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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official says a suspect arrested after the truck attack in Berlin "comes from Pakistan" and had applied for asylum. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says that so far, authorities have no knowledge of a claim of responsibility from the Islamic State group. Among the 12 dead was a Polish citizen found on the passenger seat of the truck with a gunshot wound.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Russian investigators are working to determine whether the assassination of their country's ambassador to Turkey was the work of a lone gunman or part of a wider conspiracy. The two nations, which have backed opposing sides in the Syrian war, say they won't let the killing disrupt efforts to repair their relationship. The ambassador's assailant died in a shootout with police.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jumping ahead of investigators, President-elect Donald Trump is blaming Islamic terrorism for the deadly violence in Turkey and Germany and vowing anew to eradicate their regional and global networks. Trump's transition team did not respond to requests to cite the sources for his claims of terrorist involvement. Trump's statements came at the end of a day in which he was formally elected president by the Electoral College.
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama admits this past election was "painful." But in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on CBS, Mrs. Obama says she and the president are supporting Donald Trump's transition because "it is important for the health of this nation that we support the commander-in-chief." As for her own political future, Mrs. Obama says she won't run for public office.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers appear poised to repeal a controversial law widely derided as the "bathroom bill." The law requires transgender people to use restrooms corresponding with the sex on their birth certificate in many public buildings. As part of the deal, the Charlotte City Council has voted to repeal the local nondiscrimination ordinance that first prompted legislators to pass the state law.
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