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37 dead in Taliban assault on Kandahar ... Volkswagen says CO2 emissions problem smaller than thought ... Time magazine names Person of the Year

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says at least 37 people have been killed as the Taliban continues a nearly 24-hours-long assault on the southern city of Kandahar. The ministry says another 35 people are wounded and nine attackers have been killed. Officials say just one attacker continues to battle security forces. The Taliban have expanded their footprint across the country in recent months, and in September captured and held the northern city of Kunduz for three days.

PARIS (AP) — There's further confirmation that the deadly Paris attacks were carried out largely, if not entirely, by Europeans trained by the Islamic State group in Syria. Officials say the third person who carried out the Nov. 13 attack on the Bataclan concert venue has been identified as Foued Mohamed-Aggad, who traveled to Syria in late 2013. Mohamed-Aggad was identified after his mother received a text message announcing her son's death "as a martyr" - a typical way that IS notifies families of casualties.

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says a problem with carbon dioxide emissions is far smaller than initially suspected. Volkswagen already was dealing with the fallout from cheating on U.S. emissions tests for nitrogen oxide in diesel vehicles when it revealed "unexplained inconsistencies" in the carbon dioxide emissions from 800,000 vehicles. That initial figure would have cost Volkswagen $2.2 billion on top of the costs in dealing with the diesel emissions scandal.

NEW YORK (AP) — German Chancellor leader Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) has been named Time's Person of the Year. The seven other finalists include Donald Trump, the Black Lives Matter protest movement and Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick. Time's Person of the Year was announced this morning on NBC's "Today" show.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general wants people to be careful when buying those pricey Bruce Springsteen concert tickets. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent letters to StubHub, TicketNetwork and Vivid Seats asking about the practice of offering seats on secondary markets when the seller may not possess the tickets, and if that amounts to deceptive advertising. Hundreds of seats have already been listed for up to $5,000 or more on resale sites, but tickets for the 2016 tour don't go on sale until Friday.

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