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War of Words...Jewish extremists indicted...Obama heads home

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 3, 2016 at 4:10 a.m.



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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader is condemning Saudi Arabia's execution of an opposition Shiite cleric and warning of "divine revenge." Riyadh says the reaction from Iran "revealed its true face represented in support for terrorism." Protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran today, breaking in and setting fires. Police say a number of arrests were made.

JERUSALEM (AP) — A July arson attack on a Palestinian home that killed a toddler and his parents has brought the indictment of four Jewish extremists by Israel. The case had been unsolved for months and helped fuel the current wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence. The firebombing, carried out under cover of darkness while the family slept, sparked soul-searching among Israelis rattled by the horrific attack.

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is due back in Washington later today after wrapping up his Hawaiian vacation. Obama says he's fired up for his last year as president and one of the first orders of business may be executive action to expand background checks for gun purchases. That could generate legal action by opponents. Congressional Republicans are also expected to send him a repeal of the health care overhaul which Obama is expected to veto.

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis area faces a massive cleanup as the Mississippi River and its tributaries retreated from historic winter levels. It's expected to be weeks before all the damage is cleared away. Further south, residents are still waiting for possible record crests of rivers and streams. The flood, fueled by more than 10 inches of rain over a three-day period that began last weekend, is blamed for 24 deaths in Illinois and Missouri.

PATHANKOT, India (AP) — Officials in India now say seven troops died when suspected militants invaded an air force base near the border with Pakistan. Four soldiers died of injuries sustained in a gunbattle while another died after being wounded in an explosion today. Four suspected militants were also killed in yesterday's fighting. An air force spokeswoman says efforts to completely secure the base continue.

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