• Laurinaldo Alves adjusts the pacifier of his daughter Luana Vitoria, who suffers from microcephaly, during a physical stimulation session at the Altino Ventura foundation, a treatment center that provides free health care, in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Brazil is in the midst of a Zika outbreak and authorities say they have also detected a spike in cases of microcephaly in newborn children, but the link between Zika and microcephaly is as yet unproven. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation’s rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief’s spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples to U.S. researchers amid complaints of hoarding.

  • In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, a health workers stands in the Sambadrome spraying insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Inspectors begin to spray insecticide around Sambadrome, the outdoor grounds where thousands of dancers and musicians will parade during the city's Feb. 5-10 Carnival celebrations. Brazil's health minister says the country will mobilize some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus linked to birth defects. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

    Historian: Zika won’t stop Olympics; only war has done that

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The world’s best known Olympic historian said Friday it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell walks onto the stage for a news conference Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Goodell confirms Nov. 21 for Texans-Raiders game in Mexico

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Call it the Odell Beckham Jr. Rule.

  • Brazilian Army soldiers distribute flyers with information on how to combat the Aedes aegypti during the "Burial of the Mosquito" carnival block parade in Olinda, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. The parade that happens every year during carnival informs residents and tourists about the dangers of the Aedes aegypti and teaches them how to combat the mosquitoes. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    The Latest: Colombia official attributes 3 deaths to Zika

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on efforts to battle the Zika virus (all times local):

  • A couple kisses during the "Carmelitas" block party, during Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Top Brazilian Health officials said this Friday that the active Zika virus has been found in urine and saliva samples, cautioning that further study is needed to determine whether the mosquito-borne virus in those body fluids is capable of infecting people. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.

  • Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. holding a U.N. report speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. A U.N. human rights panel says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been squirreled away inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid questioning by Swedish authorities about sexual misconduct allegations, has been "arbitrarily detained" by Britain and Sweden since December 2010. The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said his detention should end and he should be entitled to compensation. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Julian Assange claims total vindication with UN panel ruling

    LONDON (AP) — It started more than five years ago as what appeared to be a fairly simple sex crime case: two women in Sweden came forward to accuse Julian Assange of sexual misconduct.

  • Venezuela beats Cuba 3-1, reaches Caribbean Series semis

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Alex Romero, Jose Martinez and Sandy Leon drove in runs to lead Venezuela’s Aragua Tigers over Cuba’s Ciego de Avila 3-1 Thursday and advance to the Caribbean Series semifinals.

  • Brazil, Shakhtar player Fred’s doping ban extended worldwide

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has extended Brazil midfielder Fred’s doping ban worldwide, ruling him out of four months of matches for Shakhtar Donetsk.

  • Pope Francis attends his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in historic step

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West, both churches announced Friday.

  • File-This March 3, 2015, file photo shows Florida Gov. Rick Scott emphasizing a point in his State of the State speech on the opening day of a joint session of the legislature in Tallahassee, Fla.  Scott called for more vigilance Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, against the Zika virus and he said his emergency health declaration for five counties was much like getting ready for hurricane. He sought to assure people that Florida, a hub for cruises and flights to Central and South America where the outbreak is, was safe. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

    Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus

    MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.