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Workers return to shooting site...Saudi flights to Iran canceled...Rubio lashes out at GOP rivals

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 4, 2016 at 9:50 a.m.



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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Guards have been checking IDs as workers return to a Southern California social service center for the first time since 14 people were killed last month in a terror attack. A chain-link fence was unlocked this morning in San Bernardino as some of the Inland Regional Center's 600 employees went back to work. Few of them have gone to the office since the killings, other than a brief visit to gather personal belongings. No visitors are allowed. The conference center where the two attackers opened fire is not yet reopening.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's civil aviation authority says all flights to and from Iran have been canceled. The announcement comes a day after Riyadh cut diplomatic ties to Iran, escalating a crisis in relations sparked by Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent opposition Shiite cleric.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marco Rubio is lashing out at Republican rivals in a New Hampshire speech focused on national security. The Florida Republican declined to call them out by name, but said some Republican presidential candidates would weaken the nation's military and intelligence programs designed to prevent terrorism. In his prepared remarks, Rubio said those rivals "talk tough," but they would "strip us of the ability to keep our people safe." It was a clear reference to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is investing $500 million in the ride-sharing company Lyft. The partnership could speed the development of on-demand, self-driving cars. The two companies will soon open numerous U.S. hubs where Lyft drivers can rent GM vehicles. That could expand Lyft's business by giving people who don't own cars a way to earn money through Lyft. Over the long term, the companies plan to develop a fleet of self-driving vehicles that can be summoned with Lyft's software.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Traffic is moving again on the Mississippi River at St. Louis, but with some restrictions. The Mississippi rose quickly last week after more than 10 inches of rain fell in Missouri and Illinois, creating major flooding. The result was swift-moving water considered too dangerous for barges and other vessels, prompting a 5-mile closure. A long stretch of the Illinois River remains closed in Illinois. The river is still rising to near-record crests in several towns.

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