Candidates sprint to NH finish, but brace for long campaign SALEM, N.H. (AP) - Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation's initial primary. GOP contenders vying for second and third saw fresh hopes for survival after New Hampshire as both parties settled in for a drawn-out slog to the nomination. As snowfall brought yet more uncertainty to the race's final hours, Hillary Clinton tried to move past talk of a shakeup in her campaign and controversy over comments by supporters that women should feel obliged to vote for her. Barnstorming New Hampshire with her husband and daughter, she worked to flip Sanders' favored critique against her by claiming that he, too, had taken big bucks from Wall Street - if only indirectly.
For the Clintons, New Hampshire is the state of 2nd chances MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - It's their Everest. Their firewall. Their lifeboat in a frozen Atlantic. They are the Clintons. It is New Hampshire. And here we all are again. For nearly 25 years, New Hampshire has been the backdrop for some of the most memorable Clinton comebacks, pleas, denials, hustle, glory and drama. Now those ghosts of primaries past are trailing Hillary Clinton as she tries - perhaps, one last time - to pull off another one for the history books. Trailing by double digits, according to some polls, the Clinton campaign is finding it can't escape the expectations and the limits of that "special bond" between the Clintons and voters of New Hampshire on the cusp of Tuesday's primary.
10 Things to Know for Tuesday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. TRUMP, SANDERS EYE NH PRIMARY WINS The GOP front runner lashes out at opponents, the Democrat challenger plays it safe and a snowstorm threatens voter turnout. 2. WHAT DANGERS SAUDIS FACE IN OFFER TO SEND TROOPS TO SYRIA A Saudi deployment runs the risk of confrontation between one of the Arab world's most powerful militaries and forces protecting Syrian President Bashar Assad. 3. OBAMA ASKS CONGRESS FOR $1.8B TO FIGHT ZIKA U.S. health officials say the money is critical for research into the mosquito-borne virus and its possible links to birth defects.
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Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East. A Saudi deployment runs the potentially explosive risk of confrontation between one of the Arab world's most powerful militaries and forces keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power. That's if the Saudi proposal even gets translated into action. Just putting the offer on the table gives the Saudis an opportunity to show leadership in addressing U.S.
Chicago teen's death shines light on police code of silence CHICAGO (AP) - For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder. Not until 15 months later was one of those officers and a detective who concluded the shooting was justified put on desk duty. At least eight other officers failed to recount the same scene that unfolded on the video. All of them remain on the street, according to the department.
Beyonce's Super Bowl show bringing both praise and criticism A day after the Super Bowl, people are still parsing over each frame from Beyonce's halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year. The halftime show - seen by an estimated 112 million people - is drawing praise from her fans and consternation from critics. While Beyonce hasn't commented on the specifics of the show, and her rep declined comment, the imagery speaks for itself. Beyonce's dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party, founded 50 years ago by Huey P.
Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there shouldn't be a panic on this." The virus is spreading rapidly through Latin America. While most people experience either mild or no symptoms, Zika is suspected of causing a devastating birth defect - babies born with abnormally small heads - and pregnant Americans are urged to avoid travel to affected areas. U.S. health officials say the money is critical for research into the birth defect known as microcephaly.
Germany, Turkey vow diplomatic effort to end Aleppo violence ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - As tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence massed at Turkey's border, Turkish and German leaders pledged Monday to redouble diplomatic efforts to end the fighting around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and prevent more refugees making their way into Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after talks with Turkey's prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, that she was "not just appalled but horrified" by the suffering caused by the bombing in Syria, primarily by Russia. Merkel said Turkey and Germany would push at the United Nations for all sides to adhere to a U.N. resolution passed in December that calls for an immediate halt to attacks on civilians in Syria.
An icky new hero: Roach-like robots may help in disasters WASHINGTON (AP) - When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach. Repulsive as they may be, roaches have the remarkable ability to squish their bodies down to one quarter their normal size, yet still scamper at lightning speed. Also, they can withstand 900 times their body weight without being hurt. That's equivalent to a 200-pound man who wouldn't be crushed by 90 tons on his head. The amazing cockroach inspired scientists to create a mini-robot that can mimic those feats of strength and agility. The researchers hope swarms of future roach-like robots could be fitted with cameras, microphones and other sensors and then used in earthquakes and other disasters to help search for victims by squeezing through small cracks.
Super Bowl gets 111.9 million viewers, down from last year NEW YORK (AP) - Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year's average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver's victory over Carolina is down from the past two years. That makes Sunday's game the third most-watched event in U.S. television history, the Nielsen company said Monday. Last year's down-to-the-wire contest between New England and Seattle keeps the record with 114.4 million viewers. The Super Bowl had seemed to know no ceiling in popularity, setting viewership records in six of seven years until this one. CBS, the nation's most-watched network, had pushed the event hard the past few months, playing up the historical nature of the 50th Super Bowl game.