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President Barack Obama said the US will take action against Russia for attempting to influence the election by hacking Democratic officials. Evacuations have been suspended in eastern Aleppo after rebels reportedly opened fire at a convoy. And Facebook has new measures to fight fake news.

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President Obama says the US will act on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections, that we need to take action and we will — at a time and place of our own choosing,” Obama told NPR. “Some of it may be explicit and publicized, some of it may not be.”

The Obama administration said earlier Thursday that the covert hack of Democratic Party officials’ emails ahead of the presidential election must have happened with the approval of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And the government organization that oversees the integrity of voting machines and election administration databases was hacked, according to a report released Thursday.

The birthers are back.

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday announced the results of a yearslong investigation that he claims proves Obama’s birth certificate is a forged document.

Citing forensic results from two investigations — one in Hawaii and one in Italy — Maricopa County Chief Investigator Mike Zullo said the president’s longform birth certificate was forged using one that belonged to Johanna Ah’Nee.

Arpaio later told reporters he wouldn’t take any questions because he “sometimes gets diarrhea of the mouth.”

Trump’s election boosted demand for Palantir shares, an investor says. Will Trump have any Latinos in his cabinet? A Democratic group and Clinton aides teamed up to sink Trump nominees. Microsoft cleared up its position on a Muslim American registry. And will the My Brother’s Keeper program continue in the Trump administration?


The crisis in Aleppo

The Syrian government has suspended the evacuation of eastern Aleppo amid confusing reports of pro-government militias attacking a convoy as it was leaving the devastated city.

"People have been waiting since yesterday morning," an activist waiting to leave the city confirmed to an Aleppo media group on WhatsApp. "It's so cold and there are no buses at all.” Around 6,000 people left the ruined city yesterday, but aid organizations say as many as 50,000 more remain.

Brita Hagi Hasan, the mayor of East Aleppo, has accused the international community of a “desperate silence” and of failing to protect the thousands of civilians still trapped there.

This is what the last 24 hours looked like in Aleppo. Here are some practical ways you can help the people of Aleppo.


Inside the turmoil at Faraday Future, the startup that wants to beat Tesla.

The electric-car startup says it will unveil its first production vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in three weeks.

Former Faraday employees told BuzzFeed News the company is headed toward its big reveal following a year fraught with employee attrition and financial troubles, including mounting unpaid bills, lawsuits from a supplier and a landlord, and a distracting side project undertaken at the behest of its largest investor. BuzzFeed News’ Priya Anand reports.


Facebook is turning to fact-checkers to fight fake news.

The social network is partnering with organizations that have signed on to the International Fact-Checking Network fact-checkers’ code of principles to enable them to verify selected links being shared on Facebook and have those fact-checks attached to the original link, writes BuzzFeed News’ Craig Silverman.

Other initiatives involve a tweak to the News Feed ranking algorithm, easier ways for users to report false content, and new ways to prevent scammers from making money from completely fake news.

The move comes after the company faced intense scrutiny for the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform during the election.

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Quick things to know:

  • US news: Dylann Roof was found guilty of murdering nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, and federal hate crimes. And federal law now guarantees you the right to leave a bad Yelp review.

  • Biz & tech: Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox announced it had made a formal $14.6 billion bid for British broadcaster Sky. And Facebook has accepted thousands of pounds from the far-right group Britain First to promote anti-Islam videos on the social network.

  • Science: The UK's first "three-person" babies could be born as soon as 2017, allowing women with mitochondrial disease to have healthy kids. Private donors will raise “billions of dollars” to save climate science. And meet the genetics startups who want to pay for your DNA.

  • Sports: Longtime NBA broadcaster Craig Sager has died at 65 after battling leukemia. He was known for his colorful suits.

  • Music: What is love? Where do broken hearts go? And do they know it’s Christmas time? Here are 32 questions from pop songs answered with actual data.


Under Trump, sanctuary cities may not be so safe. A BuzzFeed News investigation shows that the LAPD violated its own rule against cooperating with immigration agents, a scenario that may become more frequent if Trump targets undocumented immigrants.

The one man we can all agree on, Chris Pratt. In two short years, he went from the adorable chubby goofball on Parks and Recreation to one of the biggest movie stars in the world, his likability transcending our bitter cultural divide. But with the sci-fi romance Passengers, Chris Pratt is testing just how beloved he really is. Warning: This story contains SPOILERS.

How women modernized the Disney princess. As Moana continues to conquer the box office, meet some of the women who paved the way for princesses who don’t need princes or ridiculously small waists.

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