By Mary Dixon

UPDATE: Russian president Vladimir Putin says those who spread “phony stuff” about US president-elect Donald Trump are, “worse than prostitutes.” Putin accuses the Obama administration of trying to undermine Trump’s legitimacy. (Also this morning, Ukraine has filed a case against Russia in the UN’s highest court, over Putin’s annexation of Crimea and backing of separatist rebels.) Nearly 10% of Congress will not attend this Friday’s inauguration. The Washington Post counts 42 Democrats sitting out following Trump’s attack against civil rights hero and fellow congressman John Lewis … General Motors and Hyundai will be announcing plans to bump up investments in their US plants.  Trump has been pressing automakers, and threatening big tariffs on German car companies … A fatal accident blocked the outbound Eisenhower between Damen and Sacramento. Illinois State Police report three deaths early this morning … The World Series Champion Cubs visited the White House yesterday … There’s a Dense Fog Advisory this morning … turning cloudy with a chance of light rain and temperatures in the low-40s today.


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