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Iran frees 5 American detainees...Autopsy: American strangled in Belize...Man shot dead by WV troopers

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.



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VIENNA (AP) — U.S. and Iranian officials say Iran is releasing four detained Americans in exchange for seven Iranians held or charged in the United States. U.S. officials say the Americans are Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian (reh-ZY'-ahn), former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati (ah-MEER' hehk-MAH'-tee), pastor Saeed Abedini and a fourth person whose name had not been previously made public, Nosratollah Khosravi. Officials say a fifth American, a student identified as Matthew Trevithnick, was released in a move unrelated to the swap.

BELIZE CITY, Belize (AP) — An autopsy on the body of a U.S. tourist found dead in Belize has determined that she was strangled to death. Anne Swaney woman worked for ABC-Channel 7 in Chicago. She was on vacation at a resort in western Belize when she was reported missing on Thursday.

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a 26-year-old man has been fatally shot after pointing a shotgun at two troopers. The encounter occurred late yesterday while the troopers assisted local officers serving a search warrant at a residence in Elkins. William Waldron was pronounced dead at Davis Medical Center. An investigation is underway.

ACWORTH, Ga. (AP) — A 24-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Georgia. Acworth police tell local media that officers stopped the man's vehicle last night near Interstate 75, and at some point the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer, who then shot him in the chest. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — Lottery officials say a 19-year-old central Florida man and first-time lottery player used the numbers off someone else's unpurchased Powerball ticket to win $2 million. Frederick Walker says he found a completed play slip at the Sav-A-Ton in Lake Mary where he purchased his ticket and decided to try his hand using those numbers. He wound up matching five numbers in Wednesday's drawing to win $1 million, but added an extra feature that doubled his prize to $2 million.

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