Clinton calls Flint water crisis 'immoral' in break from NH FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Taking a detour from New Hampshire's campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said Sunday that a water crisis in a Michigan city was "immoral" and demanded that Congress approve $200 million in emergency aid to address the community's battle with lead-contaminated water. The Democratic presidential hopeful made a quick visit to Flint, Michigan, an unusual stop for a candidate trailing in polls against rival Bernie Sanders in the first primary state. Clinton hopes to use a narrower-than-expected loss in Tuesday's primary as a springboard into contests later this month in Nevada and South Carolina. Clinton said she was making a "personal commitment" to help Flint in a message delivered not only to the congregants at a local Baptist church but also a more heavily-minority electorate in Southern contests that could help her build a foundation for a delegate-by-delegate drive toward the nomination.
The Latest: Kerry consults with Japan, SKorean counterparts SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local): 3:45 a.m. The State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry has called the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan to discuss North Korea's rocket launch using ballistic missile technology. According to a department statement, Kerry reaffirmed for both foreign ministers in conversations Sunday the United States' "ironclad commitment to the security and defense" of its allies and said the launch "threatened international peace and security." It said Kerry emphasized the importance of a "united international response to North Korea's provocations, including a strong U.N.
Storms may brew, but in N. Korea pride over new satellite PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Hours after the rest of the world already knew, North Korea's state media triumphantly announced in a special news bulletin to the nation Sunday it had successfully launched a satellite into orbit, calling it a major milestone in the nation's history and the "greatest gift of loyalty" to the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un. In a possible hint of what might lie ahead, however, North Korea's state media implored the nation on the eve of the launch to be prepared for whatever "violent storm" may be coming. They may need to: the U.S., South Korea and Japan have strongly condemned the launch, and potential new sanctions over both the launch and the North's purported hydrogen bomb test just one month ago are now being discussed in the U.N.
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Teammates, coaches say Cam Newton's success not by accident SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Cam Newton didn't just stumble into becoming the NFL's best player. Sure, he has all the physical attributes any quarterback could ask for - he's 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds of muscle with a strong arm and wide receiver speed. He even has a million-dollar smile and the confidence of a player who has always been a winner. But those in the Panthers organization say what people don't see is what Newton has done behind the scenes to improve as a pro quarterback. "People see him smiling, giving footballs away and dancing, but what they don't see is that throughout the workweek the guy is just a machine," center Ryan Kalil said.
The Latest: Newton, Manning arrive at Super Bowl SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on Super Bowl Sunday from AP reporters covering the game, the telecast, the commercials and fans around the world (All times local): 1:12 p.m. Both teams have arrived at Levi's Stadium for the Super Bowl. MVP quarterback Cam Newton walked in decked out in his typical flashy style. He wore black pants, a black shirt with a bow tie and a black-and-white sports coat along with sparkly black loafers - with no socks, of course. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning arrived with a more traditional and conservative blue blazer with a white shirt, orange tie and gray pants.
Christie, others hit final stretch in New Hampshire HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - It's less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn't need to win New Hampshire, anyway. From their movements and remarks on Sunday, you'd think New Hampshire is unimportant in the race for president. In fact, it's the nation's first primary and the next in a series of clues into what Americans want in their next president. But the field is still crowded, and the electorates that await the candidates in South Carolina and Nevada are markedly more diverse. So there are more tests to come for the candidates and the parties.
AP FACT CHECK: Skewed GOP claims on taxes, health insurance WASHINGTON (AP) - Viewers of the latest Republican presidential debate didn't get a straight story from the candidates on U.S. taxes vs. the world, the state of the health insurance marketplace under "Obamacare" or what might happen if that law is taken away. Among other fumbles: -Marco Rubio seemed unaware that Kurds are Sunnis. -In his zeal to condemn the Obama administration's immigration record, Ted Cruz once again vastly overstated deportations under the previous two presidents. And he continued, as in a previous debate, to struggle with the meaning of carpet-bombing. -Chris Christie misstated the U.S. policy on paying ransom to hostage-takers.
AP Interview: Pilot in Somalia emergency says security zero BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a gaping hole in its fuselage said Sunday he never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and described the security surround the airplane at Mogadishu Airport as "zero." A suicide bomber is suspected to have set off the explosive inside the plane, Somali officials said Saturday. The blast sucked a male passenger out of the plane and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing Tuesday in Somalia's capital, they said. The explosion happened about 15 minutes after the plane, with 75 passengers on board, took off from the airport and was at 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) ascending toward 31,000 feet.
Turkey: Reaching limits but will keep taking in refugees KILIS, Turkey (AP) - Turkey has reached the end of its "capacity to absorb" refugees but will continue to take them in, the deputy premier said Sunday, as his country faced mounting pressure to open its border to tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled a government onslaught. The United Arab Emirates meanwhile joined Saudi Arabia in saying that it was open to the idea of sending ground troops to Syria to battle the Islamic State group, raising the possibility of even greater foreign involvement in the five-year-old civil war. Turkish authorities say up to 35,000 Syrians have massed along the border, which remained closed for a third day on Sunday.
Rescuers in Taiwan pull out survivors from quake rubble TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) - As anxious families waited nearby, rescuers on Sunday painstakingly pulled more survivors from the remains of a high-rise apartment building that collapsed a day earlier in a powerful earthquake that shook southern Taiwan and killed at least 32 people. More than 100 remained buried in the building's rubble. The government in Tainan, the worst-hit city, said that more than 170 people had been rescued alive from the 17-story building, which folded like an accordion after the quake struck. Mao Yi-chen, 20, was rescued soon after the magnitude-6.4 quake hit before dawn Saturday, and her older sister Mao Yi-hsuan was pulled out Sunday in serious condition.