President Barack Obama gave his 8th and final State of the Union address, and attacked the Republicans running for president numerous times, saying anyone who said America’s economy was in decline was “peddling fiction”. He went on to say, “The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close.”
Overall, the speech took 58 minutes 44 seconds, the second shortest of his speeches. Among the guests present were presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul, a community college student and the CEO of Microsoft. It was also Paul Ryan’s first State of the Union address as Speaker of the House.
David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, has died aged 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. Throughout his 49-year career, Bowie released 25 albums, with the most recent being released on his birthday, just last Friday. The album contained clues of the cancer he had kept secret and was intended as a “parting gift” for his fans, his producer confirmed.
David Bowie was famous for his changing music style and appearance, and for his eccentric alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Among his biggest hits were “Fame”, “Space Oddity”, “Let’s Dance”, and “Under Pressure” with Queen. Tributes quickly poured in, ranging from Elton John and Mick Jagger to the Vatican.
35 year-old American Ashely Ann Olson was found murdered in her apartment in Florence, Italy by her Italian boyfriend. Weeks earlier, she had posted pictures of herself from afar on Instagram with hashtags like #stalker #creeperintheback #f***off and #creeper. It is unknown how she got the pictures or whether it was a joke or not.
There has been fear in Italy that the case will turn into a legal nightmare similar to Amanda Knox’s case in the murder of Meredith Kercher. Police said they cannot confirm that Olson was strangled until an autopsy is performed, but they did confirm that her boyfriend found her with bruises and scratches on her neck.
After being arrested yesterday, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been returned to the same prison he escaped from 6 months ago. The jail in Altiplano was considered to be the most secure in Mexico until his escape. Mexican authorities have confirmed that El Chapo will be extradited to the US to face drug trafficking charges there.
This is a complete reversal, since Mexico had refused the US’s request in June, before El Chapo’s escape. The legal process is likely to be lengthy and El Chapo’s attorney has already said he will fight it every step of the way. If El Chapo is extradited, he will likely face life in prison with no chance of parole.