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PARIS (AP) — A wide net is being cast of the suspect in Monday's truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people and injured dozens. He's been identified as Anis Amri, a Tunisian who has six aliases and three nationalities. German authorities say Amri is being south across Europe. He had been kept under covert surveillance for six months this year before the operation was halted. A 100,000-euro reward has been offered for his arrest.

TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Government officials say it's too early to determine the cause of the massive fireworks explosion near Mexico City yesterday that killed at least 32 people. Five of the 46 people hospitalized are said to be fighting for their lives. Ten victims are minors, including a girl with burns over 90 percent of her body. Others remain missing. A former vendor at the open air fireworks market says merchants often violated safety rules by hawking products outside their metal stalls.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement between President-elect Donald Trump and former students of Trump University who claimed they were misled by his promises to teach success in real estate. Judge Gonzalo Curiel says the agreement for Trump to pay $25 million is "fair, adequate and reasonable," as required by federal law. A March 30 hearing has been set for final approval.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite rising premiums, dwindling insurers and the Republican pledge to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, about 400,000 more people signed up through Monday than for a comparable period in 2015. The administration said today that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through, ahead of last year's pace.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Crowds at the North Carolina Legislative Building are keeping watch on action to repeal a law that limits protections for LGBT citizens. Onlookers have packed the visitors' gallery and overflow observers are watching through glass walls. Republicans have been unable so far to craft legislation repealing House Bill 2, which critics call the 'bathroom bill.' Passage of the law cost the state national criticism and the cancellation of upcoming events.

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