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TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Rescue workers have been combing through the ash and charred metal left after a massive explosion destroyed an open-air fireworks market near Mexico City. Officials say 29 people were killed and scores were injured. The blast leveled stalls, burned cars and damaged nearby homes. There have been two previous explosions at the same market.

BERLIN (AP) — A man detained in Berlin yesterday just after a truck rammed into a Christmas market has been released due to a lack of evidence. The attack killed 12 people and injured nearly 50. That means the search continues for a suspect. The extremist group Islamic State is claiming responsibility.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says it's seized more than $3 million that was being smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico. The cash was found today inside two cars in Escondido, California. It's the largest cash seizure ever made by the Border Patrol in San Diego County.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Multiple criminal charges have been filed against four more officials in connection with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Named are former emergency managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, who are accused of failing to protect the residents from health hazards caused by contaminated drinking water. Two former Flint city employees are also charged. Experts say Flint's water system caused lead poisoning in children and likely caused an outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease linked to 12 deaths.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Police have confirmed four bodies were found on property linked to a former suburban New York police officer accused of killing four men who went missing during a drug deal this year. The Journal News reports a law enforcement official says the bodies were found in Otisville, an upstate community. The property is rented by the officer, Nicholas Tartaglione. The former Briarcliff Manor officer was arrested yesterday on charges of murder and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

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