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HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is responding strongly to Russia's hacking of the U.S. presidential campaign with a sweeping set of punishments targeting Russia's spy agencies and diplomats. The U.S. says Russia tried to sway the election for Donald Trump by conducting cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman. President Barack Obama says "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions."

BEIRUT (AP) — A cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey is in effect in Syria and is raising hopes for a political settlement to the ruinous war that has left more than a quarter-million people dead and triggered a refugee crisis across Europe. But several previous cease-fires in the Syrian civil war all collapsed, If it does hold, the truce between the Syrian government and the country's mainstream rebel forces will be followed by peace talks next month in Kazakhstan.

TOLOTANGGA, Indonesia (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit a region in the eastern part of Indonesia on Friday. The agency says the earthquake hit about 6:30 a.m. in the Sumbawa region. Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency says the earthquake was also felt in the neighboring province of East Nusa Tenggara and the tourist island of Bali. The agency says there are no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Army is investigating a helicopter crash in Galveston Bay that killed two soldiers. Officials say they recovered the body of one of the soldiers. The Texas Army National Guard helicopter broke apart on a routine training mission Wednesday afternoon and crashed into the bay about 25 miles southeast of Houston. The Army's Centralized Accident Investigative Team based at Fort Rucker, Alabama, is investigating.

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — Two brothers accused of stabbing a father to death in front of his 4-year-old son at a Target store in the San Francisco Bay Area on Christmas Eve are being charged with murder. Police say the father was in the toy aisle when he asked the two men to turn down loud music that had inappropriate language for children. An altercation broke out. That led to the stabbing.

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