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Source: Saudis fed up with Iran ... Midwest rivers receding after flooding ... Obama set to take action on gun violence

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 3, 2016 at 10:41 p.m.



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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A person familiar with the Saudi government's thinking says the kingdom is tired of what it sees as Iran "thumbing its nose at the West," including the recent launch of ballistic missiles, while no one does anything about it. Riyadh has severed relations with Iran after protesters, angry about the execution of a Shiite cleric, stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

KINCAID, Ill. (AP) — The Mississippi River and many of its tributaries are receding everywhere except in the far southern tips of Missouri and Illinois. But the flood damage in many towns will take a long time to cleanup. The Illinois River north of St. Louis, however, is still rising. Twenty-five deaths have been attributed to floods in the region.

WASHINGTON (AP) —President Barack Obama is turning his attention to the issue of gun violence. He's scheduled a meeting Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss a three-month review of what steps he could take to help reduce gun violence. The president is expected to use executive action to strengthen background checks required for gun purchases.

CHICAGO (AP) — The acting head of the independent authority that investigates complaints against Chicago police will speak about her plans to revamp the agency in response to outrage over recent shootings by police and the city's handling of investigations. Sharon Fairley will hold a news conference Monday to outline "her vision" for the Independent Police Review Authority.

HONG KONG (AP) — A private survey finds that Chinese manufacturing contracted for the 10th straight month in December as demand remained weak and factories trimmed staff and output. The Caixin/Markit index is based on a survey of factory purchasing managers. It's the latest sign of the headwinds the world's No. 2 economy faces as a new year unfolds.

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