State of the Union: In his State of the Union address, President Obama warned of growing disparities between the rich and everyone else in America and outlined a series of steps that he believes will reinforce the tentative economic recovery, including proposals to eliminate tax incentives for companies to move jobs overseas, to make college more affordable and to expand help for credit-worthy homeowners looking to refinance mortgages at historically low interest rates, The Washington Post reports.
On Trial: Texas financier Allen Stanford used lies and bribes to steal the hard-earned savings of his customers, prosecutors said on Tuesday during the opening of his trial in Houston, Reuters reports.
Hostage Rescue: U.S. special forces swooped into Somalia in a pair of helicopters in a daring overnight raid to rescue two kidnapped aid workers -- an American and a Dane -- and killed several gunmen in the operation, CNN reports.
Gay Marriage: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said he would veto a bill legalizing same-sex marriage if the legislature passes it, and he challenged the State Legislature instead to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide, The New York Times reports.
Hostile Bid: Roche Holding AG offered about $5.7 billion in cash for Illumina Inc. to bolster cancer-drug sales, the third time since 2007 the Swiss drugmaker has made a hostile bid for a U.S. company, Bloomberg reports.