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HONOLULU (AP) — In a sweeping response to election hacking, President Barack Obama has sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and shuttered two Russian-owned compounds in the U.S. In a statement, the president said, "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," adding, "Such activities have consequences."

UNDATED (AP) — The number of police killed in the line of duty rose sharply in 2016, driven by shootings of police around the country. From Jan. 1 through Wednesday, 135 officers lost their lives. Some died in traffic accidents, but nearly half of them were shot to death. That's a 56 percent increase in shooting deaths over the previous year.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's iconic New Year's Eve celebration will be surrounded by sanitation vehicles to stop truck-driving attackers like those in Germany and France. The 65 garbage collection and sand trucks will be placed along Times Square's perimeter. A Dec. 19 attack in Berlin killed 12 people. A July 14 attack in Nice (nees), France, killed 86.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered another competency exam for Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, who faces the death penalty for killing nine black parishioners last year. But the judge says he finds no reason to delay or cancel the trial's sentencing phase, set to begin Tuesday. Roof, who is white, intends to represent himself.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Millions of workers across the U.S. will see their pay increase as 19 states bump up their minimum wages in the new year. California, New York and Michigan are among the states with increases taking effect Saturday or Sunday. Massachusetts and Washington state will have the highest new minimum wages at $11 per hour. California will raise its wage to $10.

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