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TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — The president of Mexico is expressing condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in a huge chain-reaction explosion in a fireworks market. The series of blasts on the northern outskirts of Mexico City killed at least 29 people and left dozens more badly burned. The San Pablito fireworks market was especially well stocked for the holidays and was bustling with hundreds of shoppers.

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are searching for the killer or killers in Monday's truck attack on a crowded Berlin Christmas market. A Pakistani man arrested soon after the rampage that left 12 people dead has been released for lack of evidence. The Islamic State group is claiming responsibility for the carnage that also left four dozen people injured.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is planning to meet with his incoming national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, in the aftermath of a wave of violence around the world. Trump's meeting today with Flynn comes a day after Flynn and other members of the incoming national security team met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence in Washington.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's legislature is reconvening to see if enough lawmakers are willing to repeal a 9-month-old law that limited LGBT rights. The "bathroom bill," as it's come to be known, set down which bathrooms transgender people could use in public schools and government buildings. The special session would come two days after the Charlotte City Council gutted an anti-discrimination ordinance.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a former reality TV show contestant. Police say a woman's body believed to be that of Lisa Marie Naegle has been found in a shallow grave in the Los Angeles-area backyard of Jackie Jerome Rogers. Naegle was a losing contestant on the show "Bridalplasty," where she competed for a dream wedding and plastic surgery.

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