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BERLIN (AP) — German officials are ordering flags at federal buildings to be flown at half-staff in the wake of Monday's truck attack in Berlin. Authorities say at least 12 people were killed and almost 50 injured when a heavily laden truck slammed into a Christmas market in the west of the German capital. Police say they are investigating a suspected "terror attack."

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish police have detained a man who fired shots in front of the U.S. embassy in Ankara. No one was hurt in the incident which occurred hours after a Turkish policeman, appearing to condemn Russia's military role in Syria, fatally shot Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov. The U.S. embassy is located just across the street from the art exhibition center where the ambassador was killed. The assailant died in a shootout with police.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A planned revolt against Donald Trump in the Electoral College has fizzled. Monday's results ensure that the billionaire businessman will become America's 45th president. As it turned out, there were more protest votes among Democratic electors than there were among Republicans. Trump finished with 304 votes and Hillary Clinton had 227. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency.

BEIJING (AP) — China has given back to the United States an underwater drone that it had seized last week near the Philippines. Chinese officials say the drone was removed from the water to ensure the safety of passing ships. But domestic political experts have read the move as a warning to Donald Trump not to test Beijing's resolve over Taiwan. China's defense ministry said it handed the drone back after "friendly consultations."

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two children who died saving the lives of even younger children are among 21 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. Eleven-year-old Natalie Renee Martin of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, died saving one sibling and trying to save two others in a house fire. And 10-year-old Kiera Vera Larsen of El Cajon, California, died pushing a toddler away from a moving car.

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