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BOTCHING EBOLA-METABIOTA — An Associated Press investigation has found that an American company that bills itself as a pioneer in identifying emerging epidemics made a series of costly mistakes during the 2014 Ebola outbreak that swept across West Africa. Metabiota Inc. was criticized for feuding with fellow responders, participating in misdiagnosed Ebola cases and failing to implement basic safety measures in its shared lab in Sierra Leone. By Raphael Satter and Maria Cheng. SENT: 2,600 words, photos. An abridged version is also available.

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TOP STORIES

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DEM 2016 DEBATE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled aggressively on economic issues in a Democratic presidential debate over trade, Wall Street influence and more. By Nancy Benac and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 690 words, photos. WITH: DEM 2016-Debate-Fact Check; VIDEO: US MI Debate 3 (CR) —Clinton, Sanders Talk Racism in America. SENT. GOP 2016-RUBIO STRUGGLE —Marco Rubio finds his Oval Office ambitions squeezed by Donald Trump’s outsider ambush and the Republican Party’s resulting identity crisis. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3:30 a.m., photos. CAMPAIGN 2016-HUGE —This is huge: Trump, Sanders both using same catchphrase. SENT: 420 words, photos.

NANCY REAGAN-LEGACY — Nancy Reagan, who died at 94, wasn’t out to break the rules of being first lady, but she knew well how to work within them. By Hillel Italie. SENT: 750 words, photo. WITH: OBIT-NANCY REAGAN; NANCY REAGAN-A REPORTER REMEMBERS — Retired AP reporter Jeff Wilson describes covering the Reagans when they returned to California in 1989. SENT: 700 words, photo.

KOREAS-TENSION-ANALYSIS — When North Korea makes threats to nuke its enemies, as it has twice over the last several days, outsiders often have one of two reactions: to dismiss it as yet another example of empty propaganda or to panic. There are good reasons to do neither. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 780 words, photos. WITH: KOREAS TENSION — North Korea warns of an indiscriminate “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice” on Washington and Seoul. SENT: 630 words, photos.

IRAQ- MIGRANTS RETURN — Surkaw Omar and Rebien Abdullah quit their jobs and spent their life savings to migrate to Europe, only to find crowded asylum camps, hunger and freezing weather. Now back home in northern Iraq, they describe their quest for a better life as a disaster. They are among a growing number of refugees who are returning home, even as the much larger exodus to Europe shows no sign of abating. By Balint Szlanko. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SCHOOL ABUSE TEACHERS — It’s called “passing the trash”: A school suspects a teacher of sexual misconduct and forces the teacher out to protect the kids, but that person can get a new job in a new school, sometimes with a glowing recommendation. Only Pennsylvania, Missouri and Oregon ban the practice, but a federal mandate passed in December now requires states to address the potential risks. By Michelle R. Smith and Susan Haigh. SENT: 760 words, photo.

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MANNING APPRECIATION — He set records and won MVPs but his mark on the game goes deeper than that. SENT: 970 words, photos.

DOWNTON ABBEY-OTHER ENDINGS — With ‘Downton Abbey’ ending, a look at 10 other favorite bygone finales. SENT: 1,000 words, photos

JAPAN ELEPHANT — Tokyo zoo to work on changing living conditions for elderly elephant. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BRITAIN-ROYAL VACATION — William, Kate and kids enjoy the snow in ski holiday photos. SENT: 130 words, photos.

INDONESIA-TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE-Q&A — Facts about the total solar eclipse that will unfold over parts of Indonesia and the Indian and Pacific Oceans on Wednesday. SENT: 670 words, photos

IDITAROD — Eighty-five mushers vie to become the first to reach Alaska’s western coast with their dog teams. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CAMPAIGN 2016-BLOOMBERG’S BUSINESS — Since returning to the financial information company that bears his name, Michael Bloomberg has presided over two years of robust expansion and record profits, all while laying the groundwork for his second departure, whether that’s to retirement in 10 years or a presidential campaign in 10 days. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-CANDIDATES-WILKINS — Potential Supreme Court nominee Robert L. Wilkins was instrumental in advocating for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, quitting his job as a public defender to push for it and later serving on a presidential commission whose work led to its creation. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 480 words, photos. WITH: SUPREME COURT-CANDIDATES-WILKINS-BIO BOX. SENT.

NAVY SEALS WEAPONS SHORTAGES — The tip of the spear may be losing its edge. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., says Navy SEALs have confided in him that they don’t have enough combat rifles to go around even as these secretive, highly trained forces are relied on more than ever to hunt down members of the Islamic State group and other extremists. By Richard Lardner. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EUROPE MIGRANTS — EU leaders meet with their Turkish counterpart to discuss the worsening refugee crisis before they huddle among themselves looking for a united way to deal with the challenge. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Talks starting at 6:30 a.m., 700 words by 7 a.m. WITH: EUROPE MIGRANTS-THE LATEST.

TUNISIA-LIBYA —Police and unidentified gunmen clashed near the Libyan border, killing at least 26 people, authorities said, amid concern that violent extremism in Libya could destabilize the region. ENT: 300 words, graphic. UPCOMING: Developing.

CUBA-EDUCATION — Cuba’s blooming entrepreneurial system has quietly created something that looks much like a private education sector, with thousands of students across Cuba enrolled in dozens of afterschool and weekend foreign language and art schools. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

CHINA-CONCLAVE-ECONOMY — Seeking to douse fears about China’s economy, the finance minister says Beijing can manage its rising debt load as it steps up deficit spending to prevent a slide in growth. SENT: 480 words, photos. WITH: CHINA-CONCLAVE-TIBET —Tibet’s governor praises plans for 2nd railway line to Lhasa. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION — Oregon is the first state to adopt the idea that it is the government’s responsibility to register voters, not their own — a move that could grow the number of registered voters by 13 percent by the November election. SENT: 800 words, photos

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