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BEIRUT (AP) — For the first time in four years, the Syrian government is in full control of Syria's largest city, Aleppo. The last opposition fighters and civilians were bused out of the eastern districts of the city, which had been a stronghold of the rebellion against President Bashar Assad. Recapturing the city is Assad's most significant victory since an uprising against his family's four-decade rule began in 2011.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved restarting normal operations at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository. It's a major step for U.S. officials aiming to reopen the facility nearly three years after a radiation leak. The leak contaminated much of the underground disposal area. Shipments of waste at national laboratories and other defense sites nationwide have been piling up during the shutdown.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The FBI is assisting police in the Tampa Bay area as they look into potential terrorism activity by a 21-year-old man. This, after the man's father was taken to a hospital because of suspicious fumes in the family's home. A sheriff says there's no indication that Sherif Elganainy (EHL-guh-nay-nee) has terrorist ties. But the sheriff says because chemicals were found in his home -- and because he tried to wrestle a gun away from a deputy -- all leads are being pursued.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a month from taking office, President-elect Donald Trump has yet to hold the traditional news conference that most incoming presidents have held within days of their victory. It's now been 147 days since Trump held his last formal news conference as a candidate. He was scheduled to hold a press conference a week ago to discuss his plan to leave his sprawling business empire as he takes office. But that event was postponed. Trump made his battles with the media a centerpiece of his campaign and has shown little signs of relenting after winning the election.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has agreed to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony. The church announced on its website today that the 360-member volunteer choir will sing at Trump's swearing-in ceremony. The group has performed at a handful of other presidential inaugurals, including those of presidents George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. Trump had trouble during the Republican primary campaign winning over Mormon voters, who voiced skepticism about his candidacy.
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