILL TAKE HIM FIRST TO HAVANA, CUBA, THEN TO MEXICO *

PONTIFF WILL MEET WITH HEAD OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN HAVANA IN A GROUND-BREAKING STEP TOWARD IMPROVING CATHOLIC-ORTHODOX RELATIONS *

FRANCIS WILL THEN VISIT MEXICO AND RETURN TO ROME ON FEB 18 *

S KOREA SAYS IT HAS CUT OFF POWER AND WATER SUPPLIES TO A FACTORY PARK IN N KOREA, A DAY AFTER NORTH DEPORTED ALL S KOREAN WORKERS THERE AND ORDERED A MILITARY TAKEOVER OF COMPLEX *

JOINTLY-OPERATED KAESONG COMPLEX HAS BEEN LAST MAJOR SYMBOL OF COOPERATION BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA *

SOUTH SUSPENDED OPERATIONS AT PARK IN RESPONSE TO N KOREAN ROCKET LAUNCH SUN *

PROTESTING GREEK FARMERS CLASH WITH RIOT POLICE OUTSIDE AGRICULTURE MINISTRY IN CENTRAL ATHENS *

THOUSANDS OF FARMERS FROM ACROSS GREECE HEADED TO GREEK CAPITAL FOR A TWO-DAY PROTEST AGAINST GOVT'S PLANS TO IMPOSE NEW TAX HIKES AND REFORM PENSION SYSTEM *

RIOT POLICE USED TEAR GAS TO REPEL PROTESTERS WHO WERE THROWING ROCKS AND SETTING DUMPSTERS ON FIRE *

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS POSSIBLE ZIKA VACCINES ARE AT LEAST 18 MONTHS AWAY FROM LARGE-SCALE TRIALS *

W.H.O. OFFICIAL SAYS U.N. HEALTH AGENCY'S RESPONSE IS QUICKLY PROCEEDING AND 15 COMPANIES OR GROUPS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS POSSIBLE PARTICIPANTS IN HUNT FOR VACCINES *

OFFICIAL SAYS W.H.O. BELIEVES LINK BETWEEN MOSQUITO-BORNE VIRUS AND ABNORMALLY SMALL HEADS IN SOME NEWBORN CHILDREN IS BECOMING MORE PROBABLE *

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