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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official says evidence points to an intentional act following a truck ramming at a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin. Twelve people were killed and about 50 were injured when the truck smashed through tables and wooden stands. Police have arrested a man suspected of being the driver. A passenger died. The truck's owner says he suspected the truck was hijacked.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is condemning "in the strongest terms" what it's calling the "terrorist attack" that assassinated Russia's ambassador to Turkey. The council also expresses "deep condolences" to the family of Ambassador Andrei Karlov and the Russian government. He was shot in the back by a police officer at an art gallery. The officer stood over his Karlov's body and condemned Russia's military role in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has locked up the electors he needs to win the Electoral College. Electors voted at state capitols on Monday. Protests by thousands around the country didn't result in the number of defections being sought. Even one of Trump's fiercest Republican rivals, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, said it was time to get behind the president-elect.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) —An investigation by a West Virginia newspaper, the Charleston Gazette-Mail, finds that drug wholesalers shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to West Virginia in just six years. More than 1,700 people fatally overdosed during that span. Federal health officials say four counties in the state lead the nation in fatal overdoses caused by pain pills.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee company that operates buses for charter schools in Nashville says it plans to add seatbelts to its entire fleet over the next two years in response to a fatal bus crash in Chattanooga that left six children dead. The crash has rekindled discussions about school bus safety and a local newspaper (The Tennessean) reports lawmakers are expected to consider requiring seat belts in the upcoming legislative session. Authorities say the bus driver who caused the crash was speeding.

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