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Official: Freed Americans land in Germany for a check-up...Rocket makes hard landing after launching satellite...Democrats debate tonight

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UNDATED (AP) — Three Americans released by Iran have arrived in Germany, where they're to be checked out at a U.S. military hospital. That's according to a U.S. State Department official speaking on condition of anonymity. There's no word on how long the three will remain in Germany or when they might return to the U.S. They were flown from Iran to Geneva earlier today aboard a Swiss air force plane.

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — The Coast Guard says there are no plans to call off or suspend the search for 12 Marines missing since Thursday night, when two helicopters crashed off Hawaii. The search has been complicated by high surf. And last night, searchers were forced to alter their search patterns after someone pointed a green laser at a Coast Guard plane.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been a successful launch for an ocean-monitoring satellite, but not such a successful landing for the rocket that put it into orbit. SpaceX says the first stage of the rocket came down hard while trying to land on a barge off San Diego and broke a support leg. That's a blow to the California-based company's plan to reduce launch costs by reusing rockets rather than having them fall into the ocean.

CHICAGO (AP) — An arctic air mass is causing water pipes to freeze in Minnesota and leading officials in Chicago to ask residents to check on neighbors. Temperatures in parts of Illinois fell into the single digits, and the National Weather Service warned wind-chill numbers could drop to near 30 below zero overnight. The blast of bitter cold is moving east across across the Northern Plains and Great Lakes.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Democratic presidential candidates meet tonight in Charleston, South Carolina for a debate two weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Gun control is likely to be a topic as Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley share a stage just a few blocks from the church where nine parishioners were killed during Bible study last summer.

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