Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Apple Fights 'Dangerous' Order to Unlock Shooter's iPhone
The tech giant is fiercely opposing a court order to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, accusing the federal government of an "overreach" that could potentially breach the privacy of millions of customers. Read more in NEWS.
2. No 'Red Flags' Over Scalia's Death Inquest by Phone
A county judge's decision by phone that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died of natural causes and required no autopsy was unusual, Texas officials said, but sometimes happens in rural areas with vast counties. Read more in NEWS.
3. Obama: 'I Continue to Believe Trump Will Not Be President'
President Barack Obama on Tuesday reiterated that he doesn't believe GOP front-runner Donald Trump will ever be president, saying the American people realize the highest office in the nation "is not a reality show." Read more in POLITICS.
Obama: Americans Understand Presidency 'Is Not a Reality Show'Feb. 17, 201604:53
4. China Deploys Missiles to Contested Island in South China Sea
China has positioned anti-aircraft missiles on a disputed island, Taiwan said Wednesday, in an increasingly tense territorial dispute. When asked about the allegation, Chinese officials said the deployment of missiles on Chinese territory would be "legitimate and reasonable." Read more in NEWS.
5. After Historic Freeze, an Unlikely Spring Spreads East
Take off your parkas and get out your umbrellas — only two days after some of the coldest weather in decades blasted the Northeast, vastly warmer conditions have moved in, flipping temperatures by as much as 60 degrees and opening the rain buckets. Read more in NEWS.
6. Study Looks at How Big Events Fuel U.S. Sex Trafficking
It's long been debated whether the Super Bowl is the biggest single driver of sex trafficking in the U.S., but the focus on football's marquee event may be disguising the extent to which other major public gatherings and events contribute to the problem, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Read more in NEWS.
Study: Sex Trafficking Peaks Around Major EventsFeb. 16, 201600:31
7. Top Dog at Westminster is German Shorthaired Pointer
A brown and white pooch named CJ won "Best in Show" at the 140th Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Tuesday, besting more than 2,700 contestants over the two-day competition. CJ had earlier won the sporting group. Read more in NEWS.
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