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10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Jan. 27

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Northeast hunkers down as storm totals are downgraded  For most, predictions of massive snow accumulations will not materialize. But Boston could still see about 2 feet and New York 10 to 20 inches. 2. Japan optimistic about Read More…

Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

Japan's Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama, center, answers to a reporter's question in Amman, Jordan. Nakayama expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as criticisms mounted Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home “with a smile on their faces,” as criticisms mounted Tuesday over the government’s handling of the crisis. Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama was determined, saying he believed there were Read More…

Obama leading delegation of US dignitaries to Saudi Arabia

U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the audience after delivering a speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium, a government-run event center, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday. Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was leading a bipartisan delegation of lawmakers, senior U.S. officials and two former secretaries of state to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects to the royal family following King Abdullah’s death. Obama cut short the final day of his visit to India to make the trip, departing New Delhi Tuesday afternoon Read More…

Facebook: Internal glitch caused hour-long global outage

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour on Tuesday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide. The glitch reported in Asia, the United States, Australia and the U.K. affected access from PCs and Facebook’s mobile app. The social media giant’s Instagram service was also inaccessible. A Facebook statement said the disruption was Read More…

Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years later

Paula Lebovics, an 81-year-old Holocaust survivor, points to a photo showing herself as a child and other children at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp pictured after the camp was liberated by the Soviet Red Army, at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw, Poland. Lebovics was 11 at that time. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) — Some 300 Holocaust survivors gathered with world leaders Tuesday under an enormous tent over the gate and railroad tracks that marked the last journey for more than a million people murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz were tinged with a sense of Read More…

US announces charges in New York Russian spy ring case

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Russian citizens were charged Monday in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed messages concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, authorities said. The defendants were directed by Russian authorities to gather sensitive economic intelligence Read More…

Budget for Koch-backed network: almost $1 billion for 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that spending across its conservative network would approach $1 billion ahead of 2016′s elections. The stunning sum from Freedom Partners would dwarf expected spending from official GOP committees and many of the hopefuls expected to Read More…

Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother Joan Rivers’ death

In this May 15, 2014 file photo, Melissa Rivers, left, and Joan Rivers attend the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment 2014 Upfront at the Javits Center in New York. Melissa Rivers filed a malpractice lawsuit Monday against doctors and the clinic where her mother Joan Rivers had a routine medical procedure, stopped breathing, and later died. Rivers said in a statement that filing the suit was one of the most difficult decisions she had to make. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed Monday by her daughter, Melissa. The 81-year-old comedian and star of “Fashion Police” on E! died Sept. 4, Read More…

Super Bowl Media Day: The art of saying little to nothing

In this Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch stands against a wall during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in Newark, N.J. The history of Super Bowl Media Day has played a key role in making the Super Bowl the most-watched NFL TV program. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — This is not a story about Super Bowl Media Day. Thank God. This IS a story about the story of Super Bowl Media Day. It’s a story about the media covering other media pretending to cover players and coaches for the Patriots and Seahawks, who, in turn, will pretend to shed light on the issues of theday while also taking videos Read More…

Blizzard howls its way into Boston but largely spares NYC

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BOSTON (AP) — A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston, the rest of eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island on Tuesday, delivering wind gusts topping 75 mph, but it failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and New York City, which canceled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions. Total Read More…