In the audience for Obama's State of the Union speech will be several Americans touched by gun violence and a group of undocumented immigrants – human reminders of the president's coming legislative challenges.
Google was reported to be acquiring Wi-fi provider ICOA. But both ICOA and Google have loudly denied that there were ever any talks at all.
Rising home values and declining foreclosure rates indicate a slow but steady recovery for the US housing market. Obstacles remain, however, including negative equity due to 'underwater' mortgages.
Social Security recipients will go a second year without any increase in benefits. This year was the first without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation started in 1975.
Rhode Island took the brunt of this week's floods, and the state will look to federal aid, along with flood insurance, to cover much of the worst damage.