The Latest: Carson misses intro at debate MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The Latest on the race for president, with candidates focusing on New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the 2016 race on Tuesday (all times local): 8:18 p.m. The Republican presidential debate got off to a bumpy start Saturday when Ben Carson apparently didn't hear his name called by the hosts from ABC News. Carson was to come on stage second, but walked to the edge of the stage and stopped, not hearing his name. He awkwardly remained as several of his rivals walked pass him to the podium. He eventually walked out. --- 8:15 p.m.
Over 100 missing, 18 dead as strong quake rattles Taiwan TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) - Rescuers on Sunday found signs of live within the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed at least 18 people and injured hundreds. The emergency center in Tainan, the worst-hit city, estimated that 132 people were still missing more than 24 hours after the magnitude-6.4 quake struck at dawn Saturday. Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said in TV interviews from the site of the building collapse that life detecting equipment had found signs of life from at least 29 trapped people. Rescuers had already pulled out at least 247 survivors from the collapsed building.
Rubio braces for attacks in debate, Trump returning to stage MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Marco Rubio headed into the latest Republican debate ready for an onslaught of attacks about his experience and readiness for the White House, while a trio of his rivals sought a breakout performance before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary - an election critical to their presidential hopes. Donald Trump also was rejoining his competitors in the debate arena Saturday night after having skipped the previous faceoff in Iowa. He finished second in the Iowa caucuses and has spent the past week complaining bitterly about the result. While Iowa shook Trump's grip on the Republican field, he has led New Hampshire preference polls for months and the state is still seen as his to lose in Tuesday's voting.
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North Korea fires rocket seen as covert missile test SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. The rocket, fired from North Korea's west coast and tracked by the governments in South Korea and Japan, came about two hours after an eight-day launch window opened Sunday morning. It follows North Korea's widely disputed claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb. Washington, Seoul and their allies will consider it a further provocation and will push for more tough sanctions in the United Nations.
Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - It's another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb. How is this playing in Seoul, though? And in Pyongyang? Here, Associated Press bureau chiefs responsible for both countries weigh in. In Seoul, Foster Klug, and Eric Talmadge, who's been monitoring Pyongyang. Talmadge has been Pyongyang bureau chief since 2013, and has covered Asian security issues for more than a decade. Klug has been leading coverage of South Korea as news editor and bureau chief since 2010, and covered North Korea for five years before that as a Washington-based Asia correspondent.
Turkey under pressure as Syrians mass at border BEIRUT (AP) - Turkey came under mounting pressure to open its border Saturday as tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a government onslaught sought entry and the European Union called on Ankara to grant them refuge. As many as 35,000 Syrians have massed along the closed border, according to Suleyman Tapsiz, governor of the Turkish border province of Kilis. He said Turkey would provide aid to the displaced within Syria, but would only open the gates in the event of an "extraordinary crisis." The Norwegian Refugee Council said thousands of Syrians have arrived at seven of the main informal camps close to the Turkish border.
States taking action to keep guns out of abusers' hands IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation's highly polarized debate over guns. Lawmakers and governors of both parties have supported bills stripping gun rights from those who have been convicted of domestic violence-related crimes or are subject to protective orders. The measures have been backed by victims' advocates, law enforcement groups and gun control supporters who see easy access to firearms as a major contributor to domestic violence killings. Similar proposals are expected to be debated in several states this year.
Chicago officer sues estate of teen he shot, claiming trauma CHICAGO (AP) - A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidentally killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager's estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized. The highly unusual suit was filed Friday in the middle of the city's effort to grapple with serious questions about the future of its police force. Those questions include the adequacy of its system for investigating police shootings and how to win back public trust after several cases of alleged misconduct. The U.S. Justice Department is conducting a wide-ranging civil rights investigation, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised a major overhaul of the Police Department and steps to heal its fraught relationship with black residents.
Somali officials: Suicide bomber may have blown hole in jet MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - A suicide bomber is suspected to have set off the explosive that blew a hole in a jetliner, sucked the man out of the plane and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing on Tuesday in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, Somali officials said Saturday. "Experts who were investigating the cause of the blast in the plane concluded that a bomb was the cause," said Ali Jama Jangali, Somalia's transport minister at a press conference in Mogadishu. "The bomb aimed to kill all onboard the plane. Al-Shabab (Somalia's Islamic extremist rebel group) was behind it," he said of the explosion on a Daallo Airlines Airbus 321.
Despite troubles aplenty, NFL and Super Bowl popular as ever SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The headlines hit in a persistent stream this season, and the onslaught only grew steadier as the Super Bowl approached. Concussions scrambling the brains of current and former players. Fantasy football under siege. Poor officiating. Ugly football. A commissioner still not fully trusted by the players and public to handle it all. And yet, with the 50th edition of the NFL's title-game extravaganza on tap Sunday, the league has never looked in better shape. The values of TV contracts are still rising. The league is bringing at least one, and probably two, teams to Los Angeles and getting new stadiums in Minnesota and Atlanta.