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Photo -   South Korean army soldiers patrol by the national flags and ribbons, wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas, attached on the barbed-wire fence at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its third nuclear test in the remote, snowy northeast, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
South Korean army soldiers patrol by the national flags and ribbons, wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas, attached on the barbed-wire fence at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its third nuclear test in the remote, snowy northeast, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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The world at 7 a.m. Times EST.

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— RETAIL SALES — The government reports on U.S. retail spending in January at 8:30 a.m.

— IMMIGRATION — Senate hearing begins at 9:30 a.m.

— LEW-CONFIRMATION — The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing to consider Jacob Lew's nomination as Treasury secretary at 10 a.m.

— BUSINESS INVENTORIES — The government reports how much U.S. businesses adjusted their stockpiles in December at 10 a.m.

— OBAMA — President speaks in Asheville, N.C., at noon.

— WHITEY BULGER — Hearing begins at 3 p.m.

— ZUMBA PROSTITUTION — Hearing begins at 3 p.m.

— CYBERSECURITY — White House to reveal details of Obama cybersecurity plan; time of announcement uncertain.

— BONDS STEROIDS-APPEAL— Hearing on Barry Bonds' appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction. Noon.

Has moved:

— CORONAVIRUS — British officials say a rare SARS-linked virus may have spread between people but risk to public is low.

— NEPAL-TIBETAN-PROTESTER — Tibetan protester sets himself on fire in Nepal's capital in protest against China.

— BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING — UK police arrest 6 in phone hacking investigation.



BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post. It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning a deadly rampage that would claim four lives. The search ended abruptly when a man believed to be Dorner bolted from hiding, stole two cars, barricaded himself in a vacant cabin and mounted a last stand in a furious shootout in which he killed one sheriff's deputy and wounded another before the building erupted in flames. By Tami Abdollah And Gillian Flaccus.

AP photos, video, interactive.


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama set up high-stakes clashes over guns, immigration, taxes and climate change in a State of the Union address that showcased a newly re-elected president determined to mark his legacy, facing off against a deeply divided Congress with Republicans eager to rein him in. By Erica Werner.

AP photos, videos.

— OBAMA — After State of the Union, Obama heads to NC to rally support for economic plan.

— AFGHANISTAN-OBAMA — After Obama's speech, Afghan official says nation's forces ready to take over responsibility.


SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's neighbors bolstered their military preparations and mobilized scientists to determine whether Pyongyang's third nuclear test, conducted in defiance of U.N. warnings, was as successful as the North claimed. By Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim.

AP photos, videos.

— NKOREA-NUCLEAR TEST-INTELLIGENCE — North Korea's underground test may reveal key clues the secretive nation might have hoped to hide about how close, or how far away, it is from fielding a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States or its allies.


VATICAN CITY — Looking tired but serene, Pope Benedict XVI tells thousands of faithful that he was stepping down for "the good of the church," speaking in his first public appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement of his resignation. The 85-year-old Benedict basked in more than a minute-long standing ovation when he entered the packed audience hall for his traditional Wednesday general audience. He was interrupted by applause by the thousands of people, many of whom had tears in their eyes. By Nicole Winfield.

AP photos.


WASHINGTON — Senators are getting a chance to weigh one of President Barack Obama's top second-term priorities at the first Senate hearing on a comprehensive immigration overhaul. Many stubborn fault lines are sure to emerge. By Erica Werner.

— IMMIGRATION-11 MILLION — There's general agreement US has about 11 million immigrants. But how do we know that?


ZAGREB — Soccer player Mario Cizmek thought it would just be one match. Ease up and let the other team win, he told himself, then collect the payoff and start clearing his debts. But the broke and desperate athlete soon learned that the crime gang had him trapped. Organized crime is reaping billions crime by fixing soccer games, and crime gangs target players like lions on the savannah: targeting the young, the old and the weak. This is Cizmek's tale of how it all went down. By Sheila Norman-Culp and Jovana Gec. Second installment in a series exploring organized crime's impact on soccer.

AP photos.

— THE DIRTY GAME-CODES — A glance at the secret codes used by criminal gangs to talk about match-fixing as overheard by European police on wiretaps.

— THE DIRTY GAME-THE OFFICIAL — Some of the world's top match-fixers never even appear on the field: They are soccer club officials. A major report on sports corruption has detailed the rise of "chairman-to-chairman" fixing, where club officials decide what the score will be and order players to achieve that.



WASHINGTON — If anything illustrated President Obama's new sense of self-confidence, it was his State of the Union call for an increase in the national minimum wage. For much of the past two years, one of the cogs of the Democratic Party — the organized labor movement — felt left adrift by the president. No more. An AP News Analysis by Jim Kuhnhenn.

