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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — For a while they were civil to each other, but Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are no longer holding back when it comes to criticizing each other. In last night's GOP debate in South Carolina, Trump said a "big question mark" hangs over Cruz' candidacy because his American mother gave birth to him in Canada. And Cruz questioned Trump's conservatism, saying Trump has "New York Values."

BRUSSELS (AP) — The president of the European Commission says the EU's reputation is being damaged worldwide for the failure of member countries to manage the refugee crisis. Jean-Claude Juncker (zhahn-KLOHD' YUN'-kur) is calling on nations to host more refugees arriving on Europe's shores, after more than one million migrants entered in 2015. He says Europe was known as a wealthy, admirable continent but "now we do appear as being the weakest part, and the poorest part of the world."

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is asking the White House for help in dealing with Flint's water crisis. Snyder last night asked President Barack Obama to issue an emergency and major disaster declaration, and he's asking for additional federal aid. Flint's drinking water has been contaminated with lead since the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan appears all but certain to elect a female president on Saturday. The Democratic Progressive Party's Tsai Ing-wen would be the first Asian woman elected head of state without having been the wife, daughter or sibling of a powerful man. Tsai holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

MIAMI (AP) — A rare January hurricane in the Atlantic is closing in on the Azores, with authorities in the Portuguese islands warning of waves up to 60 feet high, wind gusts up to 100 mph and torrential rain. Hurricane Alex is the first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Alex likely will lose its tropical characteristics by this afternoon or overnight as it moves over colder waters.

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