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LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Several environmental and human rights groups are planning protests around Paris today to coincide with the end of two weeks of climate talks. A deal is reportedly being finalized and French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') plans to give a speech alongside U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

COACHELLA, Calif. (AP) — The FBI is assisting local law enforcement in the investigation of an arson fire at a mosque in Southern California. The fire at the Islamic Center of Palm Springs was contained to the small building's front lobby, and no one was injured. The mosque was hit by gunfire in 2014.

GENEVA (AP) — Security officials in Geneva say public events, including a popular costume parade, will go ahead as planned this weekend, despite the heightened security alert and an ongoing hunt for suspects believed to be linked to the Islamic State group. The Geneva department of security says "the level of vigilance remains unchanged for now." Swiss officials said Thursday that Geneva police were hunting for at least four suspects allegedly linked to IS and believed to be plotting a "specific" attack in the city.

SEATTLE (AP) — Crews in Oregon and Washington are making progress as they work to clear highways swamped by mudslides and high water from this week's torrential rain. But the forecast for today calls for more rain, and mudslide danger remains high.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is going after rival Ted Cruz. He launched a verbal assault on the Texas senator las night at a town hall event in Iowa. It came after word leaked that Cruz criticized Trump at a closed-door event. He criticized Cruz's opposition to ethanol subsidies, which are popular in Iowa. Trump accused Cruz of being beholden to big oil.

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