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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tonight, President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address, and it's expected to take on an optimistic tone. White House aides say the president will call attention to his administration's successes, such as reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, re-launching diplomatic relations with Cuba and negotiating a budget deal with the Republican-led Congress. The positive recap comes despite polls that show many Americans are pessimistic, with concerns about terrorism and rapid social change.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is waging a White House campaign based on "simplistic solutions and scapegoating." Obama tells NBC's "Today" show that Trump "is putting out a message that has had adherents through history." Obama says Trump has been appealing to people's fears and uncertainty about the future.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says the suicide bomber who carried out today's attack in an Istanbul historic neighborhood was a 28-year-old Syrian national. Turkey says most of the 10 people killed were foreigners. Another 15 people were wounded. The attack happened in an area that's popular with tourists. Denmark and Germany are telling their citizens to avoid crowds outside tourist attractions in Turkey.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's government plans to ease the rules for deporting foreign criminals in the wake of the New Year's Eve assaults in Cologne. Cologne police say 553 criminal complaints have been filed with them in connection with the New Year's attacks that included groping and robbing women. Police say most of the suspects are believed to be foreigners, including at least some asylum-seekers.
LONDON (AP) — Too much sun, in Britain? It's one of the rainiest British winters on record. So some London commuters were surprised to hear today that their trains had been delayed because of the sun. The rail operator says drivers couldn't see monitors because of the low winter sun. Almost 1 million people travel to London by train every weekday.
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