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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is praising Russian President Vladimir Putin for holding off on retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the Obama administration for Russia's interference in the U.S. election. Trump, on Twitter, hails what he calls Putin's "Great move on delay." Trump has been slow to criticize Putin and has questioned U.S. intelligence linking Russia to campaign hacks.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A few Republican senators say they'll push for stronger sanctions against Russia than those imposed by President Barack Obama. Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have released a statement saying they'll hold a hearing next week on "foreign cyber threats." McCain chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee.

BEIRUT (AP) — Despite minor violations, the nationwide Syrian cease-fire appears to be holding. The truce was negotiated by Turkey and Russia. U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien has urged the Syrian government to give the green light for the United Nations to deliver aid to thousands in need and ensure aid workers' safety.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys for media organizations are fighting for the release of confidential documents related to the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case in which two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie were convicted in a political retaliation plot. A judge in Newark is reviewing which previously sealed documents can be released and if deleted portions of some documents can be restored. She is scheduled to rule by mid-January.

NEW YORK (AP) —A dozen storefronts have gone up in flames in New York City. The blaze broke out late Friday in a commercial strip in the Kew Gardens neighborhood in Queens. Three firefighters have been injured. More than 180 firefighters were called to battle flames surging through the roofs of shops in the one-story commercial strip.

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