UNDATED (AP) — The publisher of The Washington Post says he "couldn't be happier" to hear that Jason Rezaian (reh-ZY'-ahn) has been released from prison in Iran. Frederick J. Ryan Jr. says he'll have more to say once he has more details and can confirm that the Washington Post reporter has safely left Iran. Rezaian had been held more than 543 days on espionage and related charges. He is among four Americans being released in exchange for seven Iranians held or charged in the U.S. A fifth American was freed separately.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Virginia man who was allegedly attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and a man accused of helping him have been arrested. The Department of Justice says 28-year-old Joseph Hassan Farrokh was arrested yesterday at the airport in Richmond, Virginia. Officials also arrested 25-year-old Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, who they say drove Farrokh to Richmond. Both men are from Woodbridge, Virginia.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former prosecutor is expected to testify that he promised Bill Cosby would never be charged over a Pennsylvania sex-assault complaint, but a judge must decide if that constitutes an immunity deal. Then-District Attorney Bruce Castor will be a key defense witness at a Feb. 2 hearing to determine if the case is thrown out. The defense argues that prosecutors who arrested Cosby last month unfairly used his deposition testimony from the accuser's 2005 lawsuit against him. The new district attorney says there's no evidence of a signed immunity agreement.
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly two dozen Chicago Police Department employees have been called to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the 2014 death of a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer. That's according to records released to the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. Among them are four officers whose initial accounts of the confrontation conflict with squad car video.
UNDATED (AP) —The NFL playoffs resume today. First up this afternoon is the AFC Divisional playoff between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City chiefs in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Tonight the Arizona Cardinals host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC game. Tomorrow's contests feature Seattle at Carolina followed by Pittsburgh at Denver.