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‘Anemic’ growth: The U.S. economy grew by just 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, a disappointing figure. That’s only slightly weaker than the expected 0.8 percent, but comes amid fears that the world economy is slowing. The good news: An unexpected interest-rate cut in Japan has sent U.S. stocks up, a welcome rise to cap off a rough month.

Close encounters of the military kind: In two separate cases, American geopolitical rivals played chicken with U.S. armed forces in recent days. In one case, a Russian fighter flew within an incredible 15 feet of an Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Black Sea on January 25. In another, an Iranian drone flew over the USS Harry Truman in the Persian Gulf on January 12.

Bad Teacher, Volume 2: Police in Orange County believe an English teacher may have aided the jailbreak of three men from a maximum-security facility this week. Nooshafarin Ravaghi, who taught at the jail, was arrested this week.

Coming up for air: Four Chinese miners have been rescued after 36 days trapped in a mine. Adam has more.

News from the morning here.

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