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Awaiting Russia's response...Syria truce holding so far...Blue Bell asks for relief from special rules

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HONOLULU (AP) — Russia may respond in-kind after the United States unleashed a host of punitive measures against Moscow amid allegations that it engaged in cyber-meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign. As part of the punishment, the U.S. kicked out 35 Russian diplomats. President-elect Donald Trump says the U.S. should move on, but that he'll meet with U.S. intelligence leaders next week to learn more.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say there appear to be only minor violations of a nationwide cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported clashes early today between troops and rebels in the central province of Hama and near the capital, Damascus. While it could signal a potential breakthrough in the nearly six-year-long conflict, past truces have failed.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Chronicle is reporting Texas-based ice cream maker Blue Bell wants federal regulators to ease precautions in place since a deadly listeria outbreak and allow the company to return to more normal procedures followed by its competitors. Blue Bell had to shut its flagship Brenham creamery for several months after last year's recall was linked to 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities say a police officer is "out of surgery, stable and recovering well" after the man and a suspect were shot during a scuffle outside a north Texas restaurant. There's no word on the condition of the suspect. Police in Weatherford, Texas, say the shootings occurred during "an investigative traffic stop." Police say officers were trying to arrest a man on a warrant.

UNDATED (AP) — Ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and other shootings around the country led to a sharp increase in the number of police killed in the line of duty this year. Of the 135 officers who were killed from Jan. 1 through Wednesday of this week, nearly half were shot to death. That's a 56 percent increase in shooting deaths over 2015. Others died in traffic accidents.

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