Senator McCain says U.S. stands with Ukraine against Russia


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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shakes hands with U.S. Senator John McCain during a meeting with Ukrainian servicemen in Shirokino settlement near Mariupol, Ukraine, December 31, 2016. Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko greets U.S. Senator John McCain during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, December 30, 2016.

Top China issues to watch in 2017

A lot has happened in 2016. In January, Taiwan's independence-leaning Tsai Ing-wen won the island's presidential election by a landslide; in July, an international court handed down a landmark ruling against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea, and in November, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to become the United States' next leader.

US states, leery of Russia malware, re-examine cybersecurity

Several states around the country on Saturday asked cybersecurity experts to re-examine state and utility networks after a Vermont utility's laptop was found to contain malware U.S. officials say is linked to Russian hackers. The Burlington Electric Department, one of Vermont's two largest electric utilities, confirmed Friday it had found on one of its laptops the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name the U.S. government has given to malicious cyber activity by Russian civilian and military intelligence services.

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Terror in Istanbul: Lone gunman dressed as Father Christmas opens fire on nightclub's New Year's Eve crowd killing 35 and wounding 40 as CCTV shows him inside the blood-soaked venue The walk of shame: Wife of Greek ambassador to Brazil hides her face as she is transferred to jail after 'having her husband murdered by her policeman lover' in 'crime of passion' Queen Elizabeth may STILL not be well enough to attend church on New Year's Day a week after she missed Christmas prayers with a 'heavy cold' Silicon Valley star is sued for allegedly 'hitting' private driver after 'inhaling laughing gas and complaining about spending money on donations to Clinton campaign' 'This has been the worst holiday season of my life': How custody battles with Angelina meant this year ended in the most agonising Christmas EVER for a broken and tearful Brad Pitt 'Whiny and entitled': Oscar-nominated director ... (more)

China’s Xi says won’t let anyone make ‘fuss’ about its territory


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China will never allow anyone to "make a great fuss" about its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights, President Xi Jinping said in his New Year's address, while China's top official in charge of Taiwan ties warned of risk ahead in 2017. China's increasingly assertive moves to push its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, including building artificial islands, has unnerved its neighbors.

Today in History

On Jan. 1, 1942, 26 countries, including the United States, signed the Declaration of the United Nations, pledging "not to make a separate armistice or peace" with members of the Axis. The Rose Bowl was played in Durham, North Carolina, because of security concerns in the wake of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor; Oregon State defeated Duke, 20-16.

California aims to take lead in giving marijuana industry access to financial services

In this Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 photo, Rolie Gonzalez III displays a branch of marijuana buds taken for a plant on the farm of grower Laura Costa, near Garberville. California hopes to take the lead in giving the cannabis industry access to banking services in 2017, with a new working group focused on finding a solution to ongoing conflicts between state and federal laws that force marijuana businesses to operate largely in cash.

Obama offers US assistance to Turkey after Istanbul attack

News selected on topics and regions - oil and gas, business, politics, IT, the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia Ranking of the Azerbaijani banking sector President Barack Obama expressed condolences on Saturday for the attack at a night club in Istanbul and directed his team to offer U.S. help to Turkish authorities, the White House said, Reuters reported. "This afternoon the president was briefed by his national security team on the attack in Istanbul," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement.

The Latest: Obama kicks off New Year’s Eve on golf course

President Barack Obama is starting off New Year's Eve hitting the links at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, known for its views of the Pacific coastline and Koolau mountains, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Obama's motorcade left his vacation rental home in Kailua about 10 a.m. As it arrived on base a few minutes later, the sun breaking through the clouds.

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Over the last two years, the Golden State has licensed over 800,000 illegal aliens to drive, and as the new motor voter law AB 1461 goes into effect in 2017, anti-Trump lawmakers are vowing to fight the Trump administration on attempts to enforce immigration law. AB 60 went into effect on January 1, 2015, inviting well over a million illegal aliens in California to apply for driver licenses with lawmaker promises that their non-citizen status would not be shared with immigration authorities.

