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January 20, 2015 7:39 AM EST

ISIS Threatens Japanese Hostages

A video released on Tuesday purports to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless a $200 million ransom is paid. The militant in it also directly addresses Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, now on a six-day visit to the Middle East

The Ultimate Thirst Quencher

Still pounding sports drinks after a tough workout? You’re behind the science times. The hottest drink in sports science right now is milk

Chinese Growth Hits 24-Year Low

China’s economy expanded by just 7.4% in 2014, undercutting earlier official forecasts and registering the nation’s weakest growth in 24 years

7 Ways the State of the Union Could Affect You

President Obama will throw out a lot of big ideas during tonight’s State of the Union, but how would they affect you? Here’s a quick look at seven proposals he’s already previewed, in order of how likely they are to be enacted soon

Pope Francis: Catholics Shouldn’t Be Breeding ‘Like Rabbits’

Pope Francis used his return journey from Asia to insist that the Catholic Church’s prohibition on artificial contraception does not necessitate followers bearing numerous children. Despite garnering praise as a reformer, Francis continues to condemn birth-control methods

Americans Mark MLK Day With Service Projects and Protests

Marches and service projects across the U.S. on Monday celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but some used the day to highlight calls for better relations with police after last year’s high-profile, officer-related deaths of unarmed black men

Fresh Fighting Erupts in Ukraine

Civilians came into the cross fire on Monday when pro-Russian fighters and Ukrainian forces battled in the rebel-controlled city center of Donetsk, critically undermining hopes that an already shaky four-month-old truce agreement can be implemented

1 Dead, 1 Injured in Overpass Collapse in Cincinnati

Officials say one person died and another person was injured when a highway overpass collapsed in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Fire Department says the bridge was undergoing demolition at the time of the collapse

Johnny Depp Hates Actor-Musicians

Johnny Depp has slammed actors who he thinks are capitalizing on their fame by becoming musicians. “That whole idea for me is a sickening thing,” the Hollywood superstar told reporters in Berlin, promising that we won’t ever “be hearing the Johnny Depp Band”

Jindal: Muslims Form ‘No-Go Zones’ Outside Civic Control

Some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighborhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said on Monday during a speech in London

British Tabloid Drops Daily Topless Photo

Ending a 40-year practice, one of Britain’s best-selling tabloids, the Sun, will no longer feature topless female models on its page three. The page has been an icon of working-class male life in the U.K., but campaigners have long branded it as “sexist”

What to Expect From President Obama’s Visit to India

With only days to go before the U.S. leader arrives in New Delhi, officials from the two governments are trying to hammer out deals on a host of issues. The trip underscores a rapid shift in U.S.-India ties, which descended into a diplomatic row in 2013

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