- Pope opens Mexico visit after historic stop with patriarch
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pope Francis kicks off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with speeches to the country's political and ecclesial elites, riding in on the success of his historic meeting in Cuba with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
- Rubio under pressure as Republicans debate in South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Marco Rubio enters Saturday night's Republican presidential debate facing immense pressure to right his campaign after faltering badly in the last contest and finishing a disappointing fifth in New Hampshire.
- Viewers' Guide: GOP hopefuls spar in South Carolina
WASHINGTON (AP) — Serious issues face Saturday night's Republican presidential debaters in South Carolina, a state with deep-rooted military culture and home to a mass murder at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. But style is going to beg for attention alongside pressing matters of policy.
- US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.
- Israeli educators battle government over textbook content
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's main high school civics textbook has become a new battleground in a culture war embroiling the country — pitting politicians against educators in a debate over how much religion and Jewish history should be included in the country's national curriculum.
- Seeking a Splash: Klay goes for All-Star 3s upset of Curry
TORONTO (AP) — Klay Thompson believes, even if he knows many don't.
- Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia 1st to draw lifetime drug ban
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under Major League Baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.
- FIFA ethics committee bans Jerome Valcke for 12 years
GENEVA (AP) — Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter's long-time right-hand man, was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years Friday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.
- Bosh out of NBA All-Star Game due to calf injury
TORONTO (AP) — Chris Bosh's All-Star participation for this year is over, before he ever took the floor in the city where his career began.
- The Latest: US beats World 157-154 in Rising Stars Challenge
TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):