US slaps sanctions on Russia, expels 35 diplomats

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The State Department also has kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco, giving them…

Missouri Governor-elect Greitens to make budget cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens will make budget cuts after he takes office. Greitens’ senior adviser Austin Chambers announced plans for budget cuts Thursday but declined to provide further details, including how much spending previously approved by lawmakers the next governor will restrict. Greitens takes office Jan. 9. He replaces…