January 2014

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January 2014 was the first month of the current common year. It began on a Wednesday and ended after 31 days on a Friday.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from January 2014.

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  • Jamal al-Jamal, a Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic, is killed in an explosion near his home in Prague. (Reuters), (CNN)
  • Catholic priest Rev. Eric Freed was found bludgeoned to death in the rectory of his church in Eureka, California. Suspect Gary Lee Bullock was arrested, and had been jailed, hospitalized and released due to erratic behavior just before the killing. Freed was named by the Vatican as one of 22 Catholic priests and religious who were killed during 2013 Spero News Seattle PI
  • Recreational marijuana stores open in Colorado. (CNN)
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  • A bus plunges off a cliff into a 400-foot ravine in Malshej Ghat, in western India, killing at least 30 people and injuring ten others. (The Independent) (MSN)
  • The Italian navy rescues 233 migrants from an overcrowded boat at risk of sinking in rough waters in the Mediterranean Sea. The boat was spotted about 80 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. (CNN)
  • The East Coast of the United States braces itself for the first Nor'easter of the season set to bring below normal temperatures and heavy snow in places and prompting the governors of Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey to declare state emergencies. (NBC)(CNN)
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  • A winter storm hits the Northeastern United States, bringing snow to the region, affecting travel, and killing thirteen people. (NBC News)
  • A deep area of low pressure named Anne brings strong winds, high tides and coastal flooding to parts of Western England, Wales, Scotland, France and Ireland. (BBC)
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Alistair Trevitt and Lindsey Withey got married.
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  • A small jet carrying three Mexican men from Toluca crashes while trying to land at the Aspen–Pitkin County Airport in the U.S. state of Colorado, killing the co-pilot, seriously injuring the pilot and slightly injuring the passenger. (CBC)
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  • In the US Congress, a bill is introduced to restore the fast track negotiating authority, under which the president could negotiate trade agreements that Congress could not amend, but could only vote "yes" or "no" on. The bill's sponsors mentioned talks with the EU as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. (Reuters, US Senate)
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  • An explosion at an illegal gambling hall in Kaili City, China, kills fourteen people and injures seven. Police believe it was intentional and are investigating it as a crime. (CNN) (ABC News)
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  • China conducts the test of a new hypersonic missile vehicle, dubbed the "WU-14", which has top speeds of Mach 8 to Mach 12. The weapon was launched on an ICBM. (Newsmax)
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  • Yutu, China's lunar rover, suffers an unspecified "mechanical control abnormality" shortly before going dormant for the two-week-long lunar night. The solar-powered vehicle has been on the Moon since 15 December and had survived one lunar night. (Xinhua, abc.net.au)
  • Average peak concentrations of PM2.5 (fine particulate air pollution) are more than twice as great in Delhi as in Beijing during the first three weeks of the year. (New York Times)
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  • American Folk singer Pete Seeger dies at the age of 94. Barack Obama went on to say that he was "America's tuning fork" and believed in "the power of song" to help bring social change. (USA Today)
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  • The U.S. Justice Department and the Director of National Intelligence reach a preliminary joint agreement, likely resolving a lawsuit with the major American Internet provider companies (Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, and LinkedIn), about the information the companies can release to customers regarding requests by the intelligence agencies for information. (NBC)
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  • Carl Icahn announces he has purchased another bloc of the stock of Apple Inc., part of a ramping up that now has him owning Apple equity in the amount of more than $4 billion. (Reuters)
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  • Seven people are killed and 14 injured after a bus collides with a diesel tanker on the Mumbai - Ahmedabad highway in India. (NDTV)
  • National Guard troops are deployed to reach students stranded overnight on buses after ice and snow cause widespread traffic chaos in Atlanta, Georgia.(CNN)
  • The cruise ship MS Explorer of the Seas returns to port; at least 684 of the 4237 people aboard had symptoms of norovirus. (CNN, NBC)
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  • Scientists find a way to convert normal cells into stem cells, which can be used for any part of the body. Previously, the standard method of obtaining stem cells was to get them from an embryo. (The New York Times)
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  • Murder of Meredith Kercher
    • Raffaele Sollecito is arrested in Italy near the Austrian border after again being found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher. (BBC)
    • Amanda Knox tells the American media she refuses to return to Italy to be arrested after again being found guilty of the same murder. (CNN)
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