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IN HEADLINES TODAY: Tahrir Square anniversary; Obama, Republicans campaign

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 7:30 p.m. CST

Here are some of today's top stories in Missouri and around the world from the Associated Press:

Egypt | Anniversary of Tahrir Square revolution

Islamists and secularists occupied Cairo's Tahrir Square today to mark the one-year anniversary of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak. Secular activists demanded an end to the country's military rule, led by Mubarak's former defense minister of 20 years. Islamists gathered to show their support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the dominant political force to emerge in Egypt's most recent elections. Military and police officers were noticeably absent from the demonstration.

Somalia | U.S. aid worker rescued

Navy SEALs rescued Jessica Buchanan, an American aid worker in Somalia, early Wednesday. Buchanan and another aid worker, Poul Hagen Thisted, of Denmark, were kidnapped by gunmen in October. SEALs killed nine kidnappers during the rescue, and Buchanan's family said she was in good health.

Politics | Obama, GOP candidates campaign

President Barack Obama made a campaign appearance in Iowa on Wednesday, following Tuesday night's final State of the Union address before the next presidential election. Gearing up for the Nov. 6 election, Obama used his Iowa speech to urge Congress to raise taxes for millionaires. Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, campaigned in Florida ahead of the state's primary Tuesday. Romney and Gingrich criticized Obama's tax proposal, saying it would depress the economy and force capital overseas.

Missouri | New bill for unaccredited schools

State lawmakers are proposing a bill which would allow quicker state intervention in schools that have lost their accreditation. As the law stands, state education officials must wait two years before taking over failing districts. The bill comes after Kansas City schools lost their accreditation in September. St. Louis Public Schools and the Riverview Gardens School District in St. Louis County lost accreditation in 2007.

'AP News Minute'

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