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Fire destroys luxury apartment complex in New Jersey

A large fire has consumed a luxury apartment complex in the US state of New Jersey causing an estimated 400 people to be evacuated, NBC News reports.

The Avalon on the Hudson apartment complex is situated next to the Hudson River opposite Manhattan, New York.

Flames engulf the Avalon apartment complex in New Jersey Credit: EBU
The flames tore through several storeys of the apartment complex Credit: EBU
Aerial photo showing the fire Credit: EBU

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Barack Obama to deliver State of the Union address

US President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address in a few hours to lay out his agenda for his final two years in office.

President Obama will speak from the US Capitol Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

In excerpts of his speech released to the press, President Obama says that the US must "turn the page" after years of recession and war.

He is also expected to call for Congress to authorise military force against Islamic State and to pass legislation protecting the US from cyber attacks.

The address begins just after 2am UK time.

5-year-old shoots baby brother dead while playing with handgun

A 5-year-old boy has shot and killed his 9-month-old brother while playing with a loaded handgun in Missouri, the Associated Press is reporting.

The shooting happened in Elmo in Missouri. Credit: Google Maps

Local paper the Kansas City Star reports that emergency crews were called after the 5-year-old found a loaded .22 caliber handgun and was apparently handling it when it fired.

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