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BERLIN (AP) — A series of New Year's Eve attacks in Cologne is producing calls from Chancellor Angela Merkel's party for stricter regulation of asylum seekers. Groups of men described by police as predominantly Arab or North African in origin allegedly committed sexual assaults and robberies. A proposal will go before parliament to conduct checks of identity papers, and also to exclude foreigners from being granted asylum who had been convicted of crimes.
NEW YORK (AP) — A 25-year-old New York police officer is recovering after being shot in the ankle early this morning while trying to break-up a fight that involved as many as 200 people in an unlicensed club in the Bronx. Police commissioner William Bratton tells reporters that at least 5 people were stabbed during the mele. Bratton says the officer shot and wounded 19-year-old Christopher Rice, who is said to have opened fire on police.
HURGHADA, Egypt (AP) — Officials say two police officers are dead after a shooting in Cairo. Egyptian officials say the officers were on their way to work. Police have been deployed to the scene to investigate the shooting and search for suspects. Egypt has for years been battling a Sinai-based insurgency, which has grown in strength since the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An estimated $800 million Powerball jackpot is shattering sales records ahead of tonight's drawing. Officials say that's increasing the odds of having a winner. They estimate some 65 percent of possible number combinations will have been sold by tonight.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of the powerful, international Sinaloa Cartel, who has twice escaped from Mexican prisons, is back in custody again. Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was captured by Mexican Marines after a shootout at the home in Los Mochis, a seaside city in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa. Officials say Guzman had apparently been planning a movie about himself. Calls have already begun to extradite him to the United States.