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Obama to discuss executive action on guns...Flood danger isn't over...Executions increase Saudi-Iran tensions

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 3, 2016 at 7:01 a.m.



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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is likely in for a fight when he returns today from his Hawaiian vacation to take up unfinished business including executive action that is expected to expand when background checks are required for gun purchases. The president says he's "fired up" for his final year in office. He'll meet tomorrow with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss a three-month review of what actions he could take to help reduce gun violence.

UNDATED (AP) — The flood danger isn't over south of the St. louis area. The Illinois River continues to rise and could near historic crests Tuesday or Wednesday. Parts of the South are also in the flood's path with moderate Mississippi River flooding expected in Memphis. Minor flooding along the Ohio River affects Owensboro and Paducah, Kentucky, and the crest isn't expected until Thursday. The St. Louis area faces a massive cleanup that could take weeks.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The execution of a revered Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia has drawn a warning from Iran's supreme leader. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (hah-meh-neh-EE') says Saudi Arabia will face "divine revenge." Protesters in Iran, angered by Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr's execution, broke into the Saudi Embassy early today. That drew a rebuke from Iran's president, who also condemned the execution. Saudi Arabia says Iran's condemnation proves it supports terrorism.

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Southern California are investigating a cemetery shooting as a murder-suicide, but still don't know why it happened. Ontario police Sgt. Jeff Higbee said a man with a handgun was waiting for family members to visit a gravesite. He shot and killed a couple, then himself.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow on a 5-year-old autistic boy who was found Saturday in a Pennsylvania canal. Jayliel Vega Batista had wandered away from a New Year's Eve party in Allentown. Police say he was playing with a tablet computer with other children when he reportedly took off. Search dogs tracked him to the canal. There's no indication of foul play.

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