A group reportedly trying to help orphaned Haitian children was arrested on charges of child trafficking. 10 Americans were arrested for attempting to take 33 children across Haiti’s border. The children had no documentation, ABC.
U.S. President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address on Wednesday night in front of both houses of Congress. He called for Congress to work together to pass meaningful legislation. He also pledged to create more jobs. Full text of the address, New York Times.
Reclusive novelist J.D. Salinger died this week. Salinger wrote the groundbreaking novel “The Catcher in the Rye” about the disaffected teenager Holden Caulfield, New York Times.
American historian Howard Zinn also died this week. Zinn wrote the alternative history textbook, “A People’s History of the United States” which looked at American history through the lens of disenfranchised groups who fought to be included in American democracy, New York Times.
Iran says they will no longer allow the EU to take part in talks about the Iranian nuclear program. Iran blames European countries for helping to cause unrest in the country after the controversial June 12th election results. Numerous EU countries are considering withdrawing their ambassadors from the country, BBC News.
The Organization of American States (OAS) has pledged support for the ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. The OAS says they will give coup leaders, who overthrew the president and took control of the government, 72 hours to reinstate Zelaya before they expel the country from the group, NPR.
Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden has died at the age of 97. Malden was known for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and Gypsy, among others, CNN.
American author J.D. Salinger has won a lawsuit against a Swedish author attempting to publish what Salinger felt was a “The Catcher in the Rye” rip-off, entitled “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye.” Salinger, who has stayed almost entirely out of the public eye for the last few decades, was not present at the hearing, Reuters.
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