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BERLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama has joined the leaders of key European countries in Germany to discuss an array of security and economic challenges facing the trans-Atlantic partners as Donald Trump is about to take office in January. Obama's meeting with the leaders of Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Spain is likely Obama's last such gathering. The talks come largely in the context of what the election of Donald Trump will mean to efforts to seek peace in Ukraine and Syria, the strength of the NATO alliance, trade agreements, efforts to fight climate change, and other pressing matters.

NEW YORK (AP) — It's unclear whether retired military intelligence chief Michael Flynn has accepted President-elect Donald Trump's offer of national security adviser. The Trump team confirmed the selection yesterday. Flynn has made it clear that he takes issue with President Barack Obama's approach to global affairs and fighting the Islamic State group. And Flynn has called for Washington to work more closely with Moscow, echoing similar statements from Trump.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal and the move to more electric-powered vehicles mean a loss of some 30,000 jobs. The German automaker announced the layoffs today, saying about 23,000 of the job cuts will happen in Germany, and that the company will save about $4 billion. Because of the emissions scandal, Volkswagen has agreed to pay $15 billion to U.S. authorities and the owners of some 500,000 vehicles that turned off emissions controls.

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A child's birthday party has turned deadly in western Tennessee. Police say at least seven people were shot, one fatally, when someone opened fire at a home in Dyersburg early yesterday evening. Dyersburg Mayor John Holden tells Memphis station WHBQ-TV that a woman was killed and a 6-year-old was wounded. Police believe the shooter knew the victims.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man accused of taking a pickaxe and sledgehammer to Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is scheduled to appear in court today on a charge of felony vandalism. Fifty-two-year-old James Otis says he had planned to steal the star, sell it and the give the proceeds to the women who accused Trump of groping them. The star was destroyed in the Oct. 27 incident, but has since been repaired.

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