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Flood waters recede, water plant reopens...County offices reopen tomorrow in San Bernardino...Obama to discuss action on guns

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.



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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just three days after ascending to record levels and forcing hundreds of people from their homes, the Meramec (MEHR'-uh-mehk) River in suburban St. Louis is back below flood stage in two hard-hit towns. The National Weather Service says the river is now well below flood stage in Pacific and Eureka, and just 4 feet above flood stage in Valley Park. And a water plant in High Ridge that was shut down by flooding is working again.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The San Bernardino, California, offices where a husband and wife killed 14 people a month ago reopen tomorrow. Nearly 600 employees of the Inland Regional Center are returning to home base. Leaders of the center say they will gather small groups tomorrow morning to let employees discuss their feelings about returning. Then, it's back to work. The conference center where the massacre took place remains closed indefinitely.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to meet tomorrow with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss what actions he can take to reduce gun violence. He's expected to use executive action to strengthen background checks required for gun purchases, an approach that Republicans strongly oppose.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The U.S. State Department is calling on the Iranian government to protect the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. It's also urging both Saudi Arabia and Iran to avoid escalating regional Sunni-Shiite tensions. Demonstrators in Tehran broke into the Saudi Embassy overnight to protest Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, along with 46 others convicted on terror charges.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is brushing off a video released by al-Qaida's East African affiliate that uses his comments against Muslims to attract recruits. Trump tells Fox News it's no surprise extremists would try to capitalize on words of a Republican presidential front-runner. The 51-minute video released Friday by Somalia-based al-Shabab includes a clip of Trump calling for Muslims to be barred from entering the U.S.

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