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Berlin police continue searching for driver ... Indonesian police thwart terror attack ... Navy scraps changing sailors' job titles



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BERLIN (AP) — "We may still have a dangerous criminal out there." That's what Berlin's police chief is warning after a man who was first thought to be the driver of a truck in Monday's Christmas market attack was released from custody. The man was arrested based on descriptions from witnesses, but even before his release, officials expressed doubt of his involvement. The Islamic State group is claiming responsibility for the attack that killed 12 and injured 48.

TANGERANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said three suspected militants were planning a holiday season suicide bombing, when they were killed in a raid Wednesday on the outskirts of Jakarta. It's the second imminent attack to be foiled in less than two weeks. A residential neighborhood was evacuated after several bombs were found in a house used by the men. Jakarta's police chief says the three planned to stage their attack on Christmas Day or New Year's.

TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — The governor of Mexico State is promising that authorities "are going to identify who is responsible" for Tuesday's fireworks market explosion killed at least 29 people and injured another 72. And the death toll could increase, with some people severely burned. One survivor says, "Everything was catching fire. Everything was exploding." The market had been well stocked with fireworks for the holidays.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is scrapping its decision to eliminate dozens of enlisted sailors' job titles, including many that end in "man." The decision to drop long-held traditional titles and instead refer to sailors by their rank was announced in September and signaled a sharp cultural shift for the Navy. But the proposed changes brought persistent complaints from sailors around the world. The Navy says it will continue to review ways to update the names.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of Newark, Jersey is calling for state officials to fire a Department of Labor employee accused of pulling a Muslim woman's hijab off her head and throwing it on the ground. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says the incident happened Dec. 5 at the city's One-Stop Career Center. The employee was arrested and banned from the business. But Baraka says that's not enough. He says Essex County prosecutors should have charged him with a hate crime.

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