The Latest: Recovery delayed for missing plane with 6 aboard

In this Aug. 1, 2008 photo, Dublin Irish Festival honorary chairman John T. Fleming proposes at toast following the tapping of the first Dublin Stout Keg at Brazenhead in Dublin, Ohio. A flight-tracking service shows that a plane piloted by the Ohio executive with five other people onboard quickly lost altitude after taking off from Cleveland's lakeshore airport.

‘What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?’ What’s your favorite version?

Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia even the courtesy of a... The Orioles-famed doo-wop group from Baltimore, Maryland, was the first group to hit the R&B charts with "What are you Doing New Years Eve?" The Orioles-famed doo-wop group from Baltimore, Maryland, was the first group to hit the R&B charts with "What are you Doing New Years Eve?" " What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? " is a popular song written in 1947 by Frank Loesser as an independent song-not written for a particular movie or musical. It first charted for The Orioles , peaking at No.

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President Obama's trip next week to Capitol Hill to discuss ObamaCare is only the latest -- and most visible -- sign that Democrats are ready to fight Republicans' plans to change the president's signature health-care law as well as Medicaid and Medicare. Obama will visit Wednesday with House and Senate Democrats, the day after the 114th Congress convenes and Republicans, who have the majority in both chambers, are expected to start repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

Grand Old Party? Donald Trump remaking GOP in his image

For eight years, a leaderless Republican Party has rallied around its passionate opposition to President Barack Obama and an unceasing devotion to small government, free markets and fiscal discipline. On the eve of his inauguration, Donald Trump is remaking the party in his image, casting aside decades of Republican orthodoxy for a murky populist agenda that sometimes clashes with core conservative beliefs.

Confirmations, conservative agenda on tap for GOP panels

Confirming Donald Trump's presidential Cabinet tops the immediate agenda for the Senate committees and their Republican chairmen, who then will focus on fulfilling long-sought goals by implementing a conservative agenda. The Senate GOP hasn't officially selected its committee leaders, but this is who is expected to hold the top spots: APPROPRIATIONS: Longtime Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran chairs the panel, which tries to work on a bipartisan basis while drafting 12 annual agency budget bills.

In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obamaa s agenda

Republicans' grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama's agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama's health care law.

Obama Kicks off New Year’s Eve on Golf Course

President Barack Obama places a ball to putt on the 18th green at Kapolei Golf Club, in Kapolei, Hawaii, on Dec. 21. He was back at the same course on Saturday. President Barack Obama is starting off New Year's Eve hitting the links at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, known for its views of the Pacific coastline and Koolau mountains, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Planned Parenthood Asks Judge to Halt Texas Medicaid Cuts

Planned Parenthood has asked a federal judge to stop Texas from cutting it from the state's Medicaid program, which the nation's largest abortion provider says would reduce health services for nearly 11,000 low-income women. The request to U.S. District Sam Sparks was filed late Friday in Austin and is part of an ongoing lawsuit filed last year.

Peter Funt: Next yeara s news, today

Thanks to Donald Trump and the Chicago Cubs my outlandish predictions for 2016 were eclipsed by, of all things, reality. Worse, the fine art of fake news was commandeered by demons who used it for social and political gain - something my colleagues and I would never have dreamed possible.

Software engineer planning to challenge Rep. Lynch in 2018

Brianna Wu filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission this week indicating she's planning to run for the 8th Congressional District in 2018. Wu rose to prominence after being targeted by Gamergate, which has subjected women in the video-game industry to misogynistic threats after surfacing in 2014.

In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama’s agenda

" Republicans' grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama's agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama's health care law.

In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama’s agenda

In this Dec. 8, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., and others, listen as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans' grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama's agenda.

Divers to assist in trying to find missing plane in Lake Erie

After searching for a small plane that went missing following takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport on Thursday night, the Coast Guard, along with Cleveland officials, said they will use divers to try to find the plane in Lake Erie. A Saturday morning news conference was held to talk about the recovery process after the search was suspended Friday evening.

