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BENTON, La. (AP) — Two Texas first responders have been killed while working the scene of a traffic accident amid icy conditions. The number of people who have been killed following severe storms in the South stood at least nine on Saturday. Officials say a driver in Lubbock, Texas, hit two firefighters and a police officer who were at the scene of an accident. Three storm-related deaths have also been reported in both Alabama and Louisiana and authorities say a driver in Dallas was killed Friday night. Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ukraine is offering over $8,000 in financial compensation to the families of its citizens who were killed in the Ukrainian jetliner crash earlier this week. All 176 people on board the plane died, including 11 Ukrainians. Iranian officials have admitted responsibility for mistakenly shooting down the plane. Ukraine's president says his government will also push Iran to provide separate compensation to the victims' families. He had just spoken Saturday by phone with Iran's president. The Ukrainian leader says Iran promised to prosecute those responsible for the shootdown. The crash happened hours after an Iranian missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq, retaliating for America's killing a top Iranian general.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In the face of mounting evidence, Iran has acknowledged that it shot down the Ukrainian jetliner by accident, killing all 176 people aboard. The admission by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard undermines the credibility of information provided by senior officials, who for three days had adamantly dismissed allegations of a missile strike as Western propaganda. The acknowledgment could anger the Iranian public. Iran had promised harsh revenge after a U.S. airstrike killed an Iranian general in Iraq. But instead of killing American soldiers, its forces downed a civilian plane in which most passengers were Iranian.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A magnitude 5.9 quake has shaken Puerto Rico, causing millions of dollars in further damage along the island’s southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools. The U.S. Geological Survey says Saturday's quake quake hit 8 miles (13 kilometers) southeast of Guanica at a shallow depth of 3 miles (5 kilometers). Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority said outages were reported across much of southern Puerto Rico and crews were assessing possible damage at power plants. There are no reports of death or injury, but the governor says nearly 600 buildings were affected.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates are in Nevada seeking to build relationships with Latino voters and win the coveted endorsement of a powerful casino workers union. Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shar) and Pete Buttigieg (BOOT'-eh-jehj) pitched themselves Saturday to Culinary Union workers, who prize their robust health plans. Both Klobuchar and Buttigieg are running as Midwestern moderates who have warned against liberal plans to move the U.S. to a government-run health insurance system.

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