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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected today to announce changes in training the city's police officers. His office says one of the changes is requiring every police officer going out on a call to carry a Taser. The changes follow the release of video of a black man who was shot 16 times by a white police officer and the accidental fatal shooting last weekend of a woman during a domestic disturbance call.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Officials are warning residents in parts of Illinois and Missouri that hundreds of homes could be flooded by a rising Mississippi River and its tributaries. Already, flooding has forced interstate highways to partially shut down. At least 20 deaths in the two states over the past several days are being blamed on flooding.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Prosecutors in Texas are awaiting the return from Mexico of an 18-year-old who's been serving probation for killing four people while driving drunk. Ethan Couch and his mother Tonya are accused of fleeing to Mexico in November, right before Couch's Dec. 10 mandatory appointment with his probation officer. Couch was given probation after his attorney argued that his parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has delivered a New Year's message to President Barack Obama, calling for cooperation between their countries to respond to international challenges. Ties between Moscow and Washington reached a post-Cold War low when Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and threw its support behind separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Putin says both countries can "successfully take on new challenges and threats" across the world if they engage in a "constructive dialogue."

NEW YORK (AP) — A postal worker in the Queens section of New York City is facing charges of unlawfully delaying and destroying the mail after being accused of dumping hundreds of packages in the trash. The New York Post is reporting that Daniel Darby became so stressed by the onslaught of gifts and holiday cards that he bought three white garbage bags, stuffed the holiday mail into the bags and dumped them into the trash. They were discovered two days later.

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