WASHINGTON (AP) — As he starts his final year in office, President Barack Obama says his New Year's resolution is to move forward on unfinished business -- and that includes dealing with what he calls "our epidemic of gun violence." In his weekly radio address today, Obama said he'll meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to see what executive actions might be possible to keep guns out of the hands of "a dangerous few." The steps could include stronger background checks on gun purchasers.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Protesters in Cleveland have taken their anger over the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice to the home of Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. More than 100 people marched today to his home to protest the decision not to indict police officers in the fatal shooting. Police accompanied the marchers and stood in front of the prosecutor's home during the protest.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The number of dead from the devastating winter flood in the Midwest has risen to 22 with the recovery of a man's body in southwest Missouri. His vehicle was swept away by floodwaters in Polk County on Dec. 26. Fifteen of the deaths were in Missouri and seven in Illinois. Searches continue for two missing teenagers in Illinois, a missing man in Missouri and a missing country music singer in Oklahoma.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in Dubai say they're still trying to determine what caused the fire that engulfed a 63-story luxury hotel on New Year's Eve. Small fires could still be seen inside the hotel this afternoon. No serious injuries were reported -- but the fire raised new questions about building safety for people living in the United Arab Emirates.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The new year in Afghanistan has begun with another bombing attack claimed by the Taliban. One person was killed and 11 were wounded in the explosion in the Afghan capital. It happened in a central residential area of the city, where many Afghan officials live and where guesthouses are located. The Taliban say a suicide bomber carried out the attack.