Sales grow as Powerball jackpot soars to $800 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With Powerball sales breaking previous records, the odds are growing that someone will win Saturday night's $800 million jackpot — but if no one matches all the numbers, the next drawing is expected to soar past $1 billion.

  • Written by SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press

In final State of Union, Obama aims to define his presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Out of time to push a new legislative agenda, President Barack Obama will look past Congress and to the American people in his final State of the Union address, aiming to define his presidency and his legacy before others can do it for him.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Koreas slide into Cold War standoff after nuke test by North

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea trumpets a hydrogen bomb test. South Korea responds by cranking up blasts of harsh propaganda from giant green speakers aimed across the world's most dangerous border. Now Pyongyang warns of war, even as it reportedly has started its own broadcasts.

  • Written by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press, KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press