National- A man in Washington deliberately set fire to his home, killing himself and his two sons.  Josh Powell was the lone suspect in the 2009 disappearance of his wife, Susan Powell.  He sent emails to his attorney, family and friends saying he was sorry and goodbye.  Powell also stated, “he couldn’t live with what was going on,” according to a spokesman for the sheriff’s department. 

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State- Governor Cuomo granted the Inspector General’s office the ability to look at the tax returns of state employees and potentially, any other filers whose confidential data is considered “relevant.”  This will assist them in investigating tax fraud.  A list of employees from the IG’s office were named on a memo two weeks ago that permits those appointees the right to “inspect state tax returns and state tax return information.” 
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Health- Nearly 500 cases of Norovirus have been reported on two Florida-based cruise ships.  The cases have been reported on the Ruby Princess and Crown Princess ships.  Princess Cruises are working with investigators to find the cause.  Norovirus causes multiple symptoms, most similar to a stomach bug.  It can spread through contaminated food, water or contaminated surfaces.

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Cohoes- A fire killed a 70-year old woman over the weekend.  Investigators believe she died in her sleep while smoking in her living room.  Firefighters were called to the home at 570 Saratoga Street around 11:30pm where they found Beverly Redcross on the floor halfway between the front and back doors of the home.    

Colonie- Police have identified a man who died over the weekend in a car accident on Old Niskayuna Road.  22-year old Christopher Miller of Loudonville was driving near Hills Road Saturday night when his car left the road and struck a tree about 8:25pm.  There were no passengers in the car.  Speed appears to be a factor in the crash while an investigation is ongoing.

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Italy- Underwater operations surrounding the Costa Concordia will continue in an effort to remove tons of oil from the ship’s tanks.  Days of stormy weather have prevented workers from gaining any ground.  Meanwhile, divers’ search for the bodies of 15 people still missing has been suspended due to choppy water conditions.  At least 17 people have been confirmed dead from the January 13th incident.