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Deadly weather...US-Iran prisoner swap...Reaction to Iran deal implementation

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 17, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.



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DUETTE, Fla. (AP) — Severe weather including two suspected tornadoes have slammed into an area of central Florida, killing at least two people and injuring four children. Manatee County EMS officials tell WFLA-TV that several people were injured as severe weather pushed through Duette and Siesta Key in Sarasota and Manatee counties early this morning. Sarasota County officials report damage to multiple homes. At least one home was destroyed and a woman was pulled from the wreckage.

VIENNA (AP) — The United States has managed to remove a leading irritant with an agreement on a prisoner exchange with Iran. Four Americans are being swapped for seven Iranians while a fifth American was released separately. An official says the Americans have now departed Iran by plane. In addition to other provisions, the U.S. will drop Interpol "red notices" — essentially arrest warrants — on 14 Iranian fugitives it has sought.

UNDATED (AP) — Iran has been certified as meeting its commitments under the nuclear deal and that's triggered the lifting of sanctions but Germany's economy minister says that reviving economic and financial ties will take time. Iran's president says nobody loses under the deal, including various interests inside his country. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues his criticism.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they're investigating what appears to be the latest vandalism attack by extremist Jews. Hebrew graffiti was found today on the walls of a famous Jerusalem church the Dormition Abbey, a Benedictine monastery located just outside Jerusalem's Old City. Christian tradition says the Virgin Mary died there. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the writing included anti-Christian slogans. The extremists accuse Israel of steps seen as favoring the Palestinians.

LONDON (AP) — A prominent British veterans' organization says as many as 33,000 former soldiers could be suffering from illnesses linked to their Persian Gulf deployment in Operation Desert Storm and that government needs to do more to help those who served in the 1991 Gulf war. The Royal British Legion, says research in the United States, Australia and Canada has found that Gulf veterans suffer illnesses at about two to three times the rate of other veterans.

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