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U.S. Top News: 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.
U.S. couple present defense in Bali suitcase murder case
DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - A U.S. man and his pregnant girlfriend presented their defense on Wednesday at a hearing where they stand accused of murdering the woman's mother, whose battered body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali last August.
Texas to execute man for triple murder in San Antonio home
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas plans to execute on Wednesday a man who was convicted of stabbing three people to death with a screwdriver, including his great-uncle and great-aunt, in a San Antonio home robbery in 1993.
Volvo names new U.S. sales chief as sales decline
DETROIT (Reuters) - Volvo Cars on Wednesday named a new head of North America as the Swedish auto brand tries to reverse lagging sales in a growing U.S. market.
Boston hospital surgeon dies after shooting
BOSTON (Reuters) - A cardiac surgeon at a major Boston hospital died of gunshot wounds on Tuesday evening, hours after he was shot by a man who opened fire inside the medical center and later killed himself, officials said.
Love for Florida manatees should have limits, regulators say
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (Reuters) - On winter days, Florida manatees flock by the hundreds to the balmy waters of Three Sisters Springs, drawing crowds of snorkelers and kayakers to the U.S. sanctuary, where people may swim with the endangered species.
Jury selection starts in Colorado cinema massacre trial
CENTENNIAL, Co. (Reuters) - A judge in Colorado began the process on Tuesday of choosing the jury for the murder trial of James Holmes, the former neuroscience graduate student who killed 12 people in July 2012 at a midnight screening of a Batman movie.
Obama to visit Selma for 50th anniversary of civil rights marches
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Selma, Alabama, in March to recognize the 50th anniversary of historic marches led by activists fighting against segregation and seeking to ensure African Americans' right to vote, a White House official said on Tuesday.
Boxing champ Taylor pleads not guilty to Arkansas assault charges
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Boxing champion Jermain Taylor pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to multiple criminal charges related to allegations of threatening a family at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Little Rock.
Mexico says expects kingpin extradition request from U.S. soon
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's attorney general said on Tuesday he expects the United States to submit an extradition request soon for drug lord Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, who was Mexico's most wanted man until his capture last February.
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