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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Massive flooding in the St. Louis area has caused another wastewater treatment plant to shut down. The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District says the sewage treatment plant in Valley Park closed today after water from the Meramec (MEHR'-uh-mehk) River flowed over a wall of sandbags built around the plant. It's the second location along the river where the flooding has allowed raw sewage to flow into the waterway.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president is ordering the accelerated production of missiles in response to U.S. plans to impose new sanctions. Hassan Rouhani says Iran won't accept any limitations on its missile program, which he says is not part of the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers in July. A senior U.S. official told the AP yesterday that America is considering designating a number of additional targets for sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile program. The United States has made clear that the missile program is "entirely separate" from the nuclear deal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Mexican immigration official says Ethan Couch will have no special privileges at the Mexico City detention center where he is being held while appealing his deportation to the United States. The Texas teen is likely to spend, weeks, if not months, in the facility that has common sleeping areas and bathrooms, and concrete wash basins for hand-washing clothes. Couch was on probation in a deadly drunken-driving case when he was arrested in Mexico with his mother on Monday. She is now in jail in Los Angeles.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has failed to qualify for Ohio's primary ballot. A spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) tells The Associated Press that O'Malley failed to get the 1,000 valid signatures needed to appear on March 15 primary ballots. The former Maryland governor's campaign submitted 1,175 signatures, but only 772 were found to be valid. An O'Malley spokeswoman says the campaign is exploring its options but that O'Malley plans to campaign vigorously in Ohio.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is encouraging humanity to hang on to recollections of good deeds as a violent year comes to a close. At a New Year's Eve prayer service, Francis said it's impossible to forget the violence, death and "the unspeakable suffering of so many innocents." But he also said it's important to remember "gestures of goodness, love and solidarity" that don't make headlines.
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