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Top Stories: Oil Salvage Begins In Italy Liner Crash; Paterno Is Mourned

Good morning!

Our early posts:

-- Gulf Arab States Pull Monitors From Syria, Will Ask UN For Support

-- Scorsese's 'Hugo' Leads The Oscars With 11 Nominations

-- Obama Adviser Plouffe: Expect A State Of The Union Heavy On The Economy

-- Mitt Romney's Tax Returns Show $43 Million Income In Past Two Years

Other stories making headlines:

-- Costa Concordia: oil salvage operation under way ( The Telegraph)

-- Team arrives to start public events at Penn State in farewell to coach Joe Paterno ( The Washington Post)

-- Secret tapes of JFK's last days released ( MSNBC)

-- McDonald's 4th-quarter profit beats on December sales strength ( Reuters)

-- 'Super PAC' for Gingrich to Get $5 Million Infusion ( The New York Times)

-- After solar flare, massive storm speeds Earthward ( The Christian Science Monitor)

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Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.