Obama gets second swearing-in for second term
WASHINGTON (AP) — His second term already under way, President Barack Obama aims to set an optimistic tone when he takes the oath again to lead a divided nation seeking solutions to economic woes at home and conflict overseas. Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather on the National Mall to witness Obama’s swearing in and inaugural address Monday. The celebrations will extend across the nation’s capital, including the traditional inaugural parade and a pair of glitzy formal balls.
Desert siege toll passes 80; bomb squads search
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian bomb squads searched a gas refinery laced with mines on Monday, looking for more explosive traps a day after the discovery of more bodies throughout the site raised the toll from the terrorist siege well past 80. Special forces from the Algerian military stormed the plant on Saturday to end the four-day siege, then the government began the painstaking work of finding and defusing the explosives planted in what government officials said was a plot by the Islamic extremists to blow up the complex and kill all their captives.
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NM teen accused of killings of parents, 3 children
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A horrific scene awaited officers responding to an emergency call at a New Mexico home — five family members dead, all with multiple gunshot wounds. The victims were later identified as parents and their three young children and the suspected attacker as their 15-year-old son. Investigators trying to piece together what led to the violence late Saturday night found several guns believed used in the shootings, including one assault rifle, Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said Sunday. The owner of the weapons hasn’t been determined.
Boeing investigation turns to battery maker
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and U.S. investigators began a probe Monday into the maker of the lithium ion batteries used in Boeing’s grounded 787 jets. Tsutomu Nishijima, a spokesman for GS Yuasa, the battery manufacturer, said investigators visited the company’s headquarters in Kyoto, Japan and that Yuasa was cooperating with the probe.
New Delhi gang-rape trial to begin Thursday
NEW DELHI (AP) — The trial of five men accused of the rape and murder of a student aboard a bus in New Delhi will begin Thursday and should have none of the long delays commonly associated with India’s justice system, a defense lawyer said after a brief hearing Monday. Judge Yogesh Khanna denied a defense motion to make the proceedings public, ruling that the courtroom must remain closed because of the sensitive nature of the crime, said V.K. Anand, the lawyer for one of the defendants, Ram Singh.
Russia moves to enact anti-gay law nationwide
MOSCOW (AP) — Kissing his boyfriend during a protest in front of Russia’s parliament earned Pavel Samburov 30 hours of detention and the equivalent of a $16 fine on a charge of “hooliganism.” But if a bill that comes up for a first vote later this month becomes law, such a public kiss could be defined as illegal “homosexual propaganda” and bring a fine of up to $16,000. The legislation being pushed by the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church would make it illegal nationwide to provide minors with information that is defined as “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism.” It includes a ban on holding public events that promote gay rights. St. Petersburg and a number of other Russian cities already have similar laws on their books.
Minister: Somber Newtown needs MLK’s words of hope
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A former leader of one of the nation’s most prominent liberal Protestant churches told residents still grieving one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history that Martin Luther King Jr.‘s words of healing and nonviolence “are needed now more than ever.” The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr., the first black minister to lead New York’s historic Riverside Church, spoke Sunday night at the Newtown Congregational Church in a service honoring King and the elementary school shooting victims.
NASA’s older Mars rover notches another milestone
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Opportunity, NASA’s other Mars rover, has tooled around the red planet for so long it’s easy to forget it’s still alive. Some 5,000 miles away from the limelight surrounding Curiosity’s every move, Opportunity this week quietly embarks on its tenth year of exploration — a sweet milestone since it was only tasked to work for three months.
Harbaugh brothers take 49ers, Ravens to Super Bowl
This Super Bowl will be filled with firsts — and one significant last. The Harbaughs, San Francisco’s Jim and Baltimore’s John, will be the first pair of brothers to coach against each other in the NFL title game.