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Middle East divide widens...Protest continues at wildlife refuge... NY governor wants homeless in from the cold

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 3, 2016 at 6:01 p.m.



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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A person familiar with the Saudi government's thinking in Washington says the kingdom decided to sever relations with Iran because "enough was enough." The person says Riyadh is tired of what it sees as Tehran "thumbing its nose at the West." The move came after protesters, angry over the execution of a Saudi Shiite cleric, stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — One of the protesters occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon is the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights. Ryan Bundy says the ultimate goal of this protest is to "restore the rights to people so they can use the land and resources" for ranching, logging, mining and recreation.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's ordering cities statewide to take homeless people from the street to shelters when temperatures freeze. Cuomo says he has signed an executive order to protect the homeless. It takes effect Tuesday. The governor says the order is necessary to protect people from hypothermia and potential death.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators are considering launching another search of the wreckage of a freighter that sank during a hurricane Oct. 1 near the Bahamas. A National Transportation Safety Board investigator says the focus of any search would be the ship's voyage data recorder or "black box." Thirty-three mariners aboard the 790-foot freighter El Faro were lost.

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Society of Film Critics has voted "Spotlight" the best picture of 2015. Society members who gathered today at Lincoln Center in New York also awarded the film the prize for best screenplay. The movie chronicles The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church.

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