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BEIJING (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's break with long-time diplomatic tradition by talking directly with Taiwan's president has apparently rattled China's cage. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi calls it "just a small trick by Taiwan." But Shi Yinhong of Renmin University in Beijing, one of China's best-known international relations scholars, says " concerns are mounting" about U.S. policy toward China under Trump.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 100-page report on cybersecurity makes 16 urgent recommendations on the heels of the worst hacking of U.S. government systems in history and accusations against Russia. The Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity recommends an end to traditional passwords and the training of 100,000 new cybersecurity workers by 2020, among other things.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California is mourning a professor stabbed to death on campus, allegedly by a student. University officials say the attack that killed psychology Professor Bosco Tjan was not a random act but the result of a personal dispute. A suspect is in custody.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's death penalty law is being challenged in court over the ability of judges to override jury recommendations in capital cases. An Alabama inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his upcoming execution to consider the question. A jury recommended life in prison for Ronald Bert Smith but a judge imposed the death sentence. The state claims its law is constitutional.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A second man is in custody in a New Orleans shooting that left one person dead and nine others injured. Acting on information gathered in the investigation, Louisiana State Police found and arrested Kavon Manuel at a home in the Lafayette, Louisiana, area Friday. Police say the two suspects had an ongoing dispute and encountered one another on Sunday on bourbon Street.

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