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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials in Mexico City say at least 29 people were killed and more than 70 were injured by a massive chain-reaction explosion at an open-air fireworks market. It happened in a community on the outskirts of the capital. Many of the injured, including children, suffered severe burns. The blast -- a long staccato of bangs, booms and flashes -- charred metal stands that had been heavily stocked for holiday celebrations. The cause is under investigation. The blast was the third at the market in just over a decade.

BERLIN (AP) — German officials have expressed doubt that a Pakistani man released on Tuesday had anything to do with Monday's deadly truck attack in Berlin that killed 12 people. The extremist group Islamic State has claimed the attack was carried out by one of its so-called soldiers. Germany is not involved in anti-IS combat operations, but has jets and a refueling plane stationed in Turkey in support of the coalition fighting militants in Syria.

TANGERANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say three suspected militants have been killed in a raid Wednesday on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta. Officials say several bombs were found and are being defused. One person was captured. A spokesman says the three men threw explosives as officers raided a home.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some of the same legislators who passed the North Carolina law known as the "bathroom bill" nine months ago are returning to the capital Wednesday to consider repealing it. Governor-elect Roy Cooper blasted outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory over the law known as House Bill 2 during the governor's race. The fallout has drawn national criticism and caused job losses, canceled concerts and sporting events. It also contributed to McCrory's narrow defeat.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say a body found in a backyard is believed to be that of a former reality TV show contestant who vanished over the weekend. Family members say Lisa Marie Naegle was last seen getting into the car of an acquaintance before dawn Sunday after attending a birthday party in suburban Torrance. The acquaintance, Jackie Rogers, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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