CRUZ WINS, HILLARY BARELY EDGES OUT BERNIE IN IOWA Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) defeated Donald Trump to win Iowa, while on the Democratic side of the race, officials are saying Hillary Clinton has managed to beat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by four delegates. Check out the biggest winners and losers from the Iowa caucus, as well as the full results. And here's why "Iowa, in short, was not so much the first domino of the campaign season as it was a warning shot for each political party. Existential questions and messy disputes lie ahead." [Sam Stein and Jen Bendery, HuffPost]
WHAT'S NEXT While Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) came in a close third, fellow Floridian Jeb Bush had a rough night -- he spent over $2,800 per vote in Iowa and walked away without any delegates. Martin O'Malley and Mike Huckebee have suspended their campaigns, while Ben Carson may not be far behind. And the battle for the New Hampshire primary -- which is just eight days away -- is heating up. [Paige Lavender, HuffPost]
PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY DECLARED OVER LINK TO ZIKA VIRUS "The World Health Organization declared a 'public health emergency of international concern' on Monday morning due to the clusters of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities that may be caused by Zika virus." Here are the answers to the nine top questions about the Zika virus. [Erin Schumaker, Anna Almendrala and Ryan Grenoble, HuffPost]
OBAMA BOLSTERS EASTERN EUROPE IN MOVE TO DETER PUTIN "President [Barack] Obama plans to substantially increase the deployment of heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other equipment to NATO countries in Central and Eastern Europe, a move that administration officials said was aimed at deterring Russia from further aggression in the region." [NYT]
'THE SMALL WARNINGS BEFORE A CARDIAC ARREST' What to look out for. [WSJ | Paywall]
THIS IS HOW LARGE THE METHANE GAS LEAK IS IN CALIFORNIA Huge. [Matt Ferner and Lydia O'Connor, HuffPost]
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR AN EARLY SPRING Our favorite woodchuck, Punxsutawney Phil, did not see his shadow this morning on Groundhog Day. [NPR]
'HUMAN ERROR' COULD BE CAUSE OF MAY AMTRAK DERAILMENT "No problems were found with the train or with the tracks and signals at the site of the accident." [NYT]
FOX IS LOOKING TO MAKE $250 MILLION WORTH OF STAFF CUTS Ouch. [Variety]
WE WILL CONSUME 1.3 BILLION CHICKEN WINGS HERE IN THE U.S. On Super Bowl Sunday alone. [HuffPost]
'WHY WE DON'T NEED A WHITE HISTORY MONTH' Examining the default prism. [HuffPost]
WHEN CANCER CELLS FORM TUMORS A visual, and terrifying, look at how cancerous tissue can pull in healthy cells. [HuffPost]
DELAWARE'S DEATH PENALTY PAUSED "A Superior Court judge in Delaware has ordered a halt to the death penalty in the state. Judge Jan Jurden's Monday order puts the state's 39 currently pending capital murder cases on hold until the state Supreme Court determines the constitutionality of Delaware's death penalty scheme." [HuffPost]
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