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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is confirming the death of a pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group. In a statement read on Jordanian TV, a military spokesman described the pilot as a "hero" who "has fallen as a martyr." He also vowed "punishment and revenge." The statement came after an online video purportedly released by the Islamic State group appeared to show the captured pilot being burned to death.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says, if authentic, a video appearing to show Islamic State militants burning to death a Jordanian pilot proves "whatever ideology they are operating out of is bankrupt." Calling the group vicious and barbaric, Obama says the images will "redouble the vigilance and determination" of the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group. The 26-year-old Jordanian became the first pilot from the coalition to be captured by IS militants when his F-16 crashed in Syria in December.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are challenging President Barack Obama on both sides of the Capitol today. The Senate has a vote scheduled this afternoon to roll back the president's executive actions on immigration policies. A little later today, the House is expected to vote to repeal the health care program Obama signed into law five years ago. Both efforts appear likely to ultimately end in defeat for Republicans.
COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says Suge (shug) Knight has been taken to a hospital complaining of chest pains. The former rap mogul appeared in a court in Compton earlier this morning, where he pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges after hitting two men with his pickup truck last week. One of the men was killed. Knight's attorneys say he was fleeing an attack when he ran into the men.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state water board says Californians have met Gov. Jerry Brown's call to slash water use by 20 percent for the first time. A survey of local water departments shows water use fell by 22 percent in December compared to the same month in 2013. However, a rainy December likely helped. It's was unseasonably dry in January, with no measured rainfall in downtown San Francisco for the first time in recorded history.