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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has released its most detailed report yet on Russia's efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The 13-page joint analysis by the Homeland Security Department and the FBI ties intrusions into the Democratic National Committee to hackers with the Russian civilian and military intelligence services, the FSB and GRU. President Barack Obama has ordered sanctions against the intelligence agencies and officials. Thirty-five Russian officials have been ordered expelled and two Russian compounds in the U.S. are being closed. Obama says the measures are "not the sum total" of the U.S. response.
BEIRUT (AP) — One human rights observer says there is "calm" in Syria since a cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey went into effect at midnight. The truce was agreed to by mainstream opposition groups. The accord excludes extremist factions such as Islamic State. Russia says the measure is "quite fragile" and will require patience. Several previous cease-fires have collapsed.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former South Carolina police officer charged with murdering a black motorist who ran from a traffic stop will go on trial again on March 1. That's according to multiple media outlets. A jury couldn't reach a verdict in Michael Slager's trial earlier this month. The case drew national attention because of cell-phone video recorded by a witness. It showed Slager shooting Walter Scott in the back from a distance. Slager also faces charges in federal court. That trial is set to start May 1.
PHOENIX (AP) —Emergency officials in Phoenix say a suspected robber is in stable condition after being shot following an hour-long police chase that was carried live on TV and online. The suspect drove a small U-Haul truck through heavy traffic and went through at least one red light. The Phoenix Fire Department says the unidentified man was struck by a Taser and bullets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stage actor and screen actress Barbara Tarbuck has died. Tarbuck played Jane Jacks on "General Hospital" and Mother Superior Claudia on "American Horror Story: Asylum. She was 74. Her daughter says Tarbuck died Monday at her Los Angeles home. She had suffered from Creutzfeldt-Jakob (KROYTS'-felt YAH'-kohb) disorder, a rare, degenerative brain disease.
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