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White House Outlines Gun Control Moves:

The Obama administration will announce a series of executive actions on Tuesday to combat gun violence in the U.S.

Among other things, the actions would expand mandatory background checks for some private sales. The administration would also provide more funding for mental health treatment, FBI staff and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents.

“These are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority and the executive branch,” Obama told reporters gathered Monday in the Oval Office. “But they are also ones that the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support and believe in.”

With Attorney General Loretta Lynch by his side, the President said he planned to roll out the new restrictions, aimed at combating a wave of recent shootings, in the coming days. He will hold a town hall on the topic Thursday that will air on CNN and is expected to make it a focus next week during his final State of the Union address.

Country Singer Craig Strickland Found Dead:

Country music singer Craig Strickland has been found dead more than a week after he went missing in a powerful winter storm, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Monday.

Strickland, a 29-year-old vocalist in the country rock band Backroad Anthem, was duck hunting with his friend Chase Morland late last month at Oklahoma’s Kaw Lake as afierce winter weather system was hitting central portions of the country, the band said.

Rain, sleet and snow pelted the area, with wind gusts of up to 45 mph and wind chills as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Morland acknowledged the danger in a haunting tweet December 26.

Coming Soon: 9 Of The Best Attractions Opening In 2016:

From America’s biggest modern art museum to the latest Disney theme park, 2016 is primed to be a great year for global tourists in search of the next big thing.

The Middle East will get its most advanced snow park in Doha.

“Hunger Games” fans will step into the shoes of Katniss Everdeen in Dubai.

And a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark will rise above the bluegrass meadows of northern Kentucky to become the planet’s largest wooden structure.

A look at these and more on our cultural calendar for 2016, as we highlight some of the most anticipated attractions scheduled to open around the globe.

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