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January 28, 2014

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NSA SURVEILLANCE

WASHINGTON — The government is quietly funding research to prevent eavesdroppers from seeing who the U.S. is spying on, even as the Obama administration considers ending the storage of millions of phone records by the National Security Agency, The Associated Press has learned. By Stephen Braun.

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— NSA SURVEILLANCE-COMPANIES — U.S. reaches deal with Internet companies on requests to reveal demands for customer information.

OBAMA-STATE OF THE UNION

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday will likely jettison the bold legislative agenda he laid out a year ago and focus on what he can get done through his own executive powers, sidestepping the divided Congress. By Steven R. Hurst.

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UNITED STATES-SRI LANKA

WASHINGTON — The United States says it will sponsor a resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council that Sri Lanka is worried could call for an international investigation into allegations of war crimes during the island nation’s civil conflict. By Matthew Pennington.

MEXICO-VIGILANTES

MEXICO CITY — “Self-defense” groups confronting a drug cartel in a violent western state have agreed to join government law enforcement forces after months of firefights with gang members, many times as federal police and troops stood by. By E. Eduardo Castillo and Mark Stevenson.

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DEATH PENALTY-OHIO

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate whose slow, gasping execution with a new drug combination renewed questions about the death penalty was temporarily suspended last week while officials investigated whether he had coached the condemned man to fake symptoms of suffocation. By Julie Carr Smyth.

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WORLD COURT-PERU-CHILE

LIMA, Peru — The United Nations’ highest court sets a maritime boundary between Chile and Peru that grants Peruvians a bigger piece of the Pacific Ocean while keeping rich coastal fishing grounds in the hands of Chilean industry. By Frank Bajak and Mike Corder.

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CUBA-LATAM SUMMIT

HAVANA — Foreign ministers from 33 Latin American and Caribbean nations meet in the Cuban capital for a summit of Western Hemisphere countries minus the United States and Canada. By Peter Orsi and Andrea Rodriguez.

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With: Cuba-OAS, Cuba-Mariel’s Makeover.

CARIBBEAN-CRUISE SHIP OUTBREAK

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A Royal Caribbean cruise ship heads back to its home port in the U.S. after hundreds of passengers and crew members fell ill with vomiting and diarrhea during what was supposed to be a 10-day getaway in the sun. By David McFadden.

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HONDURAS-POLITICS

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez is sworn in as president after a speech in which he urges the U.S. to continue support for Honduras’ counter-narcotics operations and promises an iron-fist approach on crime. By Freddy Cuevas and Alberto Arce.

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BUSINESS:

EARNS-APPLE

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s going to take more than brisk sales of the iPhone and iPad to convince investors that Apple still has the magic touch. Wall Street’s nagging doubts about Apple’s further growth prospects were magnified late Monday with the release of the company’s results for a three-month period that encompassed the holiday shopping season. By Michael Liedtke.

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GOOGLE GLASS-PRESCRIPTION

NEW YORK — Google Glass is getting glasses. Google is adding prescription frames and new styles of detachable sunglasses to its computerized, Internet-connected goggles known as Glass. By Barbara Ortutay.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

MUSIC-GRAMMYS

LOS ANGELES — Everyone felt sorry for Kendrick Lamar after the dazzling young rapper was shut out at the Grammy Awards — even Macklemore, the guy who beat him head-to-head in several categories. By Chris Talbott.

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SPORTS:

WCUP-PARREIRA

SAO PAULO — Brazil assistant coach and former world champion Carlos Alberto Parreira says it’s “a joke” that the Brazilian government took so long to start working on some of the infrastructure projects needed for the World Cup. By Tales Azzoni.

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