Tuesday, February 9
CAMPAIGN 2016-MIDNIGHT VOTING
Early votes come in in NH primary
DIXVILLE, N.H. (AP) — It's presidential primary day in New Hampshire.
Most voters will be going to the polls starting in just a few hours, but the tiny town of Dixville already has voted.
In the Republican primary, there were 3 votes for John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and 2 for Donald Trump.
All four registered Democrats in the town voted for Bernie Sanders.
Last-minute attacks before the primary
SALEM, N.H. (AP) — The Republican presidential candidates got in some last-minute attacks before Tuesday's New Hampshire presidential primary.
Donald Trump lashed out at Jeb Bush, telling CNN, "Jeb is having some kind of a breakdown, I think."
While campaigning in Nashua, Bush called Trump a loser, a liar, a whiner and the worst choice for president. Trump has been running ahead in New Hampshire pre-primary polls.
UPDATE: Trains collided head-on in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — Police say rescue operations at the site of a head on passenger train crash in southern Germany are being hampered by the inaccessibility of the area.
Police have raised the death toll to eight. Rescue helicopters are carrying people on a rope across the Mangfall river to waiting ambulances.
At least 150 are injured, including 50 severely.
NEW: Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is releasing his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus document that's freighted with liberal policy initiatives and both new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency.
The budget will be unveiled today — the same day as the New Hampshire primary. That means the budget is likely to get little attention.
It comes as the deficit, which had been falling over the duration of Obama's presidency, has begun to creep up.
The White House is countering with a proposed $10 per barrel tax on oil that would finance "clean" transportation projects and is sure to again propose taxes on the wealthy and corporations.
NEW: Obama administration to create new high-level cyber official
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is creating a new high-level federal official to coordinate cybersecurity across civilian agencies and to work with military and intelligence counterparts as part of its 2017 budget proposal.
The proposal, being released today, includes a $19-billion increase in cybersecurity funding across all government agencies — up more than 35 percent from last year.
Gov't report: 8 states had significant drop in uninsured
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government report on health insurance says eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents without health insurance.
They are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and New York.
Politically, that's a mix of red, blue and purple states.
All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that's one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law.
Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika
WASHINGTON (AP) — Today, President Barack Obama will ask Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika (ZEE'-kuh) virus and the mosquitoes that spread it.
Zika is suspected of causing babies to be born with abnormally small heads, and the virus is spreading rapidly through Latin America.
New England mops up as snow falls on East Coast
BOSTON (AP) — A wind-driven winter storm that's already brought several inches of snow to southeastern Massachusetts is expected to bring snow to other parts of the East Coast.
The National Weather Service says northern New England could get 4 to 8 inches by late today or early Wednesday, as well as New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey.
But by the time the storm ends, eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could get up to 9 inches of snow.
HRW: Russia and Syria carry out daily cluster bomb attacks
BEIRUT (AP) — An international human rights group says Syrian government forces and the Russian military have been carrying out daily cluster bomb attacks over the past few weeks.
Human Rights Watch says internationally banned cluster munitions have been used in at least 14 attacks across five provinces since Jan. 26.
The group says the attacks killed at least 37 civilians.
Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's death
WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's death.
The U.S. Justice Department says Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar admitted after her capture last May that she and husband Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi kept Mueller captive along with several other young women, and that Baghdadi repeatedly raped Mueller.
Survivor tells of living through collapse of Taiwan building
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — A survivor of Taiwan's weekend earthquake is telling of how he and his girlfriend survived the collapse of their apartment building.
Ko Ching-chung says the two were in their apartment when the 6.4 magnitude quake hit early Saturday morning.
Ko says he wedged himself into a space, but after some 20 hours began to lose strength.
He says he begged his girlfriend for forgiveness and collapsed onto her. Soon after, rescuers heard the woman's voice and pulled the pair from the rubble.
Indian soldier buried by avalanche saved; 9 bodies recovered
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Officials say an Indian soldier buried by an avalanche for six days in the Himalayan region of Kashmir has been rescued, but that the bodies of nine other soldiers were recovered.
The avalanche slammed into an Indian army post last Wednesday and trapped the 10 soldiers on the northern end of Siachen Glacier, the highest point along the heavily militarized line of control between India and Pakistan.
An Indian military commander says the soldier was found alive and was rescued Monday night from under at least 25 feet of snow. He's receiving medical treatment at the army's hospital in New Delhi.
SOUTH AFRICA-APARTHEID MURDER
South Africa prosecute 4 apartheid-era cops for murder
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African prosecutors plan to charge four former members of the apartheid-era security forces for the 1983 murder of an activist who opposed white-minority rule.
The National Prosecuting Authority says the female activist (Nokuthula Simelane) disappeared while being held by the Soweto Special Branch, a police unit. She was kidnapped and tortured, and her body has not been recovered.
After apartheid ended in 1994, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission investigated past atrocities and granted amnesty to some accused perpetrators.
A prosecution spokesman says three of the four suspects in the activist's death applied for amnesty for her kidnapping, but not for her murder. He says the fourth suspect will be charged with both kidnapping and murder.
NEW: US senator calls for investigation of cruise ship in storm
MIAMI (AP) — Federal transportation officials may soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend.
Sen. Bill Nelson is calling for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage that forced frightened passengers into their cabins overnight Sunday. Nelson on Monday questioned why a ship would sail into a storm that had been forecast days earlier.
The National Weather Service's Ocean Prediction Center had issued an alert for a strong storm four days in advance. The first warning was issued Saturday for possible hurricane-force winds in the area the ship was scheduled to sail through.
Royal Caribbean on Monday said the ship was turning around and sailing back to its home port in New Jersey.
NEW: Parades, floats, costumes mark Fat Tuesday in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People across New Orleans are marking the culmination of the Mardi Gras season.
Floats and marching bands will parade down the city's St. Charles Ave. on Tuesday.
The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club will kick off the parades at 8 a.m. followed by the Rex Organization's parade and then two truck parades.
Across the city, there are also smaller parades and festivities.
Mardi Gras is the city's biggest tourist attraction.
Thousands of people have converged on the city to see the elaborate parades in recent weeks and catch beads and other trinkets thrown by people on the floats.