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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian official says a chef is among the Russians being expelled from the U.S. by the Obama administration as part of sanctions in retaliation for cyber meddling in the U.S. election. Moscow's consul general in San Francisco says the chef is among four diplomats being removed from their West Coast posting. He says 31 of the 35 Russian diplomats ordered to leave the U.S. amid a hacking scandal are from the embassy in Washington. Moscow denies the allegations. Russian leader Vladimir Putin says he won't for the time being expel any American diplomats.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is urging the U.N. Security Council to quickly adopt a draft resolution endorsing the cease-fire agreement in Syria and reiterating support for a roadmap to peace that starts with a transitional government. The draft also calls for "rapid, safe and unhindered" access to deliver humanitarian aid throughout the country. Russia and Turkey, who brokered the agreement, circulated the text to Security Council members last night.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of a high risk of wildfires in parts of the Southern Plains and in Florida because of gusting winds and especially dry air. The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for much of Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas, southwestern Missouri and northern Texas on Friday. A warning is also in effect in west central and southwestern Florida, which has seen little rainfall in the past month.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The busy New Year's holiday weekend is likely to come and go before a Rio casino hotel tower in Las Vegas fully recovers from a power outage that prompted a 900-room evacuation. A spokesman for the Rio's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, says the company is testing to see whether rooms on the lowest 20 floors can be occupied. That could mean about 500 rooms would reopen in time for the holiday, when hotel rooms are scarce.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Zsa Zsa Gabor is being remembered for being the epitome of Hollywood glamour, an elegant and attention-seeking actress who paved the way for future generations of celebrities. Around 100 mourners gathered for her funeral today at the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills to pay respects to Gabor, who died Dec. 18 from a heart attack at age 99.

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