Chinese President Comes to Town: With President Hu Jintao of China meeting with President Obama today, the White House will be seeking to take a more assertive stance as it greets the United States' biggest global economic rival, The New York Times reports. This week's meetings follow a series of meetings between the two countries in which the United States was represented by top cabinet officials.
Giffords Condition Continues to Improve: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat who suffered a head wound in a tragic shooting in Tuscon nine days ago, could be released from the hospital within weeks or even days as she continues to recover. The Wall Street Journal reports that her family has begun to search for a rehabilitation center for the congresswoman to continue her treatment.
Record Year for Pirates: The Associated Press reports that captured a record 1,181 hostages in 2010 — almost all of them off the Somali coast — during a year in which hijackings and attacks became more violent. Attackers seized 53 vessels worldwide in 2010, according to the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur.
Suspect Arrested in Philly Strangler Case: The arrest of a 21-year-old homeless man in the sexual assaults and strangling deaths of three women in a gritty, high-crime neighborhood of Philadelphia may provide some relief to Philadelphia residents, The Associated Press reports. Antonio Rodriguez, recently released from prison and believed to have been wandering the streets and staying in abandoned homes, was was linked by DNA to the crimes in the Kensington section of the city.