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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, say one person was killed after an argument erupted at a crowded shopping mall this afternoon. They say detectives are investigating what they call an "officer-involved shooting." Police said in a statement that off-duty officers who were working at the mall arrived at the scene after the fight broke out. One person, described as "armed," was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has been celebrating Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Children were at the heart of this Christmas celebration. Some youngsters invited to attend came from countries that Francis has visited as pontiff. The youngsters left floral bouquets around a baby Jesus statue near the central altar after Francis unveiled and gently kissed the statue. On Christmas Day, tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to St. Peter's Square outside the basilica to hear the pontiff deliver a traditional message at noon.

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The annual festivities in Bethlehem's Manger Square are taking place as scheduled on this Christmas Eve, but other celebrations in the city have been canceled or toned down. The mood has been dampened by months of Israeli-Palestinian violence. Crowds are thinner than usual, and hotel rooms are empty.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor has granted pardons to 91 people for criminal convictions -- and they include actor Robert Downey Junior. He was pardoned for a nearly 20-year-old felony drug conviction that led to Downey's imprisonment for about a year. Governor Jerry Brown's office says the people who were pardoned have demonstrated that they have rehabilitated themselves. They've all been out of custody for at least 10 years.

NEW YORK (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 450,000 SUVs worldwide in two separate recalls that includes the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The automaker says about 353,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs with model years 2011-2012 are being recalled because wiring in the vanity mirror may overheat and create a fire hazard. No injuries or accidents were reported.

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