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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he won't kick American diplomats out of his country in retaliation for the U.S. telling 35 Russia diplomats to leave the U.S. Yesterday, the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in response to alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) suggested a tit-for-tat move.

BENIE, Poland (AP) — Mourners in Poland gathered today to say goodbye to the Polish truck driver killed in the Christmas market attack in Berlin. Poland's president was also at the funeral for 37-year-old Lukasz Urban in the western part of the country. Urban was waiting to deliver a shipment of steel in Berlin when his truck was hijacked by the Tunisian attacker on Dec. 19. Urban was shot and his body was found in the cab of the truck. The attacker plowed into the Berlin market, killing 11 other people.

UNDATED (AP) — Northern New England is feeling the effects of a powerful nor'easter. It's dumping a foot or more of snow on some parts of the region and making travel treacherous. The storm also has brought drenching rains, damaging winds and even thundersnow to some areas, and it's expected to continue through today. People in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are being told to stay off the roads.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir says she has resigned from the group over its decision to perform at next month's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Jan Chamberlin has posted her resignation letter to choir leaders on her Facebook page. She writes that by performing at the Jan. 20 inaugural, the 360-member choir will appear to be "endorsing tyranny and facism."

MIAMI (AP) — Three rookie police officers in Miami say they were only joking when, in a chat group, they mentioned using the city's primarily black neighborhoods for target practice. The Miami Herald reports that officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes and Bruce Alcin were fired two days before Christmas. Alcin is African-American and Valdes has a black grandfather. A police union says the officers should have been reprimanded, not fired.

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