Sen. Ted Cruz leads in new statewide poll

A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa GOP Poll found Sen. Ted Cruz leading the field of Republican candidates. Cruz (31 percent) is in front of Donald Trump (21 percent), Ben Carson (13 percent), and Sen. Marco Rubio (10 percent). Cruz's 21 percent jump in points since October is the biggest leap between Iowa Polls recorded in at least the last five presidential caucus campaigns. The Texas senator has the lead for the first time.


Missing fingerprints could free inmates

Fingerprint records and criminal histories are missing for some inmates in Arizona. When they're released, they could pass background checks and get clearance to drive school buses or buy weapons. Arizona Department of Corrections records show hundreds of inmates were booked without a fingerprint record between 2007 and 2014.

New Jersey

Legal costs of traffic scandal mount

The latest legal bills in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal are in. A law firm has billed New ­Jersey roughly $8 million since it was hired to defend Gov. Chris Christie and others from legal challenges stemming from the 2013 lane closures.

North Korea

Marathon talks with South break down

Two days of marathon talks between North Korea and South Korea broke down without agreement as negotiators failed to agree on how to bring about a thaw in their long-strained relations. South Korea called on the North to help thousands of aging Korean family members separated by the Korean War six decades ago learn of one another's whereabouts, exchange letters and be reunited temporarily.


Thousands killed in anti-terror war

Pakistan's military said it has achieved "phenomenal successes" in the war against terrorism by killing 3,400 "terrorists" since 2014, when it launched a major operation in a tribal region near Afghanistan. Officials said the army lost 488 security personnel. The military has stepped up its fight against terrorism since a Dec. 16, 2014, attack on a school killed nearly 150 people.

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