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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to vote Saturday on a resolution that would endorse the cease-fire agreement in Syria negotiated by Russia and Turkey. The resolution also calls for "rapid, safe and unhindered" access to deliver humanitarian aid throughout the country. Russia and Turkey are on opposing sides of the Syrian conflict: Moscow along with Iran provides crucial military support to Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Turkey has long served as a rear base and source of supplies for the rebels.

CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) — Two luxury Russian retreats in New York and Maryland have been shut down today by the Obama administration in retaliation for Moscow's cyber-meddling in the presidential election. The U.S. says the two Cold War-era estates were being used for intelligence activities. One is on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the other on Long Island's Gold Coast. In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin rejected a recommendation to expel American diplomats.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has quickly denied a request to delay a competency hearing for the white man facing a possible death sentence in the killing of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church. The judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation of Dylann Roof to take place this weekend and a hearing for Monday. In response, attorneys acting as Roof's standby counsel asked for a delay. The judge said no.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it's suspending search-and-rescue efforts for a plane that went missing over Lake Erie near Cleveland last night with six people onboard to allow the city to begin recovery efforts. The Coast Guard is no longer expecting to find anyone alive. The Coast Guard had been using planes, helicopters and a 140-foot-long cutter in searching a 128-square-mile area in the lake after the plane lost radar contact.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a woman driving at least 70 mph hit a hill and her vehicle launched into the roof of a group home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The front part of the home appears undamaged in photos posted online. Remarkably, no one inside was injured. WGHP-TV reports the woman was taken to a hospital. She is expected to be OK.

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