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united na­tions» Ina strik­ing rup­ture with past prac­tice, the United States al­lowed the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on Fri­day to con­demn Is­raeli set­tle­ments in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a “fla­grant vi­o­la­tion” of in­ter­na­tional law. In do­ing so, the out­go­ing Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion brushed aside Don­ald Trump’s de­mands that the U.S. ex­er­cise its veto and pro­vided a cli­max to years of icy re­la­tions with Israel’s lead­er­ship.

The de­ci­sion to ab­stain from the coun­cil’s 14-0 vote is one of the big­gest Amer­i­can re­bukes of its long­stand­ing ally. And it could have sig­nif­i­cant ram­i­fi­ca­tions for the Jewish state, po­ten­tially hin­der­ing Israel’s ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion in fu­ture peace talks. Given the world’s wide­spread op­po­si­tion to set­tle­ments, the ac­tion will be al­most im­pos­si­ble for any­one, in­clud­ing Trump, to re­verse.

Nev­er­the­less, Trump vowed via Twit­ter: “As to the U.N., things will be dif­fer­ent af­ter Jan. 20th.”

Rock­ettes to per­form at in­au­gu­ra­tion. The Ra­dio

City Rock­ettes will be danc­ing at the pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion next month, but not every­one is kick­ing up their heels at the book­ing. One of the famed dancers took to In­sta­gram to say she was “em­bar­rassed and dis­ap­pointed” by the gig, trig­ger­ing calls for a boy­cott by some on so­cial me­dia.

Trump wel­comes “nice” let­ter from Putin af­ter nu­clear vow B

west palm beach, fla.» Af­ter months of promis­ing to en­gage more with Rus­sia, Don­ald Trump vowed to en­hance Amer­ica’s nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties, ad­mon­ish­ing Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on Fri­day that he hopes both global pow­ers can re­store col­lab­o­ra­tion so that “we do not have to travel an al­ter­nate path.”

Trump on Fri­day passed along a “very nice let­ter” that his tran­si­tion team said was sent to him by Putin. It urges Trump to act “in a con­struc­tive and prag­matic man­ner” to “re­store the frame­work of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.”

More states con­sider work­ing around the Electoral College

B hart­ford, conn.» Frus­trated af­ter see­ing an­other can­di­date se­cure the pres­i­dency with­out win­ning the na­tional pop­u­lar vote, mostly Demo­cratic law­mak­ers in sev­eral cap­i­tals want their states to join a 10-year-old move­ment to work around the Electoral College. In states in­clud­ing Con­necti­cut, Penn­syl­va­nia, Ohio and New Mex­ico, leg­is­la­tors have said they plan to in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion that would re­quire their state’s Electoral College vot­ers cast bal­lots for the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date who earns the most votes na­tion­wide, re­gard­less of statewide re­sults.

U.S. warns of pos­si­ble at­tacks on churches, hol­i­day gath­er­ings

B wash­ing­ton» Fed­eral of­fi­cials warned law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties across the na­tion Fri­day that Is­lamic State sym­pa­thiz­ers are con­tin­u­ing to call for at­tacks on churches and other hol­i­day gath­er­ing sites. The warn­ing was is­sued af­ter a pub­licly avail­able list of U.S. churches was posted on a mil­i­tants’ so­cial me­dia site. FBI spokesman An­drew Ames said U.S. cit­i­zens are ad­vised to main­tain aware­ness of their sur­round­ings and re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

Af­fi­davit: Road-rage killing sus­pect said car was too close B

lit­tle rock, ark.» A Lit­tle Rock man who fired his gun into a car, strik­ing and killing a 3-year-old boy, did so be­cause he thought the driver of that ve­hi­cle was fol­low­ing him too closely, po­lice said in an af­fi­davit re­leased Fri­day fol­low­ing the sus­pect’s ar­rest. Gary Eu­gene Holmes, 33, turned him­self in at po­lice head­quar­ters Thurs­day night, po­lice said.

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