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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama has ordered a sweeping response to election campaign hacking and other behavior by the Russians. The president says "Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian officials, shut down two Russian-owned compounds and placed sanctions on Russian intelligence services and their top officials. He says there will be other actions as well. The government has provided computer specialists with a detailed report of Russia's hacking infrastructure to prevent more hacking.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has reacted to U.S. sanctions against Russia for what intelligence agencies say was Russian hacking and interference with the presidential election. Trump released a statement saying the U.S. should "move on to bigger and better things." He also said he would meet next week with intelligence leaders for an update. Other Republicans are voicing support of the sanctions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says "the Russians are not our friends" and is promising that Congress will conduct reviews. Two other Republican Senators, John McCain and Lindsey Graham say Russian cyberattacks on the 2016 election were a "brazen attack on American democracy."

BEIRUT (AP) — Another cease-fire is in effect in Syria, where six-years of civil war have left more than a quarter-million people dead and triggered a refugee crisis across Europe. The latest truce was put together by Russia and Turkey and is with mainstream rebel groups. Russia says If the truce holds, it could be followed by peace talks next month in Kazakhstan.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A co-chairman of Republican Donald Trump's New York presidential campaign who made a racist remark about the first lady and an insult to President Barack Obama has been asked to resign immediately from a school board. Millionaire developer Carl Paladino said he hoped Obama would die of mad cow disease and that Michelle Obama would live with a gorilla in Africa. In a special meeting today, the Buffalo school board voted 6-2 to call for Paladino to step down within 24 hours or be removed by the state education commissioner.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Devout Charles Mansion cult killer Patricia Krenwinkel has told a parole board that she's a changed woman, not the "monster" she was when she helped kill pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people in 1969. Krenwinkel, who is 69, has been denied parole 13 times. In her 47 years behind bars, she has earned a degree, taught inmates to read and helped train service dogs for disabled people.

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