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Ringing in the new...Braced for flooding...Freeway crash

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 1, 2016 at 2:50 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — The party went on in Times Square without a hitch as a million revelers jammed the area, some since before dawn, to ring in 2016 under the watchful eye of thousands of police. Jitters over extremist attacks seemed to be little more than background noise for the partiers themselves. Hours earlier and a few hundred miles away in Rochester, New York, an ex-con was charged with planning to carry out an attack at a bar to prove he was worthy of joining the Islamic State group.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The big rivers haven't been the biggest flood problem in the area around St. louis. The worst of the damage was in Meramec (MEHR'-uh-mehk) River towns southwest of St. Louis, where the river reached more than 4 feet above the previous record at some spots. Hundreds of homes were damaged. Mississippi River communities farther south are braced for the peak of flooding. A floodwall protected St. Louis, which has minimal damage.

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — A two-car crash near a freeway off ramp in Southern California has killed four adults and a child. A witness says one vehicle was hit when it pulled out of a gas station and was hit by the other car. Each car carried four people.

BAGHDAD (AP) — The monthly death toll from violence in Iraq is on the upswing. Officials say 980 died in December, compared to 888 the month before. The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq says that 506 of those killed in December were civilians, while the rest were security forces. The worst-affected province was Baghdad with 261 killed, followed by Ninevah province with 68.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's message has stayed away from some of the kinds of threats he's made in the past involving nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. He did say he was ready for war if provoked by "invasive" outsiders.

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