Vladimir Putin may have had a personal hand in US election hacking by Russian entities
. This is according to new US intelligence that shows sophisticated tools, say, the kind that would need high level approval, were used. President Obama is not happy over the hacks, and said the US will need to "take action" against Russia
in the future.
We are in the second day of a ceasefire that has allowed thousands of citizens to finally leave Aleppo. However, for some evacuees, leaving simply means trading one war zone for another
: Idlib, a city that has also come under heavy fire from the Syrian regime. Meanwhile, Putin has called for a national ceasefire and treaty talks
as a way to end the war.
3. Charleston shooting
Dylann Roof has been found guilty of killing nine churchgoers at a South Carolina church in 2015. The question now is whether he will face the death penalty
. The jury will get to decide that next month. If he is sentenced to death, he will join the likes of other detested terrorists and killers who were handed the same fate, like Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
4. Winter weather
It's not your imagination, it really is blisteringly cold outside. Here's what that could mean for your holiday packages
(hopefully nothing), and here are some intense winter weather pictures from around the country
that you can show your friends who insist you're complaining for no reason.
5. North Carolina
North Carolina Republicans are rapidly rolling out bills intended to limit the power of their state's newly-elected Democratic governor
. It's being called a "power grab," and protesters flocked to the state Capitol in Raleigh on Thursday to voice their displeasure. Some were arrested, which added to the tense situation.
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And finally ...
Google's year in review is what we all need right now.
It's really difficult right at the beginning, but just keep watching. (Click to view