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Top Stories: Countries Cut Ties With Iran; Chinese Stock Turmoil

Also: The San Bernardino mass shooting site reopens today; armed protesters continue to hole up in a federal building in Oregon; and a robbery suspect is caught after taking a selfie with the victim.

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Bahrain Joins Saudi Arabia, Cutting Diplomatic Ties With Iran

Announcing the move Monday, Bahrain said it is responding to "sinful cowardly attacks" on Saudi Arabia's embassy and a consulate in Iran.

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7 Percent Drop Forces Chinese Stock Markets To Close Early On 2016 Debut

Among the factors blamed: data showing economic contraction, and the looming lapse of a ban on large investors from selling their stakes in companies.

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Saudi Arabia, Iran Face Off As Sectarian Tensions Escalate After Executions

A cold war in the Middle East just turned a lot hotter. Saudi Arabia, a Sunni power, and Iran, a Shiite one, have long been bitter rivals, but always maintained diplomatic relations — until now.

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Of Ranchers And Rancor: The Roots Of The Armed Occupation In Oregon

An armed group has taken over a federal building in Oregon. Here's a primer on the "paradox" behind the situation, the court case that gave it a spark — and how the Oklahoma City bombing is involved.

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Saudi Arabia Severing Diplomatic Ties With Iran

Saudi Arabia's execution of Shiite cleric Sheik Nimr al-Nimr has inflamed sectarian conflict and been strongly condemned by Iran. Now the Saudis have ordered Iranian diplomats out of the country.

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'What Am I Going To Do?': Trump Dismisses Al-Shabab Video Featuring Speech

In an interview with CBS, Donald Trump said that the terrorist organization uses other people in its videos too. "I have to say what I have to say," Trump said.

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Militia Takes Over Federal Building Following Protest In Oregon

Ammon Bundy, one of the leaders of the occupation, said he wants ranchers to be able to freely use the Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge lands protected by the federal government.

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Iranian Protesters Arrested At Saudi Embassy In Tehran

Angry over the execution of Shiite cleric Sheik Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, protesters gathered at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, reports Iran's semi-official news agency. Some entered the building.

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George R.R. Martin Admits 'Winter' Isn't Coming — At Least, Not For A While

The writer says he missed an end-of-year deadline to finish Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the Game of Thrones series. The delay means the show will air the next season before its source material.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Dale Bumpers Dies At 90

Years after urging his Senate colleagues not to undo a national election because Bill Clinton had been unfaithful to his wife, Bumpers wrote a memoir titled The Best Lawyer in a One Lawyer Town.

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Activists Mourn Race Theorist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Welsing is being mourned by many – including musician Chuck D, who credited her with providing the inspiration for the 1990 Public Enemy album Fear of a Black Planet.

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#NPRreads: 3 Fascinating Reads To Start 2016

A deep dive into the physical costs of football — and not, this time, about concussions. A meditation on truth and communication from a sports blog. And a British interview with an American poet.

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Saudi Arabia's Killing Of Leading Shiite Cleric And 46 Others Sparks Outcry

Saudi Arabia executed 47 people convicted of terrorism Saturday, including prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr, prompting condemnation throughout the Middle East.

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Former Rep. Mike Oxley, An Architect Of Anti-Fraud Bill, Dies At 71

Oxley, an Ohio Republican, led the House Financial Services Committee when scandals sank Enron and other companies. The bill he wrote with Sen. Paul Sarbanes aimed to prevent more fraudulent acts.

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New Year's Day Quake In Oklahoma City Amid Increasing Seismic Activity

The state of Oklahoma saw more than 800 quakes with magnitude of 3 or greater in 2015.

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Singer Natalie Cole Dead At 65

The Grammy award-winning singer and daughter of Nat King Cole died from complications with ongoing medical issues.

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Smoke Still Rising From Dubai High-Rise Amid Fire Investigation

Dubai's fireworks display for New Year's Eve continued as planned, even as the blaze raged a short distance away.

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Gunman In Downtown Tel Aviv Kills 2 Israelis

Police say they are searching for the shooter who opened fire during the busy Friday afternoon.

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Wayne Rogers, Trapper John On 'M.A.S.H.', Dies At 82

For three season on the CBS hit TV show M.A.S.H., Wayne Rogers played Army surgeon Trapper John McIntrye alongside Alan Alda's character Hawkeye Pierce.

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