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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A state electric utility confirms it found on one of its laptops a malware code the U.S. government says is used by Russian hackers. The Burlington Electric Department said U.S. utilities were alerted by the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday of a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe. That's the name Homeland Security has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks. The utility says the laptop is not connected to its grid systems.

HONOLULU (AP) — Former ambassador Michael McFaul says Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't responding to sanctions imposed by the U.S. for Moscow's interference in the U.S. presidential election because he has higher goals. McFaul says Putin didn't reciprocate by expelling American diplomats because he wants a reset after Donald Trump takes the White House. The former Obama envoy to Moscow says Putin's goals include an end to sanctions and recognition of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will vote Saturday on a resolution that would endorse the cease-fire agreement in Syria negotiated by Russia and Turkey. It also calls for "rapid, safe and unhindered" access to deliver humanitarian aid throughout the country. Passage isn't assured. The U.S., Britain and France support the moderate opposition and demand that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad steps down.

JUNIATA TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A state trooper has been fatally shot. It happened Friday night at a home in Juniata (joon-ee-EHT'-ah) Township, in central Pennsylvania. The trooper had responded to a report of a protection-from-abuse violation. Officers on foot and in a helicopter are searching a rural area for the shooter.

DETROIT (AP) — Northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University has released its 42nd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. This year's list includes "you, sir," ''focus," ''town hall meeting," ''historic," ''echo chamber," and "bigly." ''Bigly" also made Merriam-Webster's Top 10 for 2016. President-elect Donald Trump was fond this year of saying "big league" but making it sound like "bigly."

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