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Authorities question suspect's family...Security boosted at shopping sites...Church member arrested in 'Vote Trump' attack



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TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Authorities in Tunisia say they've questioned family members of Anis Amri. He's the man German officials have identified as the suspect in Monday's truck attack that killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin. Amri is now the target of a search that extends across Europe. German authorities say he had been under surveillance for several months this year, but that no evidence was seen that he was planning a terror attack.

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in U.S. cities have stepped up security at places where Christmas shoppers gather following a deadly truck attack in Berlin. In Manhattan, police dispatched heavily armed counterterrorism officers to stand guard at crowded Christmas markets in Union Square, Bryant Park and Columbus Circle only an hour after news broke on Monday about the Berlin attack. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the precautions "a very sad reality." Police officials in Chicago and San Francisco said similar measures were being taken there.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The bishop of an African-American church in Mississippi that was burned and spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" says the black man who's now been arrested in the case is a member of the church. Police in Greenville today arrested Andrew McClinton of Leland, Mississippi, and charged him with first degree arson of a place of worship. The church was burned and vandalized a week before the presidential election.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has named a fierce critic of China, economist Peter Navarro, to lead a newly created White House trade council. Trump says China's unfair trade practices are responsible for wiping out American factory jobs. He's threatened to impose taxes on Chinese imports.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing slightly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in health care companies. The modest declines kept the Dow below the 20,000 mark. Merck and Pfizer had the biggest losses in the Dow. Energy companies rose. Halliburton gained 3 percent. The Dow slipped 32 points. The S&P lost five points. The Nasdaq fell 12 points.

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