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USA to provide Ukraine with 'enhanced defensive capabilities'

USA to provide Ukraine with 'enhanced defensive capabilities'

For years, the US has debated whether to provide Ukraine with "lethal" defensive weapons to counter separatists backed by Russian Federation in eastern Ukraine. That move was basically seen as a way to not show overt support against Russian Federation by providing lethal weapons to Ukraine. Ukraine accuses Russian Federation of sending the tanks, and the US says Moscow is arming, training and fighting alongside the separatists.


Second appeals court rejects delay in trans military enlistments

Second appeals court rejects delay in trans military enlistments

The nation's high court signaled on December 5 that it may ultimately uphold the restrictions that were issued in September when it allowed them to temporarily take full effect while the litigation play out. But there's no guarantee the justices will allow the administration to enforce the ban indefinitely after scrutinizing it more thoroughly. That court heard oral arguments on the case en banc last month, just days after the Ninth Circuit.


Coast Guard frees sea turtle entangled in bales of cocaine

Coast Guard frees sea turtle entangled in bales of cocaine

The innocent creature became entangled in dozens of bales of drugs as the intrusive objects floated straight into the sea turtle's natural habitat. Crews noticed the sea turtle had significant chaffing from the lines on his neck and flippers.


Snow Chances Increasing for Christmas

Snow Chances Increasing for Christmas

A messy wave of snow, sleet and rain this weekend is likely to hinder holiday travel and cause power outages in the southern part of the state, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou and Gray. Winter storm warnings are in place for York, Cumberland and southern Oxford counties, where cold surface temperatures are expected to freeze rain on Saturday as it falls from warmer temperatures at higher altitude.


Facebook's new tool reveals any fake Russian accounts you followed

Facebook's new tool reveals any fake Russian accounts you followed

The tool is also limited to pages associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and doesn't include other fake news purveyors. It shows users to see whether they engaged with Facebook pages or Instagram accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency between January 2015 and the August before last year's presidential election.


Cuomo: Prepay property taxes now to keep deduction

Cuomo: Prepay property taxes now to keep deduction

Flanagan said Cuomo's order "will give taxpayers another option to ensure they pay the lowest possible amount in federal taxes, and I encourage anyone who can to take full advantage". While legislators in the past criticized Cuomo's use of executive orders that they say often supersede the authority of the Legislature, one top lawmaker was on board with Cuomo's action on Friday.