Water warning...Benghazi groups identified...More senators back Iran sanctions

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Updated: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:15:59 EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — About 300,000 people in West Virginia are unable to use their tap water for drinking, bathing, cooking or washing clothes today. It's because of a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston that has shut down much of the city and surrounding counties. West Virginia's National Guard is planning to distribute bottled drinking water to emergency service agencies in the nine counties that are affected. Officials say the restrictions on water use are just a precaution -- since they're still not sure exactly what kind of a threat the spill poses.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration for the first time is identifying specific groups as being involved in the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The State Department is issuing terrorist designations for three militants and three extremist groups, including two it says were involved in the 2012 attack.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional aides say 59 senators now back a sanctions bill they say would increase the pressure on Iran to make nuclear concessions. The Obama administration says the legislation could scuttle a historic opportunity to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff through diplomacy instead of military action. Senators in favor include every Republican except Jeff Flake of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Sixteen Democrats are on board including Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, a top ally of President Barack Obama. The White House has threatened a veto.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite all the signs of economic recovery in 2013, the year ended on a weak note. The government says employers added just 74,000 jobs in December -- the fewest in three years. But many economists say they want to see more data before concluding that the economy has lost momentum.

BROOKFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A public safety dispatcher in a Connecticut town bordering Newtown is being allowed to keep his job despite an outcry over a comment he posted on Facebook about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Gregory Beck is a dispatcher in Brookfield. Referring to a tribute called "26 Days of Kindness" in honor of the 20 children and six adults killed at the Newtown school in 2012, Beck wrote on Facebook in November that his kindness would be distributing ammunition to his friends. He later apologized.

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