5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: Joe Biden and Barack Obama.

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. State of the Union Address
President Barack Obama to set the tone for his sixth year in office today with the State of The Union Address. The focus, outlined a month ago by the President, will involve making sure our economy works for every working American. The president will call for a higher federal minimum wage, new efforts to boost manufacturing jobs, immigration reform, and economic growth.

2. Folk Singer and Activist Pete Seeger Dead at 94
Legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger has died at age 94. Born in 1919, Seeger was active as a musician from the 1930s to the present, with his music becoming a part of our culture. Seeger wrote hundreds of songs, performed by many of the greats in American Folk Music.

3. A Little (Angry) Bird Told the NSA What You’re Up To
You may not think that the NSA would care about the games you play on your smartphone, but a new batch of documents from the spy agency suggest otherwise.

4. Knox Confides in Ryan Ferguson, Who Was Wrongly Convicted of Murder
Amanda Knox has confided to Ryan Ferguson, who spent 10 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, that she is hopeful that “justice will prevail” when an Italian jury renders yet another verdict on her this week.

5. What Willie Wonka Will Be Brushing With
Crest is releasing a new, chocolate-flavored toothpaste, Mint Chocolate Trek ($4.99), which will hit stores the first week of February.

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