- Several hostages were taken at a Paris supermarket Friday morning, following a shootout between Paris police and an armed suspect. There's speculation, but no confirmation, that the shooter is the same suspect who killed a police officer in suburban Paris Thursday and that he has ties to the Charlie Hebdo massacre on Wednesday. Police have named two suspects connected to the situation, Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumeddiene.
- Meanwhile, the two men suspected in the Charlie Hebdo office attack are barricaded in an industrial park north of Paris and said to have taken one hostage. The men reportedly told negotiators they plan to "die as martyrs."
- The U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December, with unemployment dropping to 5.6 percent.
- New Russian road-safety violations bar anyone with "mental and behavioral disorders", including transgender people and others considered to have "sex disorders", from obtaining a driver's license.
- The Republican National Committee has green-lighted the Iowa GOP's quadrennial August straw poll; its future had been uncertain after Republican officials worried that the poll compromises the state caucuses.
- A 17-year-old Connecticut girl with Hodgkin lymphoma is being forced by state officials to undergo chemotherapy.
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