The Obama administration set to announce measures, including sanctions, aimed at Russia for its alleged interference in the US elections. President Obama has ordered a full intelligence review of cyberattacks aimed at the election process. American intelligence agencies believe that state-backed Russian hackers worked to undermine the US elections possibly in an effort to hurt Hillary Clinton's chance or boost Donald Trump's.
A day after her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher passed away, her mother Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds was hospitalized and then died as well. Reynolds breakout roll was in Singin' In The Rain and quickly became a staple among Hollywood royalty. She famously divorced Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher's father, after his 1959 affair with Elizabeth Taylor.
President-elect Donald Trump remains at Mar-a-Lago in Florida on vacation. He took responsibility for 8,000 new telecom jobs, including at Spring Wednesday, but the company says those were part of the 50,000 jobs announced in an earlier deal announced at Trump Tower.
In a blistering speech Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration's decision to abstain from voting at the UN Security Council last week ... which allowed the passage of a resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Kerry says the U.S. has not changed its views on a two-state solution in the Middle East, but criticized Israel for expanding its settlements and said that if Israel pushed for a one-state solution, it quote "can either be Jewish or Democratic, it can not be both." Israel was quick to counter these statements. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issuing a statement saying the "Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders." and said he's looking forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump and the new administration to "mitigate" and eventually overturn the UN resolution. Trump tweeted: "We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!"
NEW YEAR'S EVE SECURITY
NYPD and Mayor de Blasio will hold a news conference in Times Square to discuss security preparations for the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. 555 new recruits graduated Wednesday and nearly all will be on duty during New Year’s Eve.
A storm system that moved through the Pacific Northwest yesterday and overnight is now pushing east and will combine with a southern system to bring rain and snow to the Northeast Thursday. This will be a rain event for DC, Philly, NYC and Boston and even for coastal Maine. The heavy snow will be in the mountains of Vermont, NH and Maine.
MN FLIGHT INCIDENT
A Delta flight from Minneapolis to Los Angeles was re-routed back to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after a couple were being disruptive Wednesday night. An airport official says the flight took off at 6:20 p.m., but arrived back at MSP Airport at 7:35 p.m. The man and woman allegedly refused to follow flight crew instructions, and were removed from the plane in Minneapolis by several police officers.
The older brother of JonBenet Ramsey is suing CBS and others for $750 million, saying his reputation was ruined after a television series that concluded he killed his 6-year-old sister two decades ago. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, Burke Ramsey claims that the network, its production company and the experts interviewed in the series on the unsolved murder conspired to defame him for publicity and profit.