MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –  From the bitter cold gripping the state of Minnesota to the bombing in Istanbul that left 10 dead, here is a look at the top four stories for Jan. 12, 2016.

Bitter Cold Hits Minnesota

Tuesday marks the fourth day below zero in Minnesota.

After a mild December, some are unprepared for the subzero temps and high wind chills. As temperatures continue to drop the Salvation Army is opening up warming centers as a refuge from the cold.

Conditions are expected to improve by Wednesday afternoon.

Blast Rocks Central Istanbul

At least 10 people were killed, and 15 others were hurt, in a blast that struck Turkey Tuesday morning.

Officials said it appeared to be a suicide bombing, and ISIS may be to blame. The Deputy Prime Minister said the bomber who carried out the attack is a 28-year-old Syrian National.

In the past year, Turkey has been hit by a number of attacks including two suicide bombers detonating bombs outside a train station that killed 100 people in October.

President Obama To Give His Final SOTU

President Obama will deliver his seventh and final State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The president is expected to speak bluntly about the nation’s challenges and opportunities, and push for reforms to the country’s crowded prison system.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will offer this year’s Republican response.

Are Pennies And Nickels Worth It?

It costs the federal government a pretty penny to make nickels and pennies. So the big question is: are those jingling coins worth it?

The Government Accountability Office said it costs about 1.7 cents to make the $0.01 penny. And it cost about $0.08 to make a $0.05 nickel.

The government blames rising metal prices for the costs to mint the somewhat useless change.

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