News on the go: Jan. 13, 2014

Carrie Blazina

West Virginia continued Sunday to deal with the aftermath of Thursday’s chemical spill, which rendered the Charleston area’s water supply. Gov. Earl Tomblin said Sunday he does not know when people can use water again for any purpose other than flushing toilets, but he said water tests from that day were encouraging. The chemical that tainted the water supply last week is a foaming agent used in coal processing. Read full story here.

Iran agreed Sunday to implement restrictions on its nuclear program starting Jan. 20, and officials said the deadline to reach a final nuclear agreement is set for six months from now. The restrictions Iran agreed to will limit uranium enrichment and open its nuclear program to daily inspection. President Barack Obama said in a statement the deal would help prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, but some U.S. lawmakers have said they think the agreement does not go far enough.

Several Republicans on Sunday defended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has been embroiled in a traffic scandal related to closing lanes of a bridge in September. Christie has said he did not know about the traffic-jam-causing plan, which Democrats have said is hard to believe because Christie typically is a hands-on leader. Republicans said he has owned up to his mistake and the scandal should not derail his expected 2016 presidential ambitions. Read full story here.

In Sunday’s NFL action, the Denver Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 24-17, and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Carolina Panthers 23-10. The Broncos advanced to the AFC Championship against the New England Patriots next Sunday, but the Chargers very nearly made a fourth-quarter comeback that Peyton Manning thwarted. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 15 of 28 passes to send San Francisco to the NFC Championship next Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

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