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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest utility says it's going to take a "multiple-day" effort to restore power to tens of thousands of customers following a powerful winter storm. The storm brought more than 2 feet of snow to parts of northern New England overnight. New Hampshire and Vermont also had plenty of snow but were largely spared from power outages.

MOSCOW (AP) — American diplomats in Russia will be staying put — for now. President Vladimir Putin says no U.S. diplomats will be ousted even though President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russians. The Russians were told to leave amid allegations of Moscow's meddling in the American presidential election.

BEIRUT (AP) — A nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey is generally holding. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a man was killed by sniper fire in eastern suburbs of Damascus, the first fatality since the truce went into effect. The group also reports an aerial attack on the rebel-held Barada Valley near Damascus.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The International Federation of Journalists says that 93 journalists and media staff were killed in targeted attacks, by bombs or by crossfire in 2016 while a further 29 died in two plane crashes. The number was down from 112 in 2015. Iraq still had the largest number of media killings with 15, ahead of Afghanistan with 13 and Mexico with 11.

NEW YORK (AP) — An HBO documentary about the relationship between actress-writer Carrie Fisher and her Hollywood legend mother, Debbie Reynolds, will air on Jan. 7. "Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds," was originally expected to premiere on the cable network this spring. But HBO moved it up after the pair's deaths.

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