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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations. The resolution also calls for the "rapid, safe and unhindered" delivery of humanitarian aid throughout Syria. The final text dropped an endorsement of the Syria cease-fire agreement brokered by Moscow and Ankara.

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has ditched his press pool once again. This time, he went to play golf at his club in Jupiter, Florida, without telling reporters of his plans. A club member posted a photo on Twitter of Trump on the course this morning and said the president-elect was accompanied by about 25 U.S. Secret Service agents.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood has asked a federal judge to stop Texas from cutting it from the state's Medicaid program. The request to U.S. District Sam Sparks was filed late yesterday in Austin as part of a lawsuit filed last year. Texas is one of several Republican-controlled states that have sought to deny Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider. No public funding in Texas is used for abortions.

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — Funds are being raised to build an observatory and astronomy park named for the late space hero John Glenn at a state park in his native Ohio. Members of the nonprofit Friends of Hocking Hills State Park say they've secured half of the $1.6 million budget for the proposed project southeast of Columbus. They say the lack of light pollution in the area allows clear views of the night sky. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth and later became a U.S. senator. He died Dec. 8, at age 95.

NEW YORK (AP) — Officers patrolling New York City's harbor in a police boat have spotted a whale in the East River. The whale, possibly a humpback, was seen swimming along the shores of Manhattan's upper East Side, close to Gracie Mansion, where the mayor lives. A humpback whale was also spotted in the East River last month. The Coast Guard says it usually notifies mariners when it spots whales in busy waterways.

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