‘Ransom’: TV Review

Getting an unlikely series premiere on January 1 and then airing in an even more unlikely Saturday primetime slot, the drama Ransom isn't the worst new show CBS has premiered in the past 12 months. Heck, it may not be one of the 10 worst new shows CBS has premiered in the past 12 months.

Are Teslas Christine-mobiles?

Christine is the name of a Stephen King novel that tells the story of a possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury that kills people all by itself. There is nothing supernatural about Tesla automobiles, but one has to wonder whether the company is turning out Christine -mobiles because of software faults that may pop up.

Russian malware discovered on Vermont electric company computer

The company released a statement confirming the malware associated with the Russian group Grizzly Steppe was found on a laptop which was not connected to the electrical grid system. "Last night, U.S. utilities were alerted by the Department of Homeland Security of a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name DHS has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.

Paris Accord’s Warming Limit Could Increase Fish Catches


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Swiss and Canadian scientists have worked out a simple way to save more fish for the supper table: sticking to the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5A C above the historic average should be enough to increase fish catches by six million tonnes a year . But if the world's nations go on as they have done - burning fossil fuels, releasing greenhouse gases, and inexorably changing the climate - then global average temperatures will rise by 3.5A C and global fish catches will fall dramatically.

The Top Eight Mideast Stories of 2016 That Shaped Our World


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In 2016, the Middle East continued to be a major focus of the US public, and it often came up in the primary and presidential debates. Alas, the Middle East referenced by US politicians and many pundits does not actually exist, and the American fixation on this region has a creepy stalker-like quality to it.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

For eight years, a leaderless Republican Party has rallied around its passionate opposition to President Barack Obama and an unceasing devotion to small government, free markets and fiscal discipline. On the eve of his inauguration, Donald Trump is remaking the party in his image, casting aside decades of Republican orthodoxy for a murky populist agenda that sometimes clashes with core conservative beliefs.

Russia-linked malware found on US electric companya s laptop

Malware code linked to Russian hackers and found on a Vermont electric utility's computer is further evidence of "predatory" steps taken by that country against the U.S., a Vermont Democratic congressman said Saturday. The Burlington Electric Department confirmed Friday it had found on one of its laptops the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name Homeland Security has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.

AP New Yeara s poll: Americans ready to bid farewell to 2016

Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year. Americans weren't thrilled with the year.

Massachusetts Democrats hope to tie GOP Gov. Baker to Trump

Massachusetts Democrats are hoping to take a notch out of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's sky-high popularity numbers by lashing him to Donald Trump's incoming administration. In a series of tweets and in an online petition, the Massachusetts Democratic Party has called on Baker to denounce a string of top Trump advisers and Cabinet picks.

Trump bids a blockbuster 2016 farewell

President-elect Donald Trump will say goodbye to 2016 alongside 800 paying guests at his Mar-a-Lago estate Saturday, surrounded by an explosion of white and green flowers in his massive ballroom. The annual Mar-a-Lago New Year's Eve, which wife Melania and son Barron will also attend, is a highlight on the private club's social calendar, members say.

Indiana Covering Up Details Of Trump/Carrier Bribery Deal

The government in the state of Indiana is covering up the details of the deal announced by Donald Trump to have Carrier keep jobs there. The Washington Post reports that in response to an open records request filed by the paper, details of the so-called Carrier "deal" are being kept under lock and key.

Stocks notched big gains in ’16 despite an early stumble

In a year with no shortage of surprises and stomach-churning turns in the market, stock investors can feel pretty good about 2016. Wall Street repeatedly bounced back from steep slumps, including the worst start to any year for stocks, the second correction for the market in five months and investor fears of a global slowdown.

Search for missing plane, 6 aboard, yields no clues

In this Aug. 1, 2008 photo, Dublin Irish Festival honorary chairman John T. Fleming proposes at toast following the tapping of the first Dublin Stout Keg at Brazenhead in Dublin, Ohio. A flight-tracking service shows that a plane piloted by the Ohio executive with five other people onboard quickly lost altitude after taking off from Cleveland's lakeshore airport.

