1. TOKYO STUDYING NEW MESSAGE ALLEGEDLY FROM HOSTAGE
The audio recording, purportedly in Kenji Goto’s voice, extends the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi prisoner linked to a terror attack and says failure to do so will result in the Jordanian pilot’s death.
2. DE BLASIO’S SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETER GETS BLIZZARD OF ATTENTION
The 38-year-old deaf man uses big gestures and full-body movements to interpret the mayor’s briefings on the snow storm, becoming a buzzing character on social media.
3. OBAMA TO SEEK TO BUST LIMITS ON DOMESTIC, DEFENSE SPENDING
The president’s proposal, two months after voters booted his party from control of Congress, reflects the White House’s newfound confidence on the economy.
4. POLICE QUESTION CHILD WHO BACKED CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKERS
The detention of an 8-year-old boy from the south of France draws criticism that the country’s measures to prevent people from defending terrorism have gone overboard.
5. PROSECUTORS TO LAY CASE AGAINST AARON HERNANDEZ
Opening statements are set to begin in the murder trial of the former New England Patriots star player.
6. HOW THE IVY LEAGUE WANTS TO DIVERSIFY ITS CHINESE ACADEMIC BODY
The academic powerhouses are trying to recruit from all economic backgrounds in China which accounts for a third of all foreign students coming to the U.S.
7. CENTER-LEFT ALLIANCE CHALLENGES NETANYAHU’S LEAD
A strong showing by “The Zionist Camp” coalition is now ahead of the prime minister’s Likud party in the polls.
8. WHAT GOP IS DEMANDING OF ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE
Republican senators at Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing repeatedly seek assurances that she would do things differently than the current occupant of the job, Eric Holder.
9. RAUL CASTRO PUTS BRAKES ON CLOSER US-CUBA TIES
The Cuban president says normal relations depend on a series of American concessions – including the return of the U.S. base at Guantanamo – that appear highly unlikely anytime soon.
10. WHO’S GOOD BET TO WIN SUPER BOWL
New England will down Seattle 27-24 in overtime, predicts Barry Wilner, the AP’s pro football writer.