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Posted at 8:45 AM ET, 01/13/2011

Peter Fonda, Obama's speech, foreclosed houses and rain

By Melissa Bell
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Daniel Hernandez, the University of Arizona student who helped Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when she was shot, President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Mark Kelly, Giffords's husband, attend a memorial service for the Tucson victims. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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National news: Obama's speech

The memorial held last night in Tucson seems to be a rousing success by all accounts; even conservative Pat Buchanan weighed in with compliments. As well as sharing the news that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes, Obama told the nation:

Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.

Watch the full speech here.


National news: Home front

One million homes were repossessed last year. One million. NPR reports the number could be even higher in 2011 -- possibly around 1.2 million homes -- and that the housing market might not recover until 2013. The possible result: cheaper houses as foreclosed homes are sold at discounted prices and little construction as few developers will want to wade into the depressed market.


Random news: Peter Fonda discovers a dead body

That's really the entire news story. The actor and brother of Jane Fonda came across a body in a car on Sunset Boulevard and reported it to the police. It's a sad tale that likely occurs often, only this time it's got the Hollywood glitz added to it that gets everyone talking.


World news: Australia and Brazil hit by heavy rains

Australia still reels from the heavy rains that have flooded towns, killed more than a dozen people and wreaked havoc on the state of Queensland. Brazil, meanwhile, deals with a heavy rainfall that's led to horrific mudslides, killing at least 350 people.


World news: 2010 ties 2005 for hottest year

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced, in recorded weather history, 2010 ties with 2005 for the hottest years ever. The global temperature has shown a marked increase. As Ezra Klein writes, "Global temperatures have topped the 20th century's average for 34 straight years."


By Melissa Bell  | January 13, 2011; 8:45 AM ET
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Peter Fonda is Jane Fonda's brother, not her father. You have it right in the main story but not in the blogPost.

Posted by: jmarcell | January 13, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, jmarcell! I'm fixing now.

Posted by: Melissa Bell | January 13, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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