3 Missing in downed plane incident off Hawaiian island

Three people are missing after a small plane vanished from radar off the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i, the US Coast Guard said in a statement Saturday. The Cessna 172 aircraft left Moloka'i Airport and was headed to Honolulu, Hawaii, on Friday when it dropped off radar approximately four miles east of Ilio Point, the Coast Guard said.

Putin congratulates Trump, not Obama, in New Year’s statement

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump, rather than President Barack Obama, in his annual New Year's greetings statement to foreign heads of state and government. However, Putin did convey his seasonal greetings to Obama, his family and the American people in a separate statement earlier Friday, while responding to the latest wave of US sanctions against Russia.

Why celebrate the New Year? Under President Trump, 2017 could be even worse

Though 2016 has been, for many, one of the most harrowing and depressing years in recent memory - with the deaths of many beloved entertainers and artists, the rise of far-right populism throughout the Western world, and the ongoing geopolitical crises in the Middle East, to name just a few reasons - there is little reason to celebrate the year's end this weekend, or to be hopeful for 2017.

Gazette chooses 2016 top stories

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters as he exits the Holiday Inn Express in Janesville following a rally on Tuesday, March 29. Trump's stop in Janesville marked his first visit to Wisconsin ahead of the April 5 primary. Jessica Warner-Reed wipes her eyes during her sentencing Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at the Rock County Courthouse in Janesville.

Trump gains steam in NH

The Granite State took its turn in the national spotlight this year with the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, a close presidential general election, and significant swings in state and local races. The January primary set the stage for Donald Trump with his first primary victory in the crowded Republican field.

The top 10 stories of 2016

Donald Trump The top 10 stories of 2016 Four Cabinet spots still open in the Trump administration McCain: There must be a 'price to pay' for Russian hacking MORE announced his bid for the White House in June 2015, the effort was widely dismissed as a self-promotional gambit by the New York property developer. Instead, Trump vanquished a huge Republican primary field that included big names such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio The top 10 stories of 2016 #Rexit: Tell Senate to reject Rex, confirm Romney for Secretary of State.

Death to 2016

I've seen a lot of articles saying don't be down on 2016 cause people die every year, but stack of dead famous people is just one little factor.

Perspective: Looking ahead to a busy 2017 agenda

On Jan. 3, the 115th Congress officially kicks off. I am ready to get to work with my colleagues and the Trump Administration to start passing an agenda that Americans want to see implemented and the next few months are going to be extremely busy doing just that.

Inside US President Barack Obama’s star-studded farewell party

A who's who of Hollywood and music A-listers turned out to see off US President Barack Obama at his last knees-up at the White House on Friday night . The evening was held to celebrate the end of Obama's eight years in office, ahead of incoming president Donald Trump taking office after his inauguration on January 20. Among the guests at the shindig were film stars like Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Olivia Wilde, and director George Lucas, alongside famous TV faces including Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Hamm and Lena Dunham.

Speculation over Broncos coach Gary Kubiak’s future heats up

Denver's five-year p... By The Associated Press Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he expects President-elect Donald Trump will boldly use Twitter to make major policy announcements. By The Associated Press Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he expects President-elect Donald Trump will boldly use Twitter to make major policy announcements.

Alabama-Clemson 2: New characters, plot lines for CFP sequel

Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams runs as Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward pursues during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. By The Associated Press Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he expects President-elect Donald Trump will boldly use Twitter to make major policy announcements.

Congress must act on voting rights

President-elect Donald Trump greets Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's picks for attorney general, during a thank you rally in Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Dec. 17 in Mobile, Alabama. In Sessions, Trump has found an ally to curtail minority voting rights.

Congress must act on voting rights

President-elect Donald Trump greets Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's picks for attorney general, during a thank you rally in Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Dec. 17 in Mobile, Alabama. In Sessions, Trump has found an ally to curtail minority voting rights.

