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BUYBACKS-LOSING BILLIONS — If you think your stocks are doing poorly, check out the performance of some of the most sophisticated investors, the ones with more knowledge about what’s going on inside businesses than anyone else: Companies that buy their own shares. They’re losing big. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. WITH: BUYBACKS-LOSING BILLIONS-GLANCE — 5 companies that lost the most buying back their own shares.

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).




2016-ELECTION RDP — Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders look for strong showings in New Hampshire’s first primary of the election year. A crowd of other Republicans scrambles to stay relevant and stay in. By Julie Pace and Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day; final polls close at 8 p.m., 900 words by 9 p.m., photos, video. WITH: 2016-ELECTION-THE LATEST; 2016-ELECTION-NEWS GUIDE; 2016-ELECTION-NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTES – Voter interviews. (All sent and developing.)

OBAMA BUDGET — President Barack Obama unveils a last-ever budget proposal of $4.1 trillion that underscores the liberal priorities of Democrats hoping to succeed him. By Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. With BUDGET-LIBYA: Pentagon seeks $200 million to thwart Islamic State in Libya. SENT: 600 words. BUDGET-CYBERSECURITY: Obama wants new position to fight cyberthreats across government computers. SENT: 650 words, photos

SYRIA-INSIDE ALEPPO — As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee Syria’s largest city while others hoard food in case of a long siege, even hanging bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage. By Philip Issa. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

GERMANY-TRAIN CRASH — Crews using boats and helicopters rescue dozens after two commuter trains crash head-on in Germany, killing 10 people and leaving investigators trying to figure out why multiple safety measures failed. By David Rising and Matthias Schrader. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach by 4 p.m.

WORLDWIDE THREATS — North Korea could again start pulling together plutonium for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief tells Congress in an annual assessment of worldwide threats. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 2:30 p.m. hearing, 800 words by 5 p.m., photos. WITH: US-WORLDWIDE THREATS-THE LATEST; NKOREA-ROCKET-HIDING THE EVIDENCE. South Korean officials say the North blew up rocket stage to confound analysts. SENT: 850 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT — California farmers are racking up record sales amid the state’s epic drought, largely from the export of thirsty crops such as almonds and walnuts, at a time when many residents are being forced to take shorter showers, wells are drying up and fish are struggling to survive. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Scott Smith. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

VIOLENT VIDEOS-SOCIAL MEDIA — An Illinois lawmaker so disturbed by an incident where teenagers shot video rather than help a beating victim is proposing making it a crime to record fights to share online. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m. Pursuing photo.




PANTHERS-NEWTON’S DEFENSE — Cam Newton is making no apologies for walking out of a news conference after the Super Bowl loss. With the Panthers back home and cleaning out their lockers, Newton says he didn’t feel like talking after the game, and “if I offended anybody that’s cool, but I know who I am.” By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m., photos.

SUPER BOWL-BRONCOS PARADE — Thousands of fans are expected to turn out for a parade and ceremony to celebrate the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl win. SENT: 300 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Parade starts at 2 p.m.

SERIAL PODCAST-APPEAL — Adnan Syed’s defense lawyer says an alibi witness and other evidence uncovered by the popular “Serial” podcast justify a new trial. A prosecutor rejects that, arguing that evidence remains overwhelming that Syed killed his ex-girlfriend in 1999, despite the popularity of a podcast that treated the case like a murder mystery. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.

MARDI GRAS — Fat Tuesday in New Orleans: Floats, masks, trinkets and more. SENT: 460 words, photos, video.

RED LOBSTER-BEYONCE — Red Lobster enjoys sales surge after mention in Beyonce song. SENT: 260 words, photos.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY-COPYRIGHT — Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music will return $14 million in fees to settle a lawsuit that challenges its claim to “Happy Birthday.” SENT: 130 words.

GWYNETH PALTROW-STALKING CASE — The letters addressed to Gwyneth Paltrow came for years, often with unsolicited items ranging from pornography and sex toys to religious books, earrings and clothes. By Anthony McCartney. SENT: 635 words, photos.




STAIRWELL SHOOTING-TRIAL — Closing arguments are being held in the trial of a rookie New York City police officer who shot an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell. SENT: 436 words, photos.

COUNTING THE HOMELESS — As cities nationwide undertake a census of homeless people, perennial concerns arise over the count’s reliability. SENT: 980 words, photos.

LOST PAINTINGS-DAUGHTER’S QUEST — The daughter of a South Vietnam pilot killed during the Vietnam war has searched for 30 years for the paintings her father made for the U.S. Air Force aviators who trained him, and as she has found some she’s also learned about him. SENT: 770 words, photo.

NUNS FACE EVICTION — San Francisco nuns who serve the homeless are in danger of getting kicked out of their home after a rent hike of more than 50 percent. By Janie Har. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos.

WINTER WEATHER — A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod fell short of forecast snowfall totals and spared the Northeast the widespread power outages that had been predicted. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.




IRAQ-MOSUL-DAM — Iraq’s Mosul Dam has long been branded the world’s most dangerous dam, in danger of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That danger is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic State group captured the dam briefly in 2014, according to a new report by U.S. Army engineers. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-APARTHEID MURDER — More than three decades after a young anti-apartheid activist disappeared, prosecutors plan to charge four police officers with her murder, a move that goes to the heart of South Africa’s struggle to balance a push for racial reconciliation and the desire to punish perpetrators of human rights abuses. SENT: 770 words, photos.

CUBA-US-VETERAN — A Vietnam War veteran who has lived in Cuba for 35 years is suing the U.S. seeking to reinstate his Army pension. SENT: 720 words, photos




DISNEY-ESPN — The sports network that drives Disney’s profit engine has hit a soft patch as people cut the cord to watch programming online. It’s a sign of one of TV’s biggest challenges: the ever-increasing cost of sports rights and whether consumers want to keep footing the bill. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6 p.m., photo. WITH: EARNS-WALT DISNEY — Walt Disney Co. reports earnings after the market close.




NEW GIRL-MEGAN FOX — Megan Fox temporarily joined the cast of Fox’s ‘New Girl’ while Zooey Deschanel was on maternity leave. Her first episode airs Tuesday. Both Deschanel and Fox will appear in the comedy’s 100th episode. By Alicia Rancilio. SENT: 500 words, photo.




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