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Obama credits smart diplomacy for deals with Iran...New sanctions imposed over missile program...Deadly shooting at homeless shelter

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the release of Americans held by Iran and the full implementation of a nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic are the result of "smart" diplomacy. He says this weekend's diplomatic breakthroughs validate his early promises to deal directly with nations considered enemies of the United States. Obama spoke at the White House after the Americans released in a prisoner exchange left Tehran on a charter flight to Switzerland.

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after lifting economic penalties against the Iran over its nuclear program, the United States has imposed new sanctions over Tehran's firing of a medium-range ballistic missile last fall. A U.S. Treasury official says the missile program poses "a significant threat to regional and global security." The new penalties target 11 individuals and entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile program.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a Palestinian has killed an Israeli woman in a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement. The military says the attacker broke into the woman's home near Hebron (HEH'-bruhn), killed her and fled the scene. The assailant is being sought. Earlier today, the Israeli military said a Palestinian who tried to stab soldiers in the West Bank was shot dead. The last four months have seen near daily Palestinian attacks that have killed 25 Israelis and an American student. Some 145 Palestinians have been killed.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a man who had been evicted from a Philadelphia homeless shelter returned this morning and opened fire, killing one employee and injuring another. Officials say the man was evicted from the Station House Transitional Shelter in north Philadelphia Friday night after breaking the rules by being intoxicated. They say he returned this morning to get his belongings, but apparently got into an argument with an employee, pulled out a gun and opened fire.

LOUISBURG, N.C. (AP) — A skydiver with more than 1,800 parachute jumps has died after landing hard in North Carolina. Authorities say James Stremmel, a former Marine, died while jumping at the Triangle Skydiving Center in Louisburg. Franklin County deputies and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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