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UNDATED (AP) — The Midwest is getting pelted by heavy rain, snow and ice from the same storm system that spawned deadly tornadoes in the Dallas area over the weekend. Several inches of rain have caused flooding in Illinois as well as in Missouri, where Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency. The storm has led to more than 2,000 flight cancellations, most of them at Chicago airports.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Though they weren't indicted, two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old may still face disciplinary action from their police department. Cleveland's mayor says an administrative review of the killing will continue. The two officers have been on restricted duty since the 2014 incident. The officer who fired the deadly shots said he feared for his life when he saw Tamir Rice pulling what turned out to be a pellet gun from his waistband.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces are making gains in Ramadi, the provincial capital that was seized by Islamic State militants in May. Military officials say Iraqi troops backed by U.S.-led air strikes have driven the militants out of the center of the city and taken the main government complex. The head of military operations in Anbar says about thirty percent of the city remains under IS control.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House will soon take another step toward its goal of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. Next week, the first of 17 detainees scheduled to be released from the detention center in January will be transferred. That'll leave 90 prisoners at Guantanamo, with 31 eligible for transfer. Three of those who have not been cleared for transfer will go before a review board that will reassess their status.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon bakery owners who denied service to a same-sex couple have paid $135,000 in state-ordered damages — after refusing to do so for nearly six months. The Bureau of Labor and Industries says Aaron Klein, co-owner of the Portland-area bakery, dropped off a check Monday for $136,927.07. That includes accrued interest. Klein also paid $7,000 earlier this month.

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