West Virginia Water Crisis: Allegedly nearing its end. ("Over the weekend, tests showed that levels of the licorice-smelling chemical used in coal processing were consistently below a toxic threshold, and in some samples, there was no trace of the chemical at all," reports the AP.)
Bad Food, Bad Man: "A Bellevue fast food entrepreneur caught collecting Social Security benefits meant for his dead mother faces six months in jail," reports Levi Pulkkinen at Seattlepi.com. "Taco Bell franchise owner of Raymond C. O’Dell stole nearly $200,000 in benefits by hiding his mother’s death from the government for 23 years."
Hold on to Your Phones: "A man from Minnesota died after he fell into the Chicago River early Monday, when he dropped his cell phone in the water and lunged after it," reports CBS. "Another man was hospitalized, and a woman was missing and presumed dead, after they went into the water to try to rescue him."
Bangkok Shutdown: "Protesters are blocking roads in parts of the Thai capital, Bangkok, in a bid to oust the government before snap elections on 2 February," reports the BBC.