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Monday, January 26, 2015

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January 26, 2015
Devil's Pact?
An American couple's freedom may have come at a steep price: the release of a convicted terrorist from the Supermax prison. Shane Harris and Jamie Kirchick report on Qatar's secret offer to the U.S. that followed the controversial exchange of Taliban detainees in Gitmo for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Alex Gibney's highly anticipated documentary Going Clear claims the Church of Scientology forced Tom Cruise to divorce Nicole Kidman through intimidation. Marlow Stern reports from the Sundance Film Festival.

A device described as a small drone by law enforcement was found on the grounds of the White House on Sunday. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it "doesn't pose any ongoing threat." The Secret Service is investigating the discovery. President and Mrs. Obama are away visiting India, but it's not known if their daughters were at the White House at the time.


A potentially "historic and destructive" winter storm and blizzard will dump up to 3 feet of snow on the Northeast on Monday, with affected areas including New York City, coastal New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for New York City beginning Monday afternoon as well as in Boston, Providence, and the Cape Cod area beginning Monday night. The service also warned of life-threatening conditions and advised people in the affected areas to avoid travel. Airlines have started offering fee-free rebooking from the Northeast on Monday and have canceled more than 3,200 flights through Tuesday, according to


Duke legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski marked his 1,000th win with the Blue Devils in a 77-68 comeback victory over St. John's in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd on Sunday. Krzyzewski, known as "Coach K," became basketball's all-time winningest coach at the same venue in 2011. The revered Coach K holds 12 ACC regular-season titles, 13 ACC tournament titles, 12 coach of the year awards, 30 NCAA tournament appearances as well as two gold medals with USA Basketball and four national titles. He led 82 tourney wins—the most in college basketball—along with his 13 30-win seasons. "There will be others who will win more," Krzyzewski said. "But it's kind of neat to be the first one to 1,000. To do it this way, to win here at all, but to win the 1,000th here, you've got to be a lucky guy. This is a magical place."

Obama, Modi Unveil Nuclear Trade Plans
Strengthen defense ties.
Chris Christie Launches PAC for 2016 Run
Creates Leadership Matters for America.
Left-Wing Party Wins Greece Elections
With nearly all votes counted.
NY Assembly Speaker to Step Down
Following corruption charges.
'Birdman' Wins Big at SAG Awards
For outstanding cast in a motion picture.

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