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People: Obamas celebrate game with wings, pizza and nachos

Don’t look for Michelle Obama to follow Hillary Clinton’s footsteps and make a bid to succeed her husband as president. “What you talkin’ bout, Gayle?” Obama said Sunday, invoking the catchphrase from the TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” when CBS morning anchor Gayle King asked the question during the Super Bowl pregame show.

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Pope Francis plans a symbolically freighted trip to Mexico

MEXICO CITY – Pope Francis travels to Mexico this week, saying he wants to “live the faith” of the overwhelmingly Catholic country but will not shy away from confronting issues of violence and corruption that could make his governmental hosts quite uncomfortable. History’s first pontiff from the Americas will also stand on Mexico’s border with the United States and make an impassioned plea for the plight of immigrants. His entire pilgrimage from southern to northern Mexico is meant to represent the perilous route that migrants take to reach the U.S.

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An emergency rescue worker searches what was the 14th floor of a collapsed building in Tainan, Taiwan, on Sunday. (Wally Santana / Associated Press)

Survivors pulled out from building 2 days after Taiwan quake

TAINAN, Taiwan – The death toll from a powerful earthquake that toppled a high-rise apartment building in Taiwan rose to at least 34, according to government figures Monday, with rescuers digging through rubble for survivors more than 48 hours after the quake struck. More than 100 are believed to be still buried in the collapsed building from a disaster that struck during the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar – the Lunar New Year holiday.

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Human remains, debris found in ocean search for plane wreckage

Dive teams are continuing recovery efforts off the Los Angeles coast but so far have found no further debris linked to the suspected midair collision of two small planes Friday, officials said. Underwater cameras and divers were in waters off the Los Angeles Harbor on Sunday in an ongoing effort to locate wreckage and the remains of at least two people and possibly a third who are missing and presumed dead.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., answers a question during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (David Goldman / Associated Press)

GOP rivals target Rubio in debate

MANCHESTER, N.H. – A new state brought a new target as Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio was repeatedly thrown on the defensive Saturday night in an often-testy debate filled with needling exchanges over leadership and which candidate has the achievements and integrity to step into the White House. Rubio, a freshman Florida senator who has been climbing in polls after an unexpectedly strong third-place finish in Iowa, faced rough going from the start when he was asked about what rivals said was a thin Washington resume.

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The  Sixth Street Bridge that spans the Los Angeles River is seen in Los Angeles on Wednesday before being closed  for demolition. The landmark bridge, dating to the 1930s, is being replaced due to deterioration caused by a chemical reaction in the concrete. The $449 million project to build a replacement bridge, designed by architect Michael Maltzan, is expected to be completed by 2019 at the earliest. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

Drivers beware: Famous LA bridge has begun coming down

LOS ANGELES – The end has begun for a downtown bridge that played a supporting role in many Hollywood chase scenes down the concrete-lined Los Angeles River. Giant jackhammers reduced 220 feet of the Sixth Street Bridge roadway to rubble by Saturday morning and were working on bringing down three massive support columns, said Mary Nemick of the city Public Works Department.

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A detainee is seen Tuesday in the communal area inside Camp 6 in the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Ben Fox / Associated Press)

Quieter, smaller Guantanamo as debate rages on prison’s fate

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba – Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful. After 14 years, the detention center on the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appears to be winding down despite opposition in Congress to President Barack Obama’s intent to close the facility, which once held nearly 700 people, and confine the remaining prisoners someplace else.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with attendees during a campaign stop on Friday in Manchester, N.H. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

Why young feminists are choosing Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton

MANCHESTER, N.H. – It was not so long ago that Hillary Clinton was relishing her status as an icon among young feminists, who cheered her resilience to political attack, her use of her stardom to advance the cause of women worldwide, even her trademark pantsuits. But now, when Clinton needs that support the most, much of her backing among women of the millennial generation has vanished.

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States taking action to keep guns out of abusers’ hands

IOWA CITY, Iowa – 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.

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New York moves to stop LGBT ‘conversion therapy’

NEW YORK – New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people’s sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining a number of states that have acted against what’s known as gay conversion therapy. The Democratic governor’s move, announced Saturday, comes as gay rights advocates have campaigned state by state with mixed results to try to ban a practice that major mental health organizations have repudiated.

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Chicago police officer sues the estate of teen he killed

CHICAGO – 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.

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