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MOSCOW (AP) — Investigators haven't ruled out that something was done mechanically to bring down a Russian military plane on Sunday, but they say that flight recorders show no evidence of an explosion. A Russian military official says recorded cockpit conversation contains the captain's words that indicate that a "special situation" began unfolding just minutes after taking off from Sochi, Russia. All 92 people on board were killed.
BEIRUT (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says a Syrian cease-fire agreement has been reached with Turkey. Putin says Russia and Turkey will guarantee the truce, which is set to begin at midnight. He says it will be followed by peace talks between Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and the opposition. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that President-elect Donald Trump's administration will be welcome to join the Syrian peace process once he takes office.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump says Israel is being treated "very, very unfairly." Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry angered Israel after saying that Israel's continued settlement-building on land the Palestinians claim is leading to an "irreversible one-state reality." Trump yesterday refused to directly answer a question about whether Israel should stop building settlements, but he said countries that are "horrible places" never get reprimanded.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother and daughter of a Hollywood family have died in the same week. Just one day after actress Carrie Fisher died, so has her mother, Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds' son Todd Fisher says his mother missed his sister, and told him "I want to be with Carrie." Debbie Reynolds was 84. Carrie Fisher died Tuesday at age 60 after falling ill on a plane on Friday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who had been missing along with her young great-granddaughter, is in serious condition in a hospital, after the two were located yesterday. Virginia State Police say 71-year-old Barbara Briley was found unconscious and beside a tree in remote woods south of Richmond. Five-year-old La'Myra Briley was next to her and appeared unharmed. Authorities say the two likely became stranded after setting out on a holiday road trip several days ago. The property owner spotted the two and called 911.
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