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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is suggesting that the United States must "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability." Trump tweeted today that the U.S. must bolster its arsenal "until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." The tweet comes a day after Trump met with several military procurement officers to discuss defense budgets. During the campaign, Trump had urged an expanded U.S. arsenal. And he suggested that the world would be "better off" if other countries, including Japan and South Korea, had nuclear capabilities.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that all the voters have been counted, the tallies show that Hillary Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes than Donald Trump. It's the largest popular vote margin of any losing presidential candidate. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, certified results in 50 states and the District of Columbia show Clinton winning nearly 65,845,000 votes, or 48 percent. Trump won nearly 62,980,000 votes, or 46 percent. Clinton is the fifth presidential candidate in American history to win the popular vote and lose the Electoral College.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state-owned media is reporting that the last remaining rebels are leaving eastern Aleppo with their families. A state TV station says the Syrian military is expected to announce Aleppo a fully "liberated" city once the last rebels leave. The evacuations were sent in motion last week after Syria's opposition agreed to surrender its last footholds in eastern Aleppo.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man charged in the burning of an African-American church that was spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" is requesting a public defender to represent him in court. Andrew McClinton of Leland made an initial appearance today, a day after being charged with a felony: first-degree arson of a place of worship. He has previously served prison time in Mississippi for armed robbery. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, which has an all-black congregation, burned a week before the presidential election. The bishop there says McClinton is a member of the church.

COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area coroner confirms the death of a young mother who starred in the MTV show "16 and Pregnant." Authorities in Chester County say 23-year-old Valerie Fairman died yesterday. The cause of death remains under investigation. Fairman appeared in the second season of the show in 2009-2010 when she gave birth to a daughter.

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