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Obama to revive populist message

Reviving his populist re-election message, President Obama will press a politically divided Congress to approve more tax increases and fewer spending cuts during a State of the Union address focused on stabilizing the middle class and repairing the economy.

The agenda Obama will outline tonight before a joint session of Congress will include more money for infrastructure, clean energy technologies and manufacturing jobs, as well as expanding access to early childhood education.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama would outline “his plan to create jobs and grow the middle class.”

Syria

Rebels control water, electricity supplies

Syrian rebels scored one of their biggest victories yesterday since the country’s crisis began two years ago, capturing the nation’s largest dam and iconic industrial symbol of the Assad family’s four-decade rule.

Rebels led by the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jabhat al-Nusra now control much of the water flow in the country’s north and east, eliciting warnings from experts that any mistake in managing the dam may drown wide areas in Syria and Iraq.

A Syrian government official denied it, but amateur video released by activists showed gunmen walking around the facility’s operations rooms and employees apparently carrying on with their work as usual.

California

Fugitive ex-cop charged with murder

A fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer was charged yesterday with murdering a Riverside officer in a potential death penalty case, but hundreds of tips triggered by a $1 million reward failed to end the manhunt.

Christopher Dorner was also charged with the attempted murder of another Riverside officer and two Los Angeles Police Department officers, Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach said.

Montana

TV viewers warned of zombie apocalypse

A Montana television station’s regular programming was interrupted by news of a zombie apocalypse.

The Montana Television Network says hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System. KRTV said on its website the hackers broadcast that “dead bodies are rising from their graves” in several counties.

The network says there is no emergency and its engineers are investigating.

The Associated Press

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