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10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Jan. 20

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Islamic State issues video ultimatum to Japan  The terrorist group threatens to kill two Japanese hostages if Tokyo doesn’t pay $200 million in ransom within 72 hours; Prime Minister Abe vows to save them. 2. Obama speech Read More…

Islamic State group threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages Tuesday unless they receive $200 million in 72 hours, directly demanding the ransom from Japan’s premier during his visit to the Middle East. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to save the men, saying: “Their lives are the top priority.” However, Abe and other Japanese officials Read More…

In State of the Union, Obama aims to influence 2016 debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues, rather than setting a realistic agenda for Congress. Obama’s calls for increasing taxes on the wealthy, making Read More…

Theater shooting case draws huge pool of prospective jurors

DENVER (AP) — At first glance, the Colorado movie theater shooting case seems simple. James Holmes admitted to the attack that left 12 dead and 70 injured. It will be far more complicated for jurors, who will wrestle with whether he was insane when he barged into a packed movie theater, clad in combat gear, and opened fire on Read More…

US seeking end to Cuban restrictions on diplomats

WASHINGTON (AP) — American officials head to Havana this week with fairly modest goals of cooperation with the Cuban government, seeking an end to restrictions on the U.S. Interests Section there so that an embassy — and symbol of the two countries’ new relationship — can eventually be established. The migration and normalization talks between Read More…

IMF cuts growth forecasts, citing sluggish EU, Japan, BRICS

TOKYO (AP) — The International Monetary Fund lowered its forecasts for global growth over the next two years, warning Tuesday that weakness in most major economies will trump gains from lower oil prices. The IMF’s report was released as China reported its slowest growth in 24 years. The IMF downgraded projections it issued in October Read More…

Pope: Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice “responsible parenting.” Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate births. But he said most Read More…

NFL investigating whether Patriots used deflated footballs

The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. “We are looking into it,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Monday. “We do not have anything further to add at this point.” The inquiry was first Read More…

AP source: Scherzer, Nationals agree to $210M, 7-year deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure seems as if Max Scherzer and his wife now will be able to afford to buy themselves at least one of those nonstick baking sheets they were hoping to receive as a wedding gift. Or even a few million of ’em. The 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner will become the highest-paid right-handed Read More…

Part of Cincinnati interstate to be shut for days after collapse

CINCINNATI (AP) — A collapsed overpass covered southbound lanes of Interstate 75 with hundreds of tons of concrete and steel Tuesday, following a construction accident that killed a worker and injured a tractor-trailer driver. Authorities identified the worker as Brandon William Carl, 35, of Augusta, Kentucky. The Hamilton County coroner’s office will do an autopsy Read More…