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NORTHFIELD CENTER, Ohio (AP) — Neighbors say they heard a blast and then saw flames shooting from a nearby home in northeast Ohio. Authorities say a family of four was killed last night in the house explosion in Northfield Center Township in Summit County. When firefighters arrived, they found the bodies of the mother and her two daughters, ages 8 and 12, on the first floor. The father's body was found near the back of the house. The family's dog escaped. There's no word on what caused the blast.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama isn't going quietly as he delivers his final State of the Union address tonight. For those who won't be tuning in for the television broadcast, the White House has rolled out an array of social media programming. Obama's aides already have taken to Snapchat to share behind-the-scenes images and videos of the debate prep. And the speech will also be available on YouTube, where on Friday three YouTube celebrities will quiz the president live from the East Room.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official is describing the dramatic release of a Canadian man the Taliban had held for more than five years. The official says a helicopter landed to scoop up Colin Rutherford as fighter jets flew overhead in a remote district of Afghanistan. Rutherford, now in his late 20s, was released Monday morning in Ghazni province. He was abducted while a tourist. His current whereabouts aren't clear.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Former Afghan Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl is expected to appear in a military court today for a pre-trial hearing. The Army sergeant who was held by the Taliban for five years faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after walking away from his outpost in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was freed in a prisoner swap.

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish media are reporting an explosion in Istanbul. The private Dogan news agency says the blast happened today in the city's historic Sultanahmet district. The cause of the explosion isn't known. There are reports of several injuries.

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