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BLACK HISTORY MONTH-JIM CROW RELICS — People across the South are debating whether to preserve the remnants of their Jim Crow history, from segregated waiting rooms to “whites only” water fountains and long-abandoned schools for black children. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,250 words, photos. With video US CHANGING SOUTH (CR HFR).

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TOP STORIES

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2016-ELECTION RDP — Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire’s primary Tuesday with their first wins of the 2016 presidential election, victories that would lend needed credibility to the unexpected contenders’ pursuit of their parties’ nomination. By Julie Pace and Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 790 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day. With video US NH POLLS OPEN (CR); CAMPAIGN 2016-MIDNIGHT VOTING — Sanders, Kasich win 1st votes in tiny NH community; 2016-ELECTION-RETAIL POLITICS — Can door-to-door campaigning survive?; 2016-ELECTION-NEWS GUIDE; 2016-ELECTION-WATCHING TUESDAY; CAMPAIGN 2016-NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY (all sent).

HONG KONG-NEW YEAR PROTEST — Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descends into chaotic scenes as protesters and police, who fired warning shots into the air, clash over a street market selling fishballs and other local holiday delicacies, with dozens injured and arrested. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 560 words, photos. With video HK PROTESTS (CR). UPCOMING: Developing.

GERMANY-TRAIN CRASH — Two commuter trains crash head-on in a remote area in southern Germany, killing at least nine people and injuring some 150, some of whom had to be cut out of the wreckage and transported across a river for medical care, police say. By Matthias Schrader and Kirsten Grieshaber. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With GERMANY-TRAIN CRASH-THE LATEST (sent; updated throughout the day).

ISLAMIC STATE HOSTAGE — The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year is charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker’s death, the Justice Department says. By Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann. SENT: 630 words, photo.

NKOREA-PROVOCATIONS — A look at Pyongyang’s provocations, and how it learned long ago that it could achieve a great deal with deliberate belligerence. A photo stack by Tim Sullivan. SENT: 990 words, photos. With UNITED STATES-NKOREA-CHINA — U.S. responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset China; JAPAN-NKOREA — Japan’s parliament condemns North Korea rocket launch (both sent).

SUPER BOWL-BRONCOS PARADE — The Denver Broncos will board fire trucks and roll slowly through the crowd-lined streets of the Mile High City to celebrate winning the Super Bowl. SENT: 320 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from parade starting at 2 p.m.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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INDIA-METEORITE MYSTERY — Scientists said they were analyzing a small blue object that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India. SENT: 340 words.

MARDI GRAS — Parades, floats, costumes mark Fat Tuesday in New Orleans. SENT: 450 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA — A car bomb explodes near a police officers’ club in the Syrian capital Damascus, wounding at least eight people, state media says. SENT: 520 words. UPCOMING: Developing. With SYRIA-THE LATEST (sent; updated throughout the day); SYRIA-BESIEGED — More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says (sent).

EUROPE-MIGRANTS — The International Organization for Migration says 409 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, and migrant crossings in the first six weeks of 2016 are running at nearly ten times the rate of the same period last year. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

TAIWAN-EARTHQUAKE — Prosecutors request the detention of the developers of a high-rise apartment building in southern Taiwan that collapsed over the weekend following a strong earthquake, killing dozens of people, official media says. SENT: 620 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With TAIWAN-EARTHQUAKE-SURVIVOR’S TALE — Survivor tells of living through collapse of Taiwan building (sent).

PALESTINIANS DOCTOR — After Dr. Saleem Haj-Yahia performed the first-ever successful artificial heart transplant in the West Bank last month, he was greeted with flowers, balloons and cheering crowds and publicly praised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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OBAMA BUDGET — President Barack Obama unveils his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that’s freighted with liberal policy initiatives and tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on. SENT: 710 words, photo. UPCOMING: 900 words after 11 a.m. release.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-UNINSURED — Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a new government report. SENT: 590 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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GRAND JURY-OFFICER STATEMENT — Georgia is considering changing its unique law that gives officers accused in use-of-force cases the chance to testify on their own behalf before grand juries weighing charges against them — without being questioned by a prosecutor. SENT: 800 words, photos.

STAIRWELL SHOOTING-TRIAL — A jury is scheduled to hear closing arguments in the trial of police officer who accidentally fired his gun in an apartment building stairwell, killing an unarmed man. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from closing arguments, then 400 words by 5 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER — A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and dropped several inches of snow on southeastern Massachusetts is expected to bring snow to other parts of the East Coast. SENT: 360 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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BUSINESS

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JAPAN-2020 PROBLEM — On the face of it, hosting the 2020 Olympics is a big win for Japan at a time when its economy seems besieged by intractable problems. But for some, 2020 is another manifestation of what has been going wrong in Japan for decades. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian markets tumble, led by a 5.4 percent slide in Tokyo, as renewed jitters about the global economy set off a wave of selling in banking stocks. SENT: 430 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS-THE LATEST (sent).

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HEALTH

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ZIKA-MOSQUITO CONFERENCE — Mosquito-control workers are asking automotive retailers to get rid of old tires in the Florida Panhandle, lining up laboratories to test the insects for the Zika virus in New Orleans, and preparing to hunt down and destroy mosquito breeding sites in neighborhoods of infected people in coastal Georgia. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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OLYMPIC GOALS — Jordan Morris’ U.S. teammates are grateful to see the new pro get a financial benefit from the last month in camp. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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