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More information about the detainment of 10 U.S. sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards from January 12 through 13 is being made public, including an Iranian video that surfaced on the day of their release that shows a sailor apologizing to Iranian interrogators.

 

After the New York State Court of Appeals on January 14 rejected an appeal made by the owners of a farm and wedding venue who had been charged by the New York State Human Rights Division with illegal discrimination and fined $13,000 for refusing to host the wedding of a same-sex couple, an attorney for the farm’s owners said they are considering another appeal.

In a debate that had been pared down from nine candidates in December to seven last night, several candidates for the Republican presidential nomination who faced each other in North Charleston, South Carolina, on January 14 became increasingly combative.

 

Anticipating that Fox Business Network would exclude him from the main primetime Republican debate and relegate him to the "undercard" debate, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “I won’t participate in anything that’s not first tier because we have a first tier campaign.”

President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on the evening of January 12, and — as journalists who had been given advance press releases about the speech predicted — he avoided legislative proposals for the present Congress and focused on four “big questions” about the future.

A report from the Interior Ministry in the state of North Rhine-Wesphalia (NRW), Germany, where Cologne lies, lists a total of 516 criminal complaints being registered pertaining to New Year's Eve incidents, 237 of which were of a sexual nature.

 

 

Gerd Müller, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, warned in a January 9 statement to Bild, Germany’s largest circulation newspaper, that only 10 percent of the migrants heading to Europe have arrived and that eight to 10 million more are on their way.

A U.S. Hellfire air-to-surface missile that disappeared after being sent to Europe for a NATO training exercise has turned up in Cuba. While no one has been able to determine exactly how this happened, it may have been an inadvertent mistake on the part of freight handlers.

 

Roy S. Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, issued an order on January 6 that “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act.”

 

The price of marijuana has dropped drastically in the last few years, and many analysts attribute the fall to the legalization or decriminalization of cannabis by several U.S. states.