White births, migration explain why Texas remains a red state

Erika Jaramillo, center, and others hold signs supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a Democratic National Convention watch party in San Antonio on July 26. In Texas, where 39 percent of the population is Hispanic, Democrats have been shut out of statewide elections for decades. That is likely to occur for decades to come if the statistic bear out.

White births, migration explain why Texas remains a red state

Erika Jaramillo, center, and others hold signs supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a Democratic National Convention watch party in San Antonio on July 26. In Texas, where 39 percent of the population is Hispanic, Democrats have been shut out of statewide elections for decades. That is likely to occur for decades to come if the statistic bear out.

Advocates of hate crimes law ready to try again

When advocates for a hate-crimes bill took their case to the Legislature last year, their cause was quickly overshadowed by a separate effort to expand the state's civil rights law to include LGBT protections. The latter measure, which ultimately failed, became known derisively as the "bathroom bill" with opponents who claimed, falsely, that it would allow predatory men to sneak into women's restrooms.

Advocates of hate crimes law ready to try again

When advocates for a hate-crimes bill took their case to the Legislature last year, their cause was quickly overshadowed by a separate effort to expand the state's civil rights law to include LGBT protections. The latter measure, which ultimately failed, became known derisively as the "bathroom bill" with opponents who claimed, falsely, that it would allow predatory men to sneak into women's restrooms.

Patients have therapy options

The introduction of a new therapy provider at We CARE, 501 Valley View Blvd., coincides with the relocation of services for the former provider, leaving families with two options. The new We CARE therapy provider, Kids First, will be conducting interviews for therapists next week as it begins a new contract with Tyrone Hospital to provide children therapy at the center, said Kids First founder Jackie Clouser.

Patients have therapy options

The introduction of a new therapy provider at We CARE, 501 Valley View Blvd., coincides with the relocation of services for the former provider, leaving families with two options. The new We CARE therapy provider, Kids First, will be conducting interviews for therapists next week as it begins a new contract with Tyrone Hospital to provide children therapy at the center, said Kids First founder Jackie Clouser.

Eichelberger plans – aggressive agenda’

"We want to measure programs and spend money on what works and not on what doesn't. We have government schools, private schools, parochial schools, cyber charters - and public money is spent on all of these things," The Blair County Republican and the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the public school teachers union, have had an adversarial relationship through the years.

Eichelberger plans – aggressive agenda’

"We want to measure programs and spend money on what works and not on what doesn't. We have government schools, private schools, parochial schools, cyber charters - and public money is spent on all of these things," The Blair County Republican and the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the public school teachers union, have had an adversarial relationship through the years.

Ex-POW from Hillary Clinton campaign ads dies

Joel Sollender, a Jewish World War II veteran and former prisoner of war, who appeared in an ad on behalf of Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, September, 2016. Joel Sollender, a World War II prisoner of war who appeared in television ads for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, has died.

Ex-POW from Hillary Clinton campaign ads dies

Joel Sollender, a Jewish World War II veteran and former prisoner of war, who appeared in an ad on behalf of Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, September, 2016. Joel Sollender, a World War II prisoner of war who appeared in television ads for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, has died.

Search suspended for 6 after small plane disappears

Search suspended for 6 after small plane disappears The plane was traveling from Cleveland to Columbus. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2iLf0zw Three adults and three children were on board a plane that went missing on it's way to the Ohio State University airport.

Search suspended for 6 after small plane disappears

Search suspended for 6 after small plane disappears The plane was traveling from Cleveland to Columbus. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2iLf0zw Three adults and three children were on board a plane that went missing on it's way to the Ohio State University airport.

Kellyanne Conway’s husband on short list for top US lawyer job

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway says his supporters feel betrayed that Mitt Romney, a vocal Trump critic, is being considered for secretary of state. George Conway, a corporate attorney who is married to one of President-elect Donald Trump's senior advisers, is on the shortlist of candidates to be nominated as US solicitor general, two sources familiar with the process told CNN.

