Actor William Christopher, who played the sensitive and soft-spoken Father John Mulcahy on the long-running CBS comedy “M*A*S*H,” died Saturday at his California home. He was 84. - Variety

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‘M*A*S*H’ Star William Christopher Dies at 84

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Clemson left no doubt it deserved a second chance to beat Alabama for the national championship with a 31-0 drubbing of Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Earlier, Alabama brushed aside Washington. - Yahoo Sports

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Clemson left no doubt it deserved a second chance to beat Alabama

Clemson pummels Ohio St to earn rematch with Alabama

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An attacker killed at least 35 people, including a police officer, in a popular night club in Istanbul, the city's governor says. Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review

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An attacker killed at least 35 people including a police officer in

35 dead after gun attack in club in central Istanbul

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A federal judge in Texas has ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force doctors to violate their religious beliefs. - Associated Press

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Texas judge halts federal transgender health protections

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Authorities Saturday morning called off a search for survivors of a plane crash over Lake Erie outside Cleveland Thursday night. Officials say the search is now a recovery operation that will employ boats and divers to locate the plane wreckage and bodies of the 6 people on board. - WKYC Channel 3 - Cleveland

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Authorities Saturday morning called off a search for survivors of a plane

Search for missing Lake Erie plane now recovery operation

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A ride at Knott's Berry Farm in Anaheim, Calif., carrying at least 18 riders became stuck 130 feet in the air and sparked a rescue operation Friday. Passengers are now being lowered one-by-one from the ride using a rope system. - ABC7

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A ride at Knotts Berry Farm in Anaheim Calif carrying at least

Knott's Berry Farm ride stuck 130 feet in air; rescue underway

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U.S. officials tell The Washington Post that code associated with a Russian hacking operation has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility. The code was not actively used to disrupt operations, officials say.
US officials tell The Washington Post that code associated with a Russian

Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont

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A divided Connecticut Supreme Court reinstated the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, rejecting a judge's finding that Skakel's trial was tainted by ineffective lawyering. - Hartford Courant

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A divided Connecticut Supreme Court reinstated the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction reinstated

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President-elect Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin "very smart" Friday for withholding reciprocal actions against the U.S. This comes one day after the Obama administration announced sanctions against Russia in response to cyber attacks during the U.S. elections. - CNN

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Presidentelect Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin very smart Friday for

Trump: Putin 'very smart' for decision to withhold sanctions

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The U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Royal Air Force are searching Lake Erie for signs of a small plane that went missing with six people on board. Airport officials say the passengers had attended a Cleveland Cavaliers game before departing the city for Columbus, Ohio. - WEWS-TV

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The US Coast Guard and the Canadian Royal Air Force are searching

U.S. Coast Guard searches for plane that went missing after takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport

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Fourteen million people are under winter advisories from a storm that is forecast to pound New England with more than a foot of snow, and a mix of ice and wind gusts up to 60 mph. - NBC News

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Fourteen million people are under winter advisories from a storm that is

Nor'easter pounding New England with more than foot of snow

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The White House ordered sanctions against Russian intelligence services and ejected 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States on Thursday in response to foreign hacks during the 2016 election. - The New York Times

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The White House ordered sanctions against Russian intelligence services and ejected 35

U.S. Punishes Russia for Election Hacking, Ejecting Operatives

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A Tunisian man detained in connection to last week's Berlin truck attack was released Thursday after investigators determined that he wasn't in contact with the main suspect immediately before the rampage. - Associated Press

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A Tunisian man detained in connection to last weeks Berlin truck attack

Germany: Tunisian Picked up in Berlin Attack Probe Freed

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Syrian government and opposition have agreed to a ceasefire starting midnight local time (5 p.m. ET). - The Guardian

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Syrian government and opposition have agreed

Syrian government and rebels have signed ceasefire agreement, says Putin

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Debbie Reynolds, the Oscar-nominated singer-actress who was the mother of late actress Carrie Fisher, has died at Cedars-Sinai hospital, her son Todd said. She was 84. - Variety

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Debbie Reynolds the Oscarnominated singeractress who was the mother of late actress

Debbie Reynolds dies at 84

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President Obama on Wednesday created new national monuments in a sacred tribal site in southeastern Utah and in a swath of Nevada desert, after years of political fights over the fate of the areas. - Washington Post

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President Obama on Wednesday created new national monuments in a sacred tribal

With new monuments in Nevada, Utah, Obama adds to his environmental legacy

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks that the Israeli government was undermining hopes of a two-state solution to its conflict with the Palestinians. Netanyahu called Kerry's speech "unbalanced" and said Israel is committed to "direct negotiations." The prime minister also thanked President-elect Donald Trump for his "warm friendship." - CNBC
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to US Secretary of State John Kerrys

Netanyahu slams Kerry's speech after thanking Trump for 'warm friendship'

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Massachusetts state lawmakers voted Wednesday morning to delay the opening date for recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts by half a year — from January to summer 2018. The extraordinary move, made in informal sessions with just a half-dozen legislators present, would unravel a significant part of the legalization measure passed by 1.8 million voters just last month. - The Boston...
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Massachusetts state lawmakers voted Wednesday morning to delay the opening date for

Mass. lawmakers vote to delay retail marijuana shops - The Boston Globe

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Secretary of State John Kerry warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Wednesday that the Israeli government was undermining any hope of a two-state solution to its decades-long conflict with the Palestinians, and said that the American vote in the United Nations last week was driven by an effort to save Israel from “the most extreme elements” in its own government. - The New York...
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Secretary of State John Kerry warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

Kerry Rebukes Israel, Calling Settlements a Threat to Peace

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Dylann Roof said he has no plans to call any witnesses or introduce evidence during the penalty phase of his hate crimes trial, The Post and Courier reports. Roof faces the death sentence after he was found guilty of 33 federal counts in the 2015 Charleston, SC, church shooting.

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Dylann Roof said he has no plans to call any witnesses or

Dylann Roof says he doesn't plan to call witnesses, offer evidence in his defense

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