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Here's a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Jan. 22, 2015.

 Japan scrambling to free hostages held by Islamic State

With a deadline of Friday looming, officials in Japan are working to free two Japanese citizens taken hostage by the Islamic State militant group. IS asked for $200 million in a video released Tuesday.

[Read more from The Associated Press]

Federal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown unlikely

Lawyers with the U.S. Justice Department will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown last summer.

[Read more from the New York Times]

 Drug-carrying drone crashes near US-Mexico border

A drone carrying more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine crashed into a parking lot, located near a border crossing between Mexico and California.

[Read more from CBS News]

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Vandals target longstanding Duluth soup kitchen, transitional housing site

Union Gospel Mission has been operating in the city since 1922.

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I-94 closed westbound after 'serious crash' in St. Michael

That side of the highway is expected to be closed for at least a few hours.

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The crazy Twin Cities housing market is showing signs of slowing down

Agents are seeing fewer multiple offers and no inspections are less prevalent.

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Simmons' reunion with 76ers lasts mere days, chance for Wolves?

Woj says the Sixers remain "steadfast" in their plans for Simmons.

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Sub teacher involved in 'sextortion' of more than 10 minors pleads guilty

Some of the minors he knew from the school district where he worked.

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The Ice Castles, a winter favorite, are coming back to the Twin Cities

The popular attraction was canceled last winter due to COVID.

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4 new vendors coming to Rosedale's POTLUCK food hall

Three restaurants and a VR company are opening soon.

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Enbridge misses deadline to fix its groundwater blunder

The company had 30 days to stop the leak it caused by not following its submitted plans.

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Beach Boys bringing 2021 holiday tour to Minnesota

The iconic band's "Holiday Harmonies" tour stops at Treasure Island just before the new year.

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MN, WI attorneys general push SCOTUS to block to Texas abortion law

They say the law is in "direct contravention of nearly a half century of binding precedent."

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