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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order today in response to Russian hacking of American political sites and email accounts. A U.S. official says the steps are expected to include action by the White House and the State and Treasury departments. The official says Russian diplomatic activities also are expected to be targeted.

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's president is urging all sides to abide by a cease-fire agreement due to take effect in Syria tonight, calling it a "window of opportunity that should not be squandered." Noting that the cease-fire doesn't apply to terror organizations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) says Turkey will press ahead with its military offensive to clear a border area in northern Syria from Islamic State militants.

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops are again pushing into Mosul, battling Islamic State fighters for control of Iraq's second-largest city. The U.S.-led coalition says the offensive launched today opened two new fronts in eastern Mosul. The coalition says its warplanes struck bridges in the city earlier this week to limit the militants' ability to reinforce and resupply their fighters.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida man accused of making Facebook threats against President-elect Donald Trump will remain in jail. Kevin Krohn agreed not to seek release during a brief appearance today in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. The Sun Sentinel reports Krohn was arrested last week after Secret Service agents said he posted threats on Facebook. Court records show that he described Trump as "an enemy of the state" and posted a picture of a man in camouflage holding a scoped sniper rifle.

NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say they have recaptured the last of six prisoners who broke out of jail on Christmas Day. The Cocke (kahk) County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets that 54-year-old David Frazier was arrested yesterday in Georgia. Deputies say the six inmates escaped through a hole in a wall they created by removing a toilet. The other five were quickly recaptured.

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