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BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is in Afghanistan to assess the fragile security situation. Carter's visit comes as his top commander there, Gen. John Campbell, voiced concerns that foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq are joining with Afghans who have declared loyalty to the Islamic State group in the east, near the Pakistan border.
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (ahr-SEHN'-ee yaht-sehn-YOOK') says his country will not be repaying a $3 billion debt owed to Russia by this weekend, meaning Ukraine will be defaulting on the debt. Relations between the two neighbors soured after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in March 2014 and threw its backing behind separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A friend of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook has been ordered held until a bail hearing in federal court in California on Monday. Enrique Marquez Jr., is accused of buying the assault rifles Farook and his wife used to kill 14 people earlier this month. Marquez is also accused of plotting attacks with Farook in 2011 and 2012 that they never carried out.
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors said they'll charge a woman and a teenager with first-degree murder in the deaths of two young children found dead in a rented storage unit in California. Autopsies determined the children — ages 3 and 6 — died around Thanksgiving in Salinas of ongoing physical abuse. The charges against 39-year-old Tami Huntsman and the teen could be filed as soon as today.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran is promising to turn herself in at a county jail to serve 30 days as partial punishment for siphoning money from her election account to fuel a gambling addiction. The 60-year-old Republican has been ordered to report this morning to the Santa Fe County Adult Correctional Facility. She pleaded guilty to felony counts of embezzlement and money laundering.
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