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The Latest: East practice starts for Sunday's All-Star game

TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):

Pope calls on Mexico's president to fight corruption

By Philip Pullella and David Alire Garcia MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis launched a broadside against endemic corruption on his first visit to Mexico as pontiff on Saturday, calling on President Enrique Pena Nieto and his government to combat it. Corruption is deeply ingrained in Mexico, and Pena Nieto, his wife and finance minister have all been embroiled in conflict of interest scandals involving homes purchased from government contractors. "Experience teaches us that each time we seek the path of privilege or benefits for a few to the detriment of the good of all, sooner or later the life of society becomes a fertile soil for corruption, the drug trade, the exclusion of different cultures, violence and also human trafficking, kidnapping and death," the pope said in a speech to Pena Nieto, the government and foreign diplomats.

Turkish military shelled Kurdish militia in Syria: government source

Turkey's military has shelled Kurdish militia targets near the town of Azaz in northern Syria, a Turkish government source told Reuters on Saturday, without elaborating on the extent of the shelling or why it had been carried out. "The Turkish Armed Forces fired shells at PYD positions in the Azaz area," the source said, referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara regards as a terrorist organization. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the shelling had targeted a Syrian air base and a village captured from insurgents in recent days by the YPG militia, which is backed by the PYD.

Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal as army gains ground

By Paul Carrel, Shadia Nasralla and Tom Perry MUNICH/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province. International divisions over Syria surfaced anew at a Munich conference where Russia rejected French charges that it was bombing civilians, just a day after world powers agreed on the "cessation of hostilities" due to begin in a week's time.

Sen. Cory Booker uses book to trace story of political rise

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — In his first book, "United," Sen. Cory Booker traces his political rise from a councilman in Newark to the mayor to U.S. senator through stories about the people he learned from or was inspired by along the way.

Trump under pressure to show more presidential side at debate

By Steve Holland GREENVILLE, S.C. (Reuters) - Donald Trump will face pressure on Saturday night to show a more presidential side to his personality at a debate with his rivals where he may draw more fire than in previous encounters. With a week to go until South Carolina's Republican primary vote on Feb. 20, the 9 p.m. EST debate comes at a time of high anxiety for Trump's opponents. Trump, who won New Hampshire handily on Tuesday after placing second in Iowa on Feb. 1, has a big lead in the polls in South Carolina.

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Paris is romantic.









Best new artist award: Career boost or 'kiss of death'?

Al-Shabaab claims in-flight bombing

The jihadist group Al-Shabaab on Saturday claimed responsibility for a bomb that exploded an a Somali passenger plane this month -- an explosion that authorities say killed only the alleged bomber.









Russian PM: It's 'new Cold War'

Bringing back the language of the 1950s and 60s, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the strained relationship between his country and the West could be described as "a new Cold War."









When the Grammys got it wrong

As the 2016 Grammy nominations are announced, CNN's Lisa France looks back at all the times the Grammys missed the mark.









Who is nominated?

Taylor Swift left anything but a "Blank Space" in the nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards, receiving nods in the Big Three categories -- album, record and song of the year -- though hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar outdid her for overall nominations.









Why did ship sail into storm?

Official: State prevented CDC probe

Residents of Flint, Michigan, began getting gravely ill and in some cases dying in summer 2014 in one of the worst outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease in U.S. history, and a county health director says attempts to find the source were hampered when the state wouldn't request federal assistance.









Primary 'rigged' against Sanders?

CNN's Jake Tapper questions DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz about the Democratic party's use of Superdelegates.









'I just want this to stop'

Cooper Stutler's teacher told his second-grade class to put their shirts over their noses as they crossed the playground to get snacks.









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Mike Vick looking fly in Dubai

Mike Vick looking fly in Dubai

Melo on trade rumors: 'I'm not going anywhere'

Melo on trade rumors: 'I'm not going anywhere'

Sole man: Jordan gifts full sneaker set to Kobe

Sole man: Jordan gifts full sneaker set to Kobe

No contest: Today's best shooters are better than ever

No contest: Today's best shooters are better than ever

LaVine anchors U.S. in Rising Stars Challenge

LaVine anchors U.S. in Rising Stars Challenge

With good cheer, Kobe Bryant embraces final All-Star Weekend

With good cheer, Kobe Bryant embraces final All-Star Weekend

Al Horford is a Hawk in flight

Al Horford is a Hawk in flight

MLB permanently bans Mejia for PED violations

MLB permanently bans Mejia for PED violations
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