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Flooding threatens more homes...Trump featured in extremist group's recruitment video...Saudis execute 47 on terror charges

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 2, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.



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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The worst of the deadly winter flooding is over in the St. Louis area, bit farther south, it's getting worse. Record and near-record crests are predicted for portions of the Mississippi River, and homes are threatened homes in rural southern Missouri and Illinois after levee breaches. The flooding that began last weekend is blamed for 22 deaths, and searchers are still looking for five people missing: two teenagers in Illinois, two men in Missouri and a country singer in Oklahoma.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Qaida's East African affiliate has released a video to recruit American blacks and Muslims that includes a clip of Donald Trump. The 51-minute video by the Somalia based al-Shabab militant group shows the Republican presidential candidate calling for the "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." The video says radical Islam is the way to fight back against racism and religious segregation in the U.S.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it has executed 47 people convicted of terrorism charges, including al-Qaida detainees and a prominent Shiite cleric who rallied protests against the government. An Iraqi Shiite militia backed by Iran is condemning the cleric's execution, calling it a "new crime" carried out by the Saudi royal family.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police and special forces are searching for a gunman who killed two people in a New Year's Day attack in Tel Aviv. The gunman opened fire outside a bar on a main street in Tel Aviv yesterday, killing two people and wounding at least three others before fleeing the scene.

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people kicked off 2016 with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean off New York City. An estimated 2,000 people participated in the annual Coney Island Polar Bear plunge yesterday. Air temperatures in the area were in the low 40s, though the ocean was a bit warmer. Some people wore wetsuits, but others sported only bikinis.

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