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Obama lifts sanctions against Iran...US, Iran swapping prisoners...Conditions improve in Hawaii search area

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 16, 2016 at 3:01 p.m.



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VIENNA (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed executive orders lifting economic sanctions on Iran. Obama signed the orders this afternoon after the International Atomic Energy Agency certified that Iran has met its obligations under a landmark nuclear deal reached with six world powers. The step will allow Iran to immediately recoup some $100 billion in assets frozen overseas. Iran will also see huge benefits from new oil, trade and financial opportunities.

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has agreed to release four detained Americans in exchange for seven Iranians held or charged in the United States. The Americans being released include Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian (reh-ZY'-ahn), former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati (ah-MEER' hehk-MAH'-tee) and pastor Saeed Abedini (sah-EED' ah-beh-DEE'-nee). Officials also say a fifth American has been released in a move unrelated to the swap.

HONOLULU (AP) — Conditions are improving as crews continue to search for 12 Marines off the coast of Hawaii. The National Weather Service says the high surf that had made the search difficult is slowly declining. Two helicopters each carrying six Marines went down off Oahu's north shore late Thursday. Debris spotted across a wide section of ocean was being dispersed by high swells.

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — Police say a spill at a Houston-area chemical plant has left one person dead and three injured. Police say they don't know what caused about 1,000 gallons of an oil-based cleaning solution to spill from a tank today at the PeroxyChem Bayport Plant in Pasadena. Hazardous materials experts are at the scene but police say there's no danger to the public.

MONTREAL (AP) — Celine Dion has suffered another loss. Two days after the death of her husband, the singer's brother has died at age 59. Daniel Dion was the eighth of 14 Dion children. Both he and Celine Dion's 73-year-old husband, Rene Angelil, died of cancer.

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