Tuesday, January 29 in the news.....
- President George W. Bush sought to calm Americans' fears about the troubled economy in his State of the Union address Monday. The President had been practicing the speech all weekend, a spokesman said, an intern later noting to a reporter in the press corps how the President ducked his head out the Oval Office to ask her where he was supposed to calm the fears.
- President Vladimir Putin's chosen successor, Dmitry Medvedev, has refused to meet his rivals for the presidency in live television debates ahead of the March 2 election. His opponents denounced his decision as unfair, which confused Medvedev, reportedly telling a confidant that remaining alive is very fair.
- A missile destroyed a suspected militant hideout in volatile northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 12 people, officials said. In Pakistan, suspected militant hideout is another term for local mosque.
- Some of the worst winter weather to hit southern China in decades took 25 more lives Tuesday when a bus plunged off an icy road. This was in line with China's 'one bus off an icy road in winter' population control policy.
- US Senator Edward Kennedy, a Democratic icon and a leading liberal voice, endorsed Barack Obama on Monday for the party's presidential nomination, he also endorsed a few brands of cream whip and a bakery in his home town.