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Officials: Iran deal survives, Trump to waive sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday will extend waivers on Iran nuclear sanctions, keeping alive the landmark 2015 deal for at least another several months despite his past vows to scuttle the deal, officials said.

3 dead, including 2 children, in southern Illinois crash

METROPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead, including two young children, following a multivehicle crash in southern Illinois.

Trump (sort of) denies vulgar comments about immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday denied using certain "language" as fury spread over his comments about immigration during a private meeting with lawmakers. But neither he nor the White House denied the most controversial of his comments: using the word "shithole" to describe countries in Africa and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.

California mudslide takes lives of young old; 5 missing

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice.

The youngest, 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, was one of four children killed.

Another round of winter weather moves into South

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A wintry blast coated parts of Kentucky and Tennessee with sleet and ice on Friday, forcing schools to close as the region braced for a second punch with snow. Deeper South, parts of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama prepared for another round of winter weather.

Winter conditions made for hazardous driving conditions in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Consumer prices up just 0.1% in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer inflation slowed in December to a tiny 0.1 percent gain as energy costs retreated from a big jump in November.

The December increase in consumer prices followed a sharper 0.4 percent increase in November, the Labor Department reported Friday. The December gain was the smallest advance since October.

Three killed in Chicago car crash

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say three people are dead after the car they were riding in crashed into a light pole, flipped onto its roof and burned.

The crash happened shortly after 1 a.m. Friday on the city's Far South Side. Police say the car was traveling at a high speed before the crash.

Trump: No trip to London because of embassy move

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump has canceled a trip to London to open the new $1 billion U.S. Embassy, avoiding protests promised by political opponents.

Some British lawmakers had said Trump was not welcome in Britain after he retweeted videos from a far-right British group and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan following a terror attack last year.

Beyond the Blueprints: Central High's new Commons area

A new, occasional series looking at what's ahead for Unit 4 schools, by News-Gazette education reporter LYNDSAY JONES. TODAY: The Commons area at Central High.

Walmart increases workers' pay, closes 63 Sam's Clubs

NEW YORK — Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam's Club warehouse stores across the country — a move that seems sure to cost jobs — on the same day it announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out one-time bonuses to others.