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Gen. Flynn gets the nod...Clinton will win popular vote... Obama urges Trump to take tougher line with Moscow



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NEW YOR (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is offering former Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the job of national security adviser. That's according to a senior Trump official. Flynn has called for Washington to work more closely with Moscow, echoing similar statements from Trump. But his warmth toward Russia is worrying some national security experts.

BERLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging President-elect Donald Trump to take a tougher approach toward Russia and "stand up" to Moscow when it violates global norms. In a news conference in Germany on Thursday, Obama said his hope is that Trump does not simply take "a realpolitik approach." That's a German term for a foreign policy driven by expediency. The Kremlin accused Obama of trying to lock in bad relations before Trump takes office.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite losing the election, Democrat Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote by more than 1 million votes as she runs up big leads in the biggest, bluest states. With more than 130 million votes counted, Clinton leads Donald Trump by more than 1 million votes. The Associated Press estimates there are more than 4 million votes left to be counted. The bulk of those votes are in California, so Clinton's lead is likely to grow substantially.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Inspectors charged with determining who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria will have another year to do their work. The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to approve a one-year extension of their mandate. Investigators have so far determined that the Syrian government was behind at least three attacks involving chlorine gas and the Islamic State group was responsible for at least one involving mustard gas.

ATLANTA (AP) — Delaware is the only state that has anything close to a comprehensive set of laws protecting patients from doctors who commit acts of sexual abuse. That's according to a 50-state examination by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Five categories of laws in every state were studied to determine the best and worst at shielding patients from sexually abusive doctors. No state met the highest bar in every category, although Delaware came closest.

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