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BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say the suspect in Monday's deadly truck attack in Berlin was under surveillance for several months this year. They say they launched an investigation against Anis Amri in March following a tip from federal security agencies. The tip warned that Amri might be planning a break-in to finance the purchase of automatic weapons for use in an attack. Surveillance showed that he was involved in drug dealing in a Berlin park and in a bar brawl, but it found no evidence to substantiate the original warning. The observation was called off in September.

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government is voicing hopes of improved relations with the United States under Donald Trump. A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says a dialogue between the two countries "has been frozen on practically all levels." He tells Russian TV that the Kremlin expects the new U.S. administration to take a "fresher and more constructive approach." But at the same time, the spokesman warns against "excessive optimism."

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its final days in power, the Obama administration is expected to push through safety measure for the nation's network of oil pipelines. The proposal calls for more stringent inspections in rural areas, and immediate repairs when pipe defects are found. But the long delay in issuing the regulations has raised concerns that Donald Trump or a Republican-controlled Congress could scrap them.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in suburban Phoenix say two men who stole a FedEx delivery truck from its driver at gunpoint remain at large and that the company is still working to find out how many packages are missing. Glendale police say the truck was stolen yesterday morning when the driver returned to it after dropping off a package and a suspect pointed a gun at him. Police say a car then pulled up and a man got out and also pointed a gun at the driver. Both vehicles then drove off. Several hours later, a resident in a nearby neighborhood called to report a FedEx truck sitting with its engine running and rear doors open.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who was credited with saving dozens of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust has died at 96. Marion Pritchard's son Arnold Pritchard says his mother died this month. She was said to have aided as many as 150 people, including many children, but she insisted that she couldn't have done it without help from others. Pritchard later became a United Nations social worker in displaced-persons camps and met her husband, a former U.S. Army officer.

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