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White House seeks $1.8 billion in emergency funds for Zika virus

A technician from Oxitec inspects larvae of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Campinas, BrazilBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing pressure from Republicans and some in his own Democratic Party to act strongly on Zika, President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the mosquito-borne virus. Most of the money would be spent in the United States on testing, surveillance and response in affected areas, and on research into a vaccine, with some funds also going to help countries grappling with the virus, the White House said on Monday. The World Health Organization has declared an international health emergency over Zika.



Groups urge Kerry to work for release of U.S. businessman held in Iran

United States Secretary of State Kerry delivers remarks with Colombian President Santos at joint news conference in WashingtonBy Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five Iranian-American groups wrote to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week, urging him to work for the release of an Iranian-American businessman who has been detained in Iran since October. The letter, delivered on Friday, said there was no evidence to justify the detention of Siamak Namazi, who was "left behind" in the wake of a U.S.-Iran prisoner deal that saw other Americans released from Iranian jails last month. "An American who has worked tirelessly as a bridge-builder of cultures, countries, and faiths is sitting in a prison in Tehran," said the letter, which was signed by the National Iranian American Council, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans and other groups.



Obama to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah: White House

Jordan's King Abdullah reviews an honour guard during a celebration to mark the centennial of the Arab Revolt against the region's then ruling Ottoman Turks, in Jordan's Red Sea port of AqabaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Jordan's King Abdullah at the White House on Feb. 24, the White House said on Monday. The two leaders plan to discuss the fight against Islamic State, support for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the White House said. (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Susan Heavey)



Driver killed in utility truck rollover crash on I-95 in Delaware

Driver killed in utility truck rollover crash on I-95 in DelawareDelaware State Police say a man has died after the utility truck he was driving crashed and overturned on I-95 in Delaware.



Derek Fisher fired by Knicks in his second season

The Knicks fired coach Derek Fisher on Monday after a 23-31 start to the season.


1 killed in high-speed wreck in Santa Ana

1 killed in high-speed wreck in Santa AnaOne person was killed following a high-speed crash in Santa Ana. The driver in one of the cars involved in the wreck fled the scene, police said.



Winter storm threatens Cape Cod with up to 18 inches of snow

A pedestrian walks between rows of snow-covered trees on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Worcester, Mass. during a snowstorm on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (Paul Kapteyn/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)BOSTON (AP) ? The second winter storm in four days to hit the Northeast centered on New England on Monday, bringing howling winds and coastal flooding and threatening Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts with up to 18 inches of snow.



Woman convicted in group attack on gay men awaits sentence

Woman convicted in group attack on gay men awaits sentenceA police chief's daughter will be sentenced Monday in an attack on a gay couple that prompted Philadelphia to expand its hate crime laws to include sexual orientation.



New York policeman tearfully describes shooting black man

NYPD officer Peter Liang departs the criminal court after an arraignment hearing in the Brooklyn borough of New York CityPeter Liang was entering a pitch-black stairwell inside a public housing project with his gun drawn on Nov. 20, 2014, when he said a noise startled him, causing his body to tense and his finger to pull the trigger of his service weapon. Moments later, Liang headed downstairs and realized the bullet had ricocheted off a wall and into the chest of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, one floor below. "His eyes were rolled back," Liang said, his voice breaking.



White House Asks Congress for $1.8B to Fight Zika Virus

Obama said Americans should take the virus seriously but not panic.


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