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BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of European Union countries are vowing to wage an "uncompromising fight against terrorism," and are calling for wide-ranging countermeasures. EU heads of state and government, meeting in Brussels, agreed today on the need for systematic and coordinated border checks to know who is coming and going. And they said they would quickly review proposals by the EU executive to clamp down on the illicit sale of firearms, especially high-powered semiautomatic weapons. It's the first time EU leaders have met since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 and wounded hundreds of others.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army says it has killed 23 suspected militants in northwestern tribal regions near the Afghan border. Pakistan has been waging a military offensive against al-Qaida and other militants in North Waziristan and other tribal regions bordering Afghanistan since June of last year.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are trading lower across all sectors in early trading as investors continue to worry about global economic growth. The Dow industrials have been more than 100 points lower this morning. Shares in shipping companies all fell sharply, reflecting concern that tepid economic growth will reduce trade volume. Boeing and American Airlines were also lower.

NEW YORK (AP) — More and more shoppers are deciding to do their buying from their couches, rather than head to stores this holiday season. According to First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments since the end of October, online sales growth so far this holiday season is surpassing growth in sales at physical stores. Sales growth for stores is up 2 percent, while online sales rose 4.6 percent.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign says the Democratic National Committee is temporarily preventing it from accessing the DNC's voter file. This, after a software error allowed at least one member of Sanders' staff to look at Hillary Clinton's private campaign information. The spokesman says the Sanders campaign has fired a staff member who reviewed the data but is blaming a vendor who runs the DNC's voter database for making "serious errors."

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