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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Morning Digest: Obama strikes defiant tone with Republicans in big speech

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Obama strikes defiant tone with Republicans in big speech
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama struck a defiant tone for his dealings with the new Republican-led Congress on Tuesday, calling on his opponents to raise taxes on the rich and threatening to veto legislation that would challenge his key decisions..
Japan PM says will do utmost to free captives
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will do its utmost to free two of its countrymen believed to be held captive by the Islamic State militant group, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters on Wednesday, adding that Tokyo would never give in to terrorism..
Bonds, shares, gold supported ahead of expected ECB action
LONDON (Reuters) - European shares held close to a seven-year high on Wednesday and Asian shares hit a six-week peak investors bet the European Central Bank would unveil a stimulus drive to boost the flagging euro zone economy..
Singer Sam Smith, 'Imitation Game,''Transparent' receive GLAAD nods
NEW YORK (Reuters) - British singer Sam Smith, historical thriller "The Imitation Game" and the hit TV series "Transparent," "Game of Thrones" and "Orange is the New Black" were among the nominees announced on Wednesday for 26th annual GLAAD Awards..
A tale of two Super Bowl-bound cities
(Reuters) - New England has the Boston Tea Party and cream pie, Seattle has Starbucks and marijuana but only one will be crowned Super Bowl champions after an East Coast versus West Cost clash of teams as different as the cities they represent..
Nearly every U.S. arms program found vulnerable to cyber attacks
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly every U.S. weapons program tested in fiscal 2014 showed "significant vulnerabilities" to cyber attacks, including misconfigured, unpatched and outdated software, the Pentagon's chief weapons tester said in his annual report released Tuesday..
SpaceX raises $1 billion in funding from Google, Fidelity
(Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), founded by Elon Musk, said it has raised about $1 billion in a financing round with two new investors, Google Inc and Fidelity..
Activists arrested after dousing Lenin's tomb with holy water
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two performance artists were arrested after pouring holy water on the Red Square tomb of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and shouting "Rise and be gone!", Russian media reported..
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