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BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Dozens of protesters have held a vigil in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley, after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police say pointed a gun at him. Berkeley's mayor says surveillance video appears to show 18-year-old Antonio Martin pointing something at the officer Tuesday night. Following the shooting, a crowd threw rocks and bricks at police. The next night was a quieter protest, but demonstrators blocked traffic at times, and at least six people were arrested.

ATLANTA (AP) — A lab technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is being monitored for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus. The CDC says the Ebola virus was on a sealed plate in a secure lab in Atlanta, but wasn't supposed to be moved into the lab in which the technician was working.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A company in Missouri is recalling its caramel apples because of possible listeria contamination. The recall affects Happy Apple brand caramel apples, which the company says are no longer available in stores, but people may already have purchased them. The recall comes after at least three deaths and at least 29 illnesses in 10 states that have been linked to an outbreak of the deadly bacteria.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In just a few hours, Pope Francis will deliver his Christmas speech in St. Peter's Square. On Christmas Eve, the pope held a late-night Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, and told the congregation, "How much the world needs tenderness today!" Francis also placed a phone call to some Iraqi refugees displaced by Muslim militants.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two people are dead after a small plane crashed not far from an airport in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California. The Amador County Sheriff's Office tells The Sacramento Bee that the plane went down Wednesday afternoon, about 40 miles southeast of Sacramento. Deputies and fire crews found the single-engine plane with the two victims.

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