AP photo.

— STATE OF UNION-FACT CHECK — An incomplete picture on jobs, immigration, global warming, in Obama's speech.

— STATE OF UNION-REPUBLICANS — Rubio, Republicans say Obama should 'abandon his obsession with raising taxes.

— STATE OF UNION-REACTION — Quotes on Obama's speech.

— STATE OF UNION-HIGHLIGHTS — Key points covered by speech.

— STATE OF UNION-TEXT — Text of Obama's speech.

— SUPREME COURT-WINTER RECESS — Across town from Capitol, Scalia explains disdain for State of Union.



LOS ANGELES — Comcast's decision to buy General Electric's remaining 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion represents a resounding vote of confidence in the future of TV, even as the growth of Internet video reshapes the entertainment landscape. By Business Writers Ryan Nakashima and Michael Liedtke.

AP photos.

— GE LEAVES TV — General Electric is saying goodbye to 30 Rock — the building and the TV business born there.

— COMCAST-GE-COMCAST PROFILE — Comcast Corp.'s history: A cable TV company that has gone from Tupelo to 30 Rock.

— COMCAST-GE-NBCUNIVERSAL-GLANCE — Comcast's revenue from different sources.

— COMCAST-GE-NBC TIMELINE — Key dates in history of National Broadcasting Co.



WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will lead the world in taking firm action against the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear test. But Pyongyang's isolation from most of the international financial and trading system will limit the impact of sanctions unless China can be persuaded to get tougher on its longtime ally. An AP News Analysis. By Matthew Pennington.


JERUSALEM — When Rabbi David Stav launched his official campaign last month to wrest control of Israel's top religious institution from its longtime hardline leadership, it was a long shot. But just two weeks later, Israelis went to the polls and surprisingly shifted the country toward the center of the political spectrum — creating a rare window of opportunity for the modern Orthodox rabbi to capture the title of chief rabbi and fulfill his pledge to revolutionize the contentious role that religion plays in the Jewish state. Stav cautiously acknowledges that the stars now seem to be aligned for his hoped-for coup. By Daniel Estrin.

AP photos.



MCALLEN, Texas — The family of a U.S. agent killed in a 2011 ambush on a Mexican highway and another agent who survived the attack on Tuesday sued the government and nearly two-dozen other defendants. The federal lawsuit arises from the Feb. 15, 2011, attack on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila. hey were attacked in their armored sport-utility vehicle near San Luis Potosi, Mexico, shortly after picking up some equipment from another agent. By Christopher Sherman.


HOUSTON — A cruise line said it was making its passengers stranded aboard a disabled ship as comfortable as possible with running water and some working bathrooms, contradicting accounts of passengers who told relatives of filthy, hot conditions aboard the ship with limited access to food. The ship is still at least a day away from being guided to a port in Alabama. By Juan A. Lozano.

AP photos.



WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is not receiving key information from drugmakers about whether some of the riskiest prescription drugs on the market are being used safely by doctors and patients, according a new report by government inspectors. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone.


MADISON, Wis. — Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are helping search for alien life forms. But they aren't looking into space. They're studying rocks here on Earth. The rocks are billions of years old. The scientists are looking for information that can be used to guide the search for life on Mars one day. And their research is also telling us more about Earth's history. By Carrie Antlfinger.

AP photos, video.



SAN FRANCISCO — It has been slightly more than nine years since prosecutors and grand jurors grilled a defiant Barry Bonds for hours about his relationships with performance-enhancing drugs. Weeks after voters overwhelmingly rejected his Hall of Fame candidacy, his lawyers will argue for an appeals court to toss out his felony conviction on obstruction of justice charges. By Paul Elias.

AP photos.


— DOG SHOW — Banana Joe becomes America's top dog, wins best in show at Westminster.

— NEW ZEALAND-COCA-COLA-DEATH — New Zealand group rejects a coroner's call to add health warnings to soft-drink labels following the 2010 death of a woman who drank about 2 gallons of Coca-Cola a day.

— HEART ATTACK GRILL-HEART ATTACK — Heart Attack Grill's unofficial spokesman and most loyal customer dies from heart attack.

— NEVADA EARTHQUAKE — USGS says magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes near Nevada-California state line.

— WHITEY BULGER — Judge set to hear arguments on reputed Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's claim that he was given immunity to commit crimes while he was an FBI informant.

— ZUMBA PROSTITUTION — Maine's supreme court to decide whether prostitution johns have a right to privacy.

— OUTDOOR PIANOS FESTIVAL — A festival featuring 88 pianos all around New York City's streets and parks returns this summer. AP photos.



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