Kellyanne Conway’s husband on short list for top US lawyer job

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway says his supporters feel betrayed that Mitt Romney, a vocal Trump critic, is being considered for secretary of state. George Conway, a corporate attorney who is married to one of President-elect Donald Trump's senior advisers, is on the shortlist of candidates to be nominated as US solicitor general, two sources familiar with the process told CNN.

Swastika

The Ellis family's home at the beginning of Hanukkah, left, and early Friday morning when the menorah was vandalized, right. When Naomi and Seth Ellis's young sons said that they wanted lights on their house in Chandler, Ariz., like all their neighbors' Christmas decorations, the parents knew what to tell their three Jewish boys: Yes.

Swastika

The Ellis family's home at the beginning of Hanukkah, left, and early Friday morning when the menorah was vandalized, right. When Naomi and Seth Ellis's young sons said that they wanted lights on their house in Chandler, Ariz., like all their neighbors' Christmas decorations, the parents knew what to tell their three Jewish boys: Yes.

UPDATE 1-U.S. scrambles to clear egg exports to bird flu-hit Korea

U.S. officials are urgently seeking an agreement with South Korea that would allow imports of American eggs so farmers can cash in on a shortage caused by the Asian country's worst-ever outbreak of bird flu. The two sides are negotiating over terms of potential shipments after South Korea lifted a ban on imports of U.S. table eggs that it imposed when the United States grappled with its own bout of bird flu last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

UPDATE 1-U.S. scrambles to clear egg exports to bird flu-hit Korea

U.S. officials are urgently seeking an agreement with South Korea that would allow imports of American eggs so farmers can cash in on a shortage caused by the Asian country's worst-ever outbreak of bird flu. The two sides are negotiating over terms of potential shipments after South Korea lifted a ban on imports of U.S. table eggs that it imposed when the United States grappled with its own bout of bird flu last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tennis, sailing or spying? U.S. shuts 2 Russian compounds

Two luxury retreats in New York and Maryland where Russian diplomats have gone for decades to play tennis, sail and swim were shut down by the Obama administration Friday in retaliation for Moscow's cyber-meddling in the presidential election. About a half-hour before the noon eviction deadline, caravans of diplomatic vehicles, some carrying boxes, left both Russian compounds under the watch of U.S. State Department agents.

Some power restored to N.C. governor-elect – for now

A North Carolina judge granted a small victory to the state's incoming Democratic governor on Friday, temporarily blocking a law by Republican lawmakers stripping him of control over elections in a legislative power play just weeks ago. Wake County Superior Court Judge Don Stephens blocked the new law, which would end the control governors exert over statewide and county election boards, as Gov.-Elect Roy Cooper is set to take office Sunday.

Some power restored to N.C. governor-elect – for now

A North Carolina judge granted a small victory to the state's incoming Democratic governor on Friday, temporarily blocking a law by Republican lawmakers stripping him of control over elections in a legislative power play just weeks ago. Wake County Superior Court Judge Don Stephens blocked the new law, which would end the control governors exert over statewide and county election boards, as Gov.-Elect Roy Cooper is set to take office Sunday.

Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont

A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by President Barack Obama's administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials. While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a security matter, the penetration of the nation's electrical grid is significant because it represents a potentially serious vulnerability.

Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont

A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by President Barack Obama's administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials. While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a security matter, the penetration of the nation's electrical grid is significant because it represents a potentially serious vulnerability.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing plane with 6 onboard

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for an airplane that was carrying a beverage distribution company executive and five other people when it vanished over Lake Erie shortly after takeoff from the city's lakeshore airport. The Coast Guard said it would step aside to allow Cleveland to begin recovery efforts of the plane and the victims.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing plane with 6 onboard

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for an airplane that was carrying a beverage distribution company executive and five other people when it vanished over Lake Erie shortly after takeoff from the city's lakeshore airport. The Coast Guard said it would step aside to allow Cleveland to begin recovery efforts of the plane and the victims.