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China

China's manufacturing expands for 5th consecutive month - AP

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television

NBC avoids midnight blackout by extending negotiations with Charter Communications - New York Post

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Muncie, IN, US

JUST IN: Police investigating reported bomb threat at Muncie Walmart; officers haven't found anything after around 10 minutes on scene - @FOX59

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Muncie, IN, US

JUST IN: Muncie police investigating reported bomb threat at Walmart on Clara Ln; officers haven't found anything after around 10 minutes - @CBS4Indy

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India demonetization 2016

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi says nation's demonetization push is 'historic purification ritual' to cleanse the system of tax evasion and corruption - AP

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European migrant crisis

Romanian border guards discover 48 Iraqi citizens hidden away in a truck that officially was transporting boxes of chocolate - AP

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Burlington, VT, US

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on attempted Russian hacking of Burlington electric grid: 'Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world's leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life' - NBC News

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F. Ross Johnson

F. Ross Johnson, former RJR Nabisco CEO whose exploits were chronicled in 'Barbarians at the Gate' book and film, dies at 85 - Wall Street Journal

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Burlington Electric Department

Burlington, Vt., electric utility, on report on Russian hacking, says it detected malware from hackers in single laptop 'not connected to our organization's grid systems'

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cybersecurity

Report: Russian hackers penetrated US electricity grid through a utility in Vermont; did not actively use code to disrupt, intentions unclear, US officials tell Washington Post

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Dow Jones Industrial Average

Editor's note: For 2016, the Dow finishes up 13.4%; the Nasdaq gained 7.5% and the S&P 500 added 9.6%. The Wall Street Journal notes that the Dow has tripled since its March 2009 low of 6,547. - Tom

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United States

US stocks falter in year's last session; Dow drops about 57, ending 2016 at 19,762 - CNBC

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Alhambra, CA, US

Armed standoff reported at the Toys "R" Us in Alhambra, Calif.; the area is on lockdown - FOX LA

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United States

US oil futures end slightly lower, but record first annual rise since 2013 - MarketWatch

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media

Walter Mattson, former president and COO of The New York Times, dies at age 84 - New York Times

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China

China to ban all domestic ivory trade and processing by end of 2017, state media reports - The Guardian

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Charter Communications

Talks between NBCUniversal and Charter Communications over carriage deal, set to expire Jan. 1, are said to be at an impasse - CNN

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India demonetization 2016

India's ATM daily withdrawal limit raised to ₹4,500 (about $66) starting Jan. 1 - NDTV

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gold

Gold futures close down 0.5% but finish 2016 up 9% - MarketWatch

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chocolate

William Salice, the inventor of Kinder Surprise (chocolate with a toy inside) has died at age 83 - DPA

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