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Katie’s FYIJanuary 27, 2015Katie Couric

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Governors of at least eight states declared states of emergency last night as winter storm Juno approached... President Obama is making a quick stop in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz and other Saudi officials... A new app makes getting dressed a lot easier... And, what's the difference between an ordinary moment and an extraordinary one? These stories and more in today's FYI.

BLIZZARD HITS NORTHEAST, BUT WITHOUT THE FULL FORCE FEARED

"Tens of millions of people in the U.S. Northeast woke up Tuesday morning to snow and fierce winds, but not as severe a winter storm as initially feared. Forecasters have downgraded their earlier predictions—adding New England would fare the worst, but it wouldn't be as bad as expected…"


OBAMA LEADS US DIGNITARIES PAYING RESPECTS IN SAUDI ARABIA

"President Barack Obama is leading a high-level delegation of current and former American officials to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects following King Abdullah's death and to take measure of the kingdom's new monarch…"


U.S. SAYS RUSSIAN SPY RING SOUGHT NYSE, SANCTION SECRETS

"Three Russians charged by the U.S. with espionage allegedly sought secrets tied to the New York Stock Exchange and U.S. economic sanctions on Russia, even while one bemoaned his tedious job’s lack of a James Bond flair…"


FORMER CIA OFFICER JEFFREY STERLING CONVICTED IN LEAK CASE

"A former CIA officer who was involved in a highly secretive operation to give faulty nuclear plans to Iran was convicted Monday of providing classified information about his work to a New York Times reporter — a significant win for federal prosecutors and a presidential administration that has worked zealously to root out leakers…"


SENATE BLOCKS SWIFT PASSAGE OF KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE BILL

"Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked the Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward on Monday, but supporters of the project vowed to push ahead and eventually get a vote on the measure. The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate, voting 53 to 39 on the measure…"


DOCUMENTS SHOW N.S.A.’S MOVES ON SURVEILLANCE BEFORE CONGRESS’S APPROVAL

"A federal judge ruled in 2007 that the U.S.A. Patriot Act empowered the National Security Agency to collect foreigners’ emails and phone calls from domestic networks without prior judicial approval, newly declassified documents show…"


VEHICLE, BODIES RECOVERED IN CRAIGSLIST DISAPPEARANCE

"Two bodies, one male and one female, were recovered Monday in the case of a Marietta, Georgia, couple, who went missing after contacting a car seller on Craigslist. The bodies have not yet been identified, said Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson. He said the couple's car was also found submerged in a nearby lake…"


CUBA'S FIDEL CASTRO BREAKS SILENCE ON TIES WITH U.S. 'ADVERSARIES'

"Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country's restoration of diplomatic ties with the United States, indicating that he backs the talks even though he distrusts politics in Washington. The comments were the first by the 88-year-old revolutionary leader on the talks with the U.S.…"


SYRIAN KURDS 'DRIVE ISLAMIC STATE OUT OF KOBANE'

"Fighters from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) were said to have entered outlying areas in the east of the town after the jihadists retreated. The US said anti-IS forces were in control of 90% of the town. Kobane was seen as a major test of the US-led coalition's strategy to combat IS in Syria with air strikes…"


AFTER TURMOIL, CHURCH OF ENGLAND CONSECRATES FIRST WOMAN BISHOP

"The Church of England consecrated its first woman bishop on Monday, the culmination of years of efforts by Church modernizers to overcome opposition from traditionalists - one of whom briefly shouted a protest during the service…"


#ICYMI (AND YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT)

TOSSING OUT FOOD IN THE TRASH? IN SEATTLE, YOU'LL BE FINED FOR THAT

"In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter — well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate. The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you've violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans..."


WHAT MATTEL’S CEO DEPARTURE MEANS FOR THE FUTURE OF BARBIE

"Mattel CEO Bryan Stockton resigned Monday, capping a rotten year for the company. Should Barbie retire, too? Sales of Mattel’s iconic American doll are in free fall…"


THIS APP TELLS YOU WHAT TO WEAR — BASED ON YOUR WARDROBE AND THE WEATHER

"We've seen hundreds of apps devoted to organizing your finances or fitness. How about fashion — specifically, harnessing the power of technology to declutter your wardrobe? ClosetSpace tackles this area by combining curated outfit suggestions with the items in your own closet..."


WHEN PURSUING A GOAL MEANS IGNORING YOUR PARTNER

"Often, we find ourselves doggedly pursuing a personal goal like career advancement or a fitness goal. Could these single-minded pursuits make us less interested in working to improve and maintain our relationships?..."


THE VALUE OF REMEMBERING ORDINARY MOMENTS

"At Christmastime, my brother, my father, and our chocolate Labrador pile into the car to drive across the state of Washington to see my grandparents. We’ve been doing it since I was born. The three of us—before my brother and I put our headphones in to tune everything out—try to have meaningful conversations..."


FUN FOOTNOTE

TECH TUESDAY

Rocket-Powered Car Aims to Break Land Speed Record

"To the average person, 800 mph (1,290 km/h) might seem blisteringly fast. But for a rocket-powered car, that's pretty slow — at least to Mark Elvin, lead engineer on a project that aims to break the world land speedrecord with a supersonic car…"




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