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The Latest: GOP Candidates offer Super Bowl picks
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): 10:38 p.m. The picks are in: most Republicans running for president think the Carolina Panthers are going to win the Super Bowl. Four of the seven candidates in Saturday's debate predicted a Carolina victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Ben Carson didn't make a prediction, instead joking that "it will be either Denver or Carolina." Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the most honest in his pandering, saying "With an eye to Feb.


Rubio under fire in GOP debate after rise in polls
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals vigorously challenging his readiness to be president and the depth of his expertise as they sought to salvage their own White House hopes. Sen. Ted Cruz, fresh off his victory in the Iowa caucuses, also came under withering criticism for controversial political tactics, with one candidate disparaging him for having "Washington ethics" and being willing to test the campaign's legal limits. The focus on the two senators allowed GOP front-runner Donald Trump to go largely untouched in his return to the debate stage.


The Latest: UN deplores North Korea's rocket launch
A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored North Korea's rocket launch, which he says is in violation of Security Council resolutions against Pyongyang's use of ballistic missile technology.He says the launch came despite the "united plea of the international community against such an act."The Secretary-General reiterates his call on North Korea to halt its provocative actions and return to compliance with its international obligations.The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting Sunday at 11 a.m. EST on the North Korean launch. The U.S., which confirmed the meeting, requested council members to meet along with Japan.


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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 was fired from North Korea's west coast and tracked separately by the United States, Japan and South Korea. At an emergency national security council meeting in Seoul, the country's president called the firing an "intolerable provocation." North Korea calls its launches part of a peaceful space program and said its state media would soon make a "special announcement."


Taiwan rescuers find signs of life in quake rubble
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) - Rescuers on Sunday found signs of life 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.


Pilot's husband doesn't believe she survived collision
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The husband of a pilot who was involved in a midair collision that sent at least one plane plunging into the ocean near the Port of Los Angeles says he believes she did not survive the accident. Richard Falstrom told The Associated Press on Saturday that his wife, Mary Falstrom, told him the nice weather beckoned her to go fly. He said she never came home and that he's certain her small-engine plane went down. "She loved flying. It was a passion," he said, adding that she has decades of piloting experience. His comments came hours after the U.S.


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.


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.


Directors Guild Awards offer a peek behind the camera
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While the annual Directors Guild of America Awards can herald the eventual Oscar winners in the best director and picture categories, Saturday's ceremony also offers a telling look at who's working behind the camera in Hollywood amid the industry's ongoing discussion about diversity. Women comprise about 28 percent of nominees for the awards that recognize achievement in directing in various formats, from commercials to TV shows to feature films. There are 14 women and eight non-white nominees among the slate of 47 directors. "I'm the only woman on both of the feature lists, so that feels like a lot of responsibility," said Marielle Heller, who joined the Directors Guild after making "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," for which she is nominated for achievement by a first-time feature filmmaker.


Favre, Stabler, Harrison, Greene, Pace, Dungy voted to Hall
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brett Favre and the late Ken Stabler, a pair of kindred-spirit QBs who each won a Super Bowl, were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Also voted in for the class of 2016 a day before the Super Bowl were modern-day players Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison and Orlando Pace, coach Tony Dungy, contributor Ed DeBartolo Jr., and senior selection Dick Stanfel. The freewheeling Favre, as expected, was a first-ballot entry, a reward for a long and distinguished career, mostly with the Green Bay Packers, that included three consecutive NFL MVP awards from 1995-97 and a championship in the 1997 Super Bowl.