Obama makes pledge to Germany...Obama calls 2014 a breakthrough year for the US... Rodman in rehab

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Associated Press

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 19 at 9:01 AM

BERLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to repair the damage to U.S. relations with Germany and other countries following reports that the National Security Agency monitored communications of European citizens and even listened in on Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone. He tells Germany's ZDF television that he will not allow U.S. spying to damage relations with its allies.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says 2014 can be a breakthrough year for America. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the U.S. is primed to bring back jobs lost in the recession or to overseas competitors but to do it the nation must act to create good-paying jobs and increase economic opportunity. In the Republican address, Congressman Marlin Stutzman focuses on Obama's call for extension of jobless benefits. Stutzman says Democrats want to make it easier to be jobless. .

UNDATED (AP) — Dennis Rodman is in rehab. His agent says he's checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism. The former NBA star recently returned from his latest trip to North Korea where he organized an exhibition game. He apologized for comments he made about a detained American missionary, saying he'd been drinking. His agent says Rodman "is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused."

UNDATED (AP) — "American Hustle" is the big winner at the Screen Actors Guild. The film won the award for outstanding cast, boosting its already strong Academy Awards prospects. Other winners in the film category include Matthew McConaughey as best actor for "Dallas Buyers Club." Cate Blanchett won best actress for "Blue Jasmine." Jared Leto was voted best supporting actor for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Lupita Nyong'o won best supporting actress in"12 Years a Slave."

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Though they're not considered legally married in Utah, several gay and lesbian couples were feted with a wedding celebration as part of HBO's promotion of its upcoming documentary on gay marriage, "The Case Against 8." The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. It chronicles two gay couples battling against California's Proposition 8 that banned gay marriage. The ban was declared unconstitutional The couples at the center of the legal fight were at the Park City event.

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