Investors dump stocks

SYDNEY - Asian share markets were scorched as stability concerns put a torch to European bank stocks and sent investors stampeding to only the safest of safe-haven assets.

Obama lays out 2017 spending priorities in final White House budget 5:02am EST

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama unveils his final White House budget on Tuesday with a blueprint for fiscal year 2017 that will lay out his spending proposals for priorities from fighting Islamic State to providing for the poor.

Riot police move forward to charge at protesters during a clash at Mongkok district in Hong Kong, China February 9, 2016.      REUTERS/Bobby Yip

HONG KONG - Hong Kong riot police fired warning shots during clashes that erupted in the Chinese-ruled city when authorities tried to remove illegal street stalls set up for Lunar New Year celebrations.  Reuters TV | Full Article 

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio arrives for a campaign event in Goffstown, New Hampshire, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

In New Hampshire, Rubio needs to shine

MANCHESTER, N.H. - A week ago, it looked like the stars were aligning for Marco Rubio. Now, as New Hampshire holds its pivotal primary, the Republican presidential contender has to hope the sky does not come crashing down on him.  Full Article 

Rosana Vieira Alves holds her 4-month-old daughter Luana Vieira, who was born with microcephaly, at their house in Olinda, Brazil, February 3, 2016.  REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Studies aim to unravel Zika's link to birth defects

CHICAGO - Brazilian specialists are studying the most urgent question of the Zika outbreak: Is the virus causing a spike in birth defects, and, if so, how great is the risk?  Full Article 

A section of the BP Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) oil platform is seen in the North Sea, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen in Scotland February 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Andy Buchanan/pool

Oil prices rise, shrugs off equity slump

TOKYO - Crude oil prices rose, shrugging off big drops in Japan's stock market and eroding some of the previous session's losses that were driven by festering concerns about global oversupply.  Full Article 

New dinosaur species offers evolutionary clues

A recently found 200 million year old dinosaur found in Wales is offering vital clues to understanding the evolutionary change from the late Triassic to the early Jurassic Period. Jim Drury reports.

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