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CNN: Terrorists from ISIS have launched an attack on the oil-producing northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.Recently, there has been speculation that ISIS might attack Kirkuk to force Kurdish troops to divert their efforts away from Mosul, ISIS' stronghold in Iraq, which is about 100 miles to the northwest.
Rolling Stone: Marion "Suge" Knight is begin held on a $2 million bail after being charged with murder. Knight, the founder of Death Row Records was involved in a fatal hit-and-run Thursday afternoon.
USA Today: This week, in three separate arrests, Border Patrol agents seized $300,000 worth of meth.
Bloomberg Business: Last week, the fewest number of Americans filed for applications for unemployment in almost 15 years.
CNN: Seven people, including four children, are died today after a natural gas explosion hit a maternity hospital on the outskirts of Mexico City this morning. Locals are worried there may be people trapped below what remains of the hospital, which was on the verge of collapsing after the explosion.
USA Today: McDonald's board has named a new CEO after months of declining numbers for the company. After the news broke this morning, McDonald's sock jumped 4%. The current CEO, Don Thompson is a 25-year McDonald's veteran, has only been in charge of the company for about two years.
Bloomberg Business: At least a dozen elite colleges, including Duke, Dartmouth and Columbia, have made a mostly unprecedented choice to offer extensions of January application deadlines. The schools are not, however, admitting more students or suffering from low applications numbers. They're extending the deadlines so they can reject more students — more applications mean more rejections, which heightens a college's prestige in the world of higher education.
NPR: Jordan says it is ready to meet the demands of ISIS militants in order to save the life of a Jordanian hostage.
CNN: Benjamin and Kristi Strack, the parents found dead alongside their three children in their Springville in September, Utah, killed themselves and their children fearing the apocalypse.
CNN: An asteroid the passed Earth yesterday, officially known as 2004 BL86, has its own small moon. NASA released black and white photos showing the asteroid, a third of a mile in size, spinning through space, with its 230-foot-in diameter moon following behind.
Yahoo! News: French parents in the city of Valenciennes recently named their baby Nutella, for the chocolate-hazelnut spread, but a local judge decided that wasn't in her best interest.
Bloomberg: The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw its biggest drop since October, as a slide in durable-goods orders and disappointing results from companies like Microsoft Corp. increased concern over the economy’s strength.
Reuters: Facebook has been ordered to block a list of pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad by a Turkish court. The court threatened to stop access to the website entirely if the company does not comply.
Bloomberg: The U.S. Secret Service found a small, remote-controlled drone on the White House grounds overnight. The drone, a quadcopter, is widely available and costs a few hundred dollars. That type of drone can only fly for about 20 minutes and it's carrying capacity is limited to items about the size and weight of a small camera.
CNN: The National Weather Service is describing a storm expected to hit the Northeast Monday and Tuesday as "life-threatening" and "historic." As for 8:30 a.m., more than 4,000 flights to and from the area had been cancelled on Monday and Tuesday.
NPR: Tom Brady says he didn't alter the footballs used to play the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.
CNN: Saudi Arabia's longtime king, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud, died early this morning at the age of 90. The cause of death has not been released.
Reuters: Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned yesterday in reaction to a Houthi rebel takeover of the country.
CNN: Japan has been trying to talk to ISIS to save the lives of the two Japanese men the militant group threatened to kill.
NPR: Police fired tear gas into a crowd where hundreds of elementary schools were protesting the illegal seizure of their playground by a private developer in Nairobi, Kenya.
Yahoo! News: Lawyers were supposed to start presenting their cases in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday, but jury selection has taken longer than expected.
New York Times: President Obama gave the State of the Union address on Tuesday, in which he claimed credit for an improving economy and encouraged Congress to support an expensive domestic agenda aiming to improve the fortunes of the middle class
NPR: Google has made a huge investment in SpaceX, taking a step towards providing Internet access to remote parts of the world.
CNN: Former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers Vito LoGrasso, known as Big Vito, and Evan Singleton, known as Adam Mercer, are suing the WWE for ignoring signs of brain injury.
A lawyer for WWE called the lawsuit without merit, like a "virtually identical one filed by the same lawyers in Oregon."
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New York Times: More than two and a half years after he opened fire in a packed movie theatre, James E. Holmes will be sitting trial starting next week. Holmes has plead not guilty by reason of insanity.