Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. U.S. Sailors Detained by Iran Are ‘Safely Returned’
The 10 American sailors captured Tuesday after one of their vessels entered Iranian-claimed waters in the Persian Gulf have been released, officials said. Iran’s Navy chief said an investigation confirmed that the Americans drifted into Iran’s territory due to mechanical problems — echoing what the U.S. earlier said. Read more in NEWS.
2. Obama Offers Kudos, Caution in Final #SOTU Address
The president on Tuesday night had the country's microphone to himself for perhaps the final time. His annual State of the Union speech was framed around four issues that he said America must address over the next decade — concerns that he acknowledged he could not fully resolve in his tenure. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Haley Faces Conservative Backlash After GOP Response
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley impressed some Democrats and moderate Republicans with her GOP response to Obama's State of the Union on Tuesday night. But there's already backlash brewing on the conservative right over what she said. Read more in POLITICS.
4. What to Buy After You Win the Powerball
The $1.5 billion Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. ET Wednesday. Assuming you take home the largest prize in U.S. lottery history, here are more eccentric things in which to invest. Read more in BUSINESS.
5. Schools Don’t Always Benefit From Lottery Sales
Use of lottery funds varies by state, but even when states earmark money from ticket sales for education — as many advertise they do — schools don't always get a financial windfall, experts say. Read more in NEWS.
6. Armed Oregon Occupiers Plan to Explain Themselves
One of the protesters at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge announced that the group will hold a community meeting Friday to explain why they took over a federal building there and are demanding the government turn over the land to local control. Read more in NEWS.
7. St. Louis Rams Relocating to Los Angeles
NFL owners voted Tuesday night to allow the Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers will have an option to share the facility. The move ends the NFL's 21-year absence from the nation's second-largest media market. Read more at NBC LOS ANGELES.
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