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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The general manager of Trump Towers in Istanbul says the company is "assessing" its partnership with Donald Trump following his calls to ban Muslims from entering the United States. General manager Bulent Kural says the company "regrets and condemns" Trump's call, issued following last week's massacre in San Bernardino County, California. Kural says Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, either fails to understand Islam or is exploiting the religion for "small political calculations."
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new poll suggests that many voters don't think Donald Trump is likable, compassionate or especially honest, but they say he's decisive and competent. Eight out of 10 registered voters who answered an Associated Press-GfK poll say the Republican presidential candidate is very or somewhat decisive. At the same time, it finds much resistance to him from the country at large. The poll was taken before Trump called for a ban on Muslims coming into the United States.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Foreigners who enter the U.S. from Mexico will now have to have their faces and eyes scanned. The federal government is trying to crack down on people who overstay their visas, and up to now, authorities have had no way to identify them. On Thursday, Customs and Border Protection began scanning foreigners entering on foot at San Diego's Otay Mesa port of entry. In February, it will start collecting the same information on foreigners walking into Mexico through the checkpoint.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers and the White House are rushing to finalize a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill and a sprawling tax package before government funding expires midnight tonight. But policy disputes remain as both parties try to attach their priorities to the must-pass spending legislation. Republicans want to lift the oil export ban and roll back various Obama administration regulations. Democrats want to protect President Barack Obama's environmental rules and enact permanent tax credits for wind, solar and other renewable energy.
ISLAMABAD (AP) - A mother and her seven children were killed overnight by a fire the family had lit to keep warm in their hut in southern Pakistan. Police say the blaze engulfed the poor family's home, made of wooden planks and covered by bushes. Police say the father of the family was the only survivor but is badly burned and still unconscious.
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