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Trump says he's been proven right about Muslim immigration...UN status in Aleppo is unclear...'Whatever' is most annoying



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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump is calling Monday's truck attack on a Christmas market in Germany "an attack on humanity" that he says has "got to be stopped." Trump spoke to reporters in Florida ahead of a meeting with his incoming national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. When he was asked about his call to temporarily ban Muslim immigration into the United States, Trump said, "I've been proven to be right."

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities were apparently aware of the man who's now suspected of carrying out Monday's deadly truck attack in Berlin. In fact, prosecutors say, they had him under surveillance for several months, after a tip that he might be trying to get automatic weapons for use in an attack. But they found no evidence of that, so they stopped following him. Anis Amri, who is from Tunisia, wanted to get asylum in Germany -- but that request was denied in July. A security official says German security agencies exchanged information about him as recently as last month.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two days after a U.N. resolution was approved urging immediate deployment of monitors to eastern Aleppo in Syria, it's not clear whether any U.N. observers are actually on the ground there. A spokesman says some U.N. staff have been present at a Syrian government checkpoint outside eastern Aleppo but he couldn't say for sure if any observers were on hand in the eastern part of the city where civilians were loading into buses after evacuations resumed. He says more than 25,000 people have been evacuated from besieged neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city in the past six days.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican state lawmakers are still trying to decide whether to repeal a law that was enacted nine months ago. Among other things, it dictated which bathrooms are to be used by transgender people. Lawmakers returned for a special session today to get rid of the law, which has been denounced by gay rights groups and has damaged the state's economy. But some Republicans first wanted to see the city of Charlotte completely do away with a non-discrimination ordinance that prompted the state law. The Charlotte City Council finished taking that action this morning.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — A poll finds that the most annoying word or phrase used in casual conversation in America is "whatever." The Marist College poll suggests that the word irritates 38 percent of Americans. The pollsters offered up four other options for the most annoying word or phrase. They were, "No offense, but," ''Ya know, right," ''I can't even" and "huge." ''No offense, but" is second with 20 percent. And it seems that age matters. Among Americans under 30, "I can't even" takes top honors.

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