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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Jury Selection To Start In Aurora, Colo., Mass Shooting Trial

A view of the jury box, right, inside Courtroom 201, where jury selection in the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes is to begin Tuesday at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo.
Brennan Linsley AP

Jury selections starts today for the trial of James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting in July 2012.

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Economy
8:07 am
Tue January 20, 2015

State Of The Union Will Tout Progress, But Is The Economy Fixed?

President Obama greets lawmakers as he leaves after giving the 2014 State of Union address before a joint session of Congress.
Larry Downing AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 8:50 am

In so many ways, Jan. 20, 2009, was a frightful day to be taking the oath of office.

The U.S. economy was in free fall as Barack Obama rose to deliver his inaugural address. "We are in the midst of crisis," he said. "Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered."

Exactly six years later, Obama is returning to Capitol Hill to deliver a State of the Union address at 9 p.m. ET. He is expected to highlight the economic progress that has been made since that frigid Day One — and call for more changes.

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NPR History Dept.
8:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Beware Of Japanese Balloon Bombs

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 8:57 am

Those who forget the past are liable to trip over it.

Just a few months ago a couple of forestry workers in Lumby, British Columbia — about 250 miles north of the U.S. border – happened upon a 70 year old Japanese balloon bomb.

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Islamic State, In Video, Threatens To Kill 2 Japanese Hostages

A photo from a video clip posted on YouTube shows a man with a knife threatening two captives identified as Haruna Yukawa (right) and Kenji Goto Jogo. The Islamic State says it wants $200 million for their release.
Kyodo /Landov

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:51 am

The group that calls itself the Islamic State, in a direct address to Japan's prime minister, is threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless it gets $200 million within 72 hours. The demand in a video posted online comes as Shinzo Abe is visiting the Middle East.

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It's All Politics
7:06 am
Tue January 20, 2015

State Of The Union: 5 Things To Watch

President Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks Friday during their joint news conference at the White House.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 8:49 am

Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama's State of the Union address is still the biggest audience he'll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again — Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama) have all had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president's agenda slim to none.

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