5 things to know for January 25: Shutdown, bank massacre, Venezuela, cruise ship air

(CNN)The FBI arrested longtime Trump associate Roger Stone early this morning in Florida. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) Welcome to Day 35 of the partial government shutdown. It’s also the day the 800,000 federal employees affected by it get a second paycheck that reads $0.00. (Hey, Wilbur Ross, that’s why furloughed workers are going to food banks.) Are the nation’s leaders any closer to ending it? Maybe. There’s talk the Trump administration might get behind a three-week stopgap funding bill to reopen the government while the White House and Congress hash …

What LA teachers won with their strike — and why some parents aren’t thrilled

(CNN)Thousands of Los Angeles teachers returned to classrooms Wednesday after their six-day strike reaped an array of wins. Still, most of the 34,000 members of the United Teachers Los Angeles union were satisfied with a deal struck between UTLA leaders and the Los Angeles Unified School District. “We also have commitments from the state and county, such as the $10 million approved by the (Los Angeles County) Board of Supervisors for mental health.” The district could help fund the deal with: — A state tax referendum on the 2020 ballot, which could generate $1.4 billion for Los Angeles-area schools — A parcel tax at the county level, which would need approval from a majority of the district’s voters — City …

Killer nabbed by chewed gum and a water bottle apologizes for murdering a teacher as he heads to prison for life

(CNN)Christy Mirack’s brother had one critical question left this week for his sister’s killer. Then, thanks to a piece of gum and a water bottle, authorities identified suspect Raymond Rowe, a disc jockey known locally as “DJ Freez.” Rowe, 50, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder, rape and related counts in Mirack’s killing, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office. Rowe’s attorney said her client has admitted he murdered Christy Mirack, the prosecutor reported. “The person standing beside me has admitted his guilt,” Patricia Spotts said. Rowe’s guilty plea includes a sentence of life without the possibility of parole with a consecutive prison term of 60 to 120 years, the district attorney said. In accepting it, Rowe turned Tuesday …