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epa05160055 At dawn, the US national flag flies at half-staff at the Supreme Court, to observe the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, in Washington, DC, USA, 14 February 2016. US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at a resort ranch in Texas, 13 February, at age 79. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
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Battle Brews Over Next Justice

The fight over Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement is already heating up, with President Obama planning to nominate a successor. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Scalia’s replacement should not be picked until a new president is elected

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., right, participate during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Trump Struggles at Debate Before South Carolina Primary

The ninth Republican presidential debate and final meeting between the GOP candidates before the South Carolina primary Saturday was even more heated than the last, as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz each turned their attention to stopping Donald Trump

Pope Francis

Pope: Mexico Must Confront Drug Trade, Corruption

Pope Francis issued a tough-love message to Mexico's political and church elites, telling them they have a duty to provide their people with security, justice and courageous pastoral care to confront the drug-inspired violence and corruption

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, left, actor Leonardo Di Caprio, right, with the Best Film and Best Actor award for the film 'The Revenant' presented by actor Tom Cruise, centre, backstage at the BAFTA 2016 film awards at the Royal Opera House in London, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The Revenant Wins Big at BAFTAs

The U.K. film industry showered Valentine's Day love on "The Revenant," awarding the endurance epic five prizes, including best picture, at the British Academy Film Awards. Leonardo DiCaprio cemented his Oscar-favorite status by taking the best-actor trophy

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Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinian Attackers

Three Palestinian teenagers were shot and killed while attempting to attack Israeli security forces in two incidents in the West Bank. Israel says the ongoing violence is fueled by a campaign of incitement by Palestinian leaders that is compounded on social media

Kanye West attends "Kanye West Yeezy Season 3" at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 11 in New York City.

Kanye West Says He’s $53 Million in Debt

Kanye West said he was more than $50 million in debt after releasing his new album on the Tidal streaming service. “I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt... Please pray we overcome,” he wrote on Twitter

Ryan Reynolds

Deadpool Destroys Box Office Records

The R-rated "Deadpool" has taken the box office by storm, annihilating records with an eye-popping $135 million from its first three days. It's now the biggest R-rated opening ever, surpassing The Matrix Reloaded

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Bitter Cold Temperatures Hit the Northeast

Bitter temperatures flirted with record lows as "life-threatening" conditions put millions across the country in a deep freeze for Valentine's Day. More than 38 million people were under winter-storm warnings or advisories overnight

Fatal crash on Route 78

50 Car Pileup Shuts Down Penn. Interstate

A pileup involving more than 50 cars shut down a Pennsylvania stretch of highway amid strong winds and poor visibility, authorities said. Forty people were taken to local hospitals and there were "multiple" fatalities, said an official

Explosion on airliner in Somalia

Al Shabab Claims Responsibility for Somalia Plane Bomb

Islamic extremist group al Shabab has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a passenger plane earlier this month in Somalia that blew a hole in the fuselage and sucked out the suspected instigator. The claim was not immediately verified by investigators

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev chairs conference on higher budget spending efficiency

Russia Warns of 'New Cold War'

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev accused world powers of fighting "a new Cold War" at the Munich Security Conference as Moscow came under pressure from the United States and NATO over its actions in Syria and Ukraine