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UNDATED (AP) — Wintry weather is creating hazardous road conditions in parts of the central and eastern U.S. Dozens of car crashes in Iowa and Nebraska are blamed on ice and snow. At least one of the crashes was fatal in Omaha. Motorists across Missouri are being warned to travel only if absolutely necessary. Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol report numerous accidents and blame at least three highway deaths on icy conditions.
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities are investigating the shooting deaths of four people in Chicago. Police say a fifth person was critically injured in the shooting at a home on the city's far South Side. A 2-year-old child was not hurt. Officers found the victims early this afternoon after responding to a call of a shooting. No arrests have been made. There have been more than 700 homicides in Chicago this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is promising more rallies even after he becomes president. At the final rally on his "thank you" tour today, he told those gathered at a football stadium in Mobile, Alabama, that rallies allow him to get his message out without going through the news media. Trump was joined at today's rally by Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, his pick for U.S. attorney general.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government says it will extend the use of the 100-bolivar note until Jan. 2, following protests and looting by people angry at being left largely without cash. Venezuela's most widely used banknote went out of circulation on Friday amid the world's highest inflation, yet the higher-denomination bills that were supposed to replace it had not yet arrived at banks or ATMs. The lack of currency sparked social unrest in six cities.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is 80 years old. The pontiff celebrated an active if low-key birthday on Saturday, sharing breakfast with eight homeless people before celebrating Mass with cardinals. He told the cardinals "For some days now, I have had in mind a word that seems ugly: Old age, a thought that frightens." But then he recalled his words during his first papal greeting in 2013, when he said: "Old age is the thirst for knowledge."
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