What We're Following This Afternoon

Obama outlines actions on gun control: “Every year, 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns,” the president said, as he outlined his action to expand background checks for some purchases and increase enforcement of gun regulations. The president will discuss his executive actions Thursday at a town hall-style meeting in Fairfax, Virginia. Update: More here

U.S. casualties in Afghanistan: The Pentagon says an American service member is dead and two others wounded in operations near Marjah, Helmand Province. NBC reported that a U.S. medevac chopper called in to recover casualties also came under mortar and small-arms fire.

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Assaults on women in Germany: German authorities say a mob of young men sexually assaulted and harassed women outside Cologne’s main train station on New Year’s Eve. More than 90 people have filed complaints about the attacks, which police attributed to young men “who appeared to have a North African or Arabic” background. Justice Minister Heiko Maas has warned against linking the incidents to the recent influx of migrants and refugees into the country.

Our headlines from the morning are here.