State of Union address scheduled for Jan. 25
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Obama will deliver the State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 25, his first opportunity to address the full assembly of lawmakers under the new divided government.
House Speaker John A. Boehner sent a letter to Obama on Tuesday inviting him to speak in two weeks. The White House promptly accepted.
The address lays out the president's agenda for the year, charting a course for domestic and foreign policy. This year's address is being closely watched for signs of how far Obama will go to work with Republicans, particularly on economic policies and on efforts to reduce the nation's long-term debt.
In a letter to Obama, Boehner acknowledged last weekend's Arizona shooting that left six dead and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was critically wounded.
"Even in the wake of tragedy," Boehner wrote, "we must never waver from our obligation to carry out their will and provide solutions to keep moving our nation forward."
Dancer faces charges in ex-girlfriend's death
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Prosecutors filed murder and other charges against a Las Vegas dancer accused of strangling his former girlfriend, sawing off her legs and covering her body with concrete, according to a criminal complaint released Tuesday.
Jason Griffith, 32, is due in court today for an arraignment and probable-cause hearing on charges of murder, battery domestic violence and destroying evidence in the strangulation of 31-year-old Debora Flores Narvaez.
A coroner's report found that Flores Narvaez, a burlesque dancer, was asphyxiated before she was encased in the concrete. Her death was ruled a homicide, Clark County Assistant Coroner John Fudenberg said.
Flores Narvaez's dismembered body was found early Saturday in two plastic tubs in a downtown Las Vegas home. She had been reported missing Dec. 14.
Griffith was arrested Saturday as he was leaving his job at the Cirque du Soleil show "Love" at the Mirage hotel and casino.
Flores Narvaez danced in the burlesque show "Fantasy" at the Luxor hotel and casino.
Celebration opens new Dali museum
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- For a few hours Tuesday, this Florida city was transformed into a Surrealist canvas in honor of Salvador Dali, the genre's master.
A man wearing a large snail hat led a parade of drummers, who were followed by a phalanx of pirates past shimmering water and vibrant palm trees. Wild green parakeets fluttered in the air. Spanish royalty was on hand, as were several mayors, dozens of reporters and hundreds of art lovers.
Everyone gathered beneath a glass-and-concrete building -- the new, $36 million museum that features a priceless collection of Dali's works.
It replaces the old Dali Museum, more than doubling the exhibition space and improving hurricane protection. It is considered the world's most comprehensive collection of Dali's work.
The museum's signature architectural detail is a wave of glass paneling that undulates around the building -- a striking feature that was designed by architect Yann Weymouth, who had a hand in creating the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris.