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BAGHDAD (AP) — The death toll has risen to at least 28 people in a pair of bomb blasts targeting a market in central Baghdad today. Police and medical officials sat at least 54 people were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts, but the Islamic State group has launched near-daily attacks in the Iraqi capital in recent months.

HONOLULU (AP) — Moscow is putting relations with the U.S. in a holding pattern following new sanctions the U.S. is levying in response to its finding of election hacking. Instead of responding immediately to the expulsions of diplomats, Russia is taking a wait-and-see approach, hoping that Donald Trump will reconsider. Trump tweeted praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin following his decision.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says a hacking episode in his state should highlight the urgent need for the federal government to "vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of Russian meddling." His statement came after a state electric utility, the Burlington Electric Department, confirmed yesterday it had found malware on one of its laptops that the U.S. government says is used by Russian hackers.

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say three firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a fire raged through more than a dozen storefronts on a block in New York City. The Fire Department of New York says about 180 firefighters were called to the blaze Friday night in the Kew Gardens neighborhood in Queens. Flames surged through the roofs of shops in a one-story commercial strip.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Brazil are holding three suspects in their investigation of the killing of Greece's ambassador to the country. Authorities say Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis was killed by his wife's lover under her orders in a house in the Rio area. A police officer, the ambassador's wife with whom he was having an affair, and the officer's cousin are in custody.

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