Patriots-Seahawks are tied 14-14 at halftime GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Russell Wilson threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Chris Matthews with 2 seconds left in the second quarter and the Seattle Seahawks tied the Super Bowl at 14 despite being outplayed by the New England Patriots for most of the half. Matthews' first career catch set up Marshawn Lynch's 3-yard touchdown run that tied it at 7. His second catch capped a five-play, 80-yard drive that took just 29 seconds.
Running story: Super Bowl ads from start to finish NEW YORK (AP) - The Super Bowl ad games have so far delivered a nod to the Brady Bunch, voiceovers from Muhammad Ali and John F. Kennedy and Mindy Kaling trying to steal a kiss from fellow actor Matt Damon. Skittles, a first-timer to the big game, got some extra publicity early on when Marshawn Lynch popped some of his favorite candies into his mouth on the sideline. And Chevrolet grabbed some attention with a fake-out before the game even started.
Obama proposing $478 billion public works program in budget WASHINGTON (AP) - The $4 trillion budget that President Barack Obama sends Congress on Monday proposes higher taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations, and an ambitious $478 billion public works program for highway, bridge and transit upgrades. The grab-bag of proposals, many recycled from past Obama budgets, already is generating fierce objections from Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress for the first time in his presidency. They will move ahead on their own, mindful they eventually must strike a deal with Obama, whose signature is needed for the budget to become law.
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Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded TOKYO (AP) - Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Goto's purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism. The failure to save Goto raised fears for the life of a Jordanian fighter pilot also held by the militant group that controls about a third of both Syria and Iraq. Unlike some earlier messages delivered in the crisis, the video that circulated online late Saturday purporting to show a militant beheading Goto did not mention the pilot.
Egypt releases imprisoned Al-Jazeera reporter CAIRO (AP) - A reporter for Al-Jazeera English was released from an Egyptian prison and deported Sunday after more than a year behind bars, but his two Egyptian colleagues remained jailed in a case widely condemned as a sham by human-rights groups. Australian Peter Greste was whisked away on a flight to Cyprus. His release came as a welcome surprise to fellow reporters and activists who spent months pressing for his freedom.
Huckabee compares being gay to using alcohol, profanity WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday said being gay is akin to choosing to drink alcohol or use profanity - lifestyle choices he says are appealing to others but not to him. The former Baptist pastor, who is weighing a second run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, also claimed that forcing people of faith to accept gay marriage as policy is on par with telling Jews that they must serve "bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli." That dish would run afoul of kosher rules in the same way Huckabee sees asking Christians to accept same-sex marriages.
Immigrants could wait until 2019 to have cases resolved SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved. Some immigration lawyers fear the delay will leave their clients at risk of deportation as evidence becomes dated, witnesses disappear, sponsoring relatives die and dependent children become adults.
Ukrainian separatist advance forces mass flight SVYATOHIRSK, Ukraine (AP) - As fighting escalates around the town Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, a growing wave of civilians are fleeing their homes, taking the risk of being struck by stray projectiles on their way, and often leaving family members behind. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that around 1,000 of Debaltseve's residents have been evacuated in the past days. Many end up at a government-owned holiday camp in the resort town of Svyatohirsk, where the sound of artillery fire is replaced with an uneasy quiet.
Northern California chief's new approach revitalizes force RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - In December, the openly gay, white police chief of this tough, minority-dominated Northern California city held up a sign reading "(hash)blacklivesmatter" during a protest over the deaths of two unarmed black suspects at the hands of Missouri and New York police. The photo of Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus with the sign went viral, sparking criticism from the local police officers' union and debate over whether his participation was appropriate.
Storm blankets Midwest in snow, creeps toward Northeast CHICAGO (AP) - A slow-moving winter storm blanketed a large swath of the Plains and Midwest in snow Sunday, forcing the cancellation of roughly 2,000 flights, making roads treacherous and forcing some people to rethink their plans to attend Super Bowl parties. Blizzard conditions developed in Chicago - where more than a foot was expected by evening - and other Midwest locales as the system slowly crept eastward into Pennsylvania and western New York state. Parts of New England still digging out from a storm early last week were readying for yet another round of snow to arrive Sunday and last through Monday.