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Trump’s criticism of Russia hacking claim could haunt him

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — Donald Trump held firm Monday to his skepticism of the huge intelligence apparatus he’s about to inherit, doubting anew the CIA conclusion that Russia tried to hack its way into tipping the U.S. election his way. Trump emphasized that he does not accept the conclusion that the Kremlin tried to disrupt the … Continue reading Trump’s criticism of Russia hacking claim could haunt him

Law officers ask Obama for help policing pipeline protests

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)(STL.News) Pipeline Protests — A dozen law enforcement officials in North Dakota are imploring President Barack Obama in a letter to send federal officers to help local police during protests against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline, citing costs, fatigue and a growing fear of vigilante justice. The officials asked Obama for … Continue reading Law officers ask Obama for help policing pipeline protests

Recount efforts end: Trump wins in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

(AP)(STL.News)Presidential election recount efforts came to an end Monday in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, with both states certifying Republican Donald Trump as the winner in contests that helped put him over the top in the Electoral College stakes. Trump’s victory in Wisconsin was reaffirmed following a statewide vote recount that showed him defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton … Continue reading Recount efforts end: Trump wins in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

Next on Michelle Obama’s journey: Figuring out next steps

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — After eight years as first lady, what Michelle Obama does next will be one of the most talked-about questions when the Obamas leave the White House. She’ll have a variety of options after being a high-profile advocate against childhood obesity, a sought-after talk-show guest, a Democratic power player and a fashion maven. … Continue reading Next on Michelle Obama’s journey: Figuring out next steps

Oil spurt drives Dow to record despite drop for most stocks

NEW YORK (AP)(STL.News) — Stocks mostly fell on Monday, but a spurt in oil prices helped push the energy sector higher and the Dow Jones industrial average to another record. The Dow rose 39.58 points, or 0.2 percent, to extend its record set on Friday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index, which is the benchmark … Continue reading Oil spurt drives Dow to record despite drop for most stocks

Geminids meteor shower peaks Tuesday amid full moon

(STL.News) — The Geminids meteor shower hits its peak on Tuesday, but a full moon will outshine the celestial show this year. NASA says the Geminids are one of the best and most reliable meteor showers. At its peak, 120 meteors can be seen per hour under perfect conditions. This year, the peak coincides with … Continue reading Geminids meteor shower peaks Tuesday amid full moon

‘La La Land’ waltzes off with most Golden Globe nominations

(STL.News) — Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles musical “La La Land” sang and danced its way to a leading seven Golden Globes nominations, with Barry Jenkins’ celebrated coming-of-age tale “Moonlight” close on its heels with six nods. “La La Land” earned nominations for its lead actors, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, as well as best picture, … Continue reading ‘La La Land’ waltzes off with most Golden Globe nominations

Alabama, Ohio State and Heisman winner lead AP All-Americans

(STL.News) — No. 1 Alabama placed four players on The Associated Press All-America team, most of any school, and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and fellow Heisman Trophy finalists Jabrill Peppers of Michigan and Dede Westbrook of Oklahoma were also first-team selections. The Crimson Tide and No. 2 Ohio State tied for the most players on … Continue reading Alabama, Ohio State and Heisman winner lead AP All-Americans