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Reward for suspected jihadi...Evacuations apace in Syria... Fireworks market blast in Mexico being investigated



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BERLIN (AP) — There's a $105,000 reward for information on a Tunisian man considered the prime suspect in a truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. Anis Amri is suspected in the attack Monday evening that left 12 people dead and 48 injured. A manhunt is underway for the 24-year-old. Amri, a convicted criminal who couldn't get asylum and who even evaded deportation from Germany, had previously been deemed a possible jihadi threat.

BEIRUT (AP) — The buses to safety continue in Syria. Hundreds of rebel fighters and civilians, including children, were bused out of war-ravaged Aleppo in heavy snow on Wednesday as the evacuation of former rebel strongholds entered its final phase. The departures from Aleppo pave the way for President Bashar Assad to assume full control there, after more than four years of fighting over Syria's largest city.

TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Relatives of workers at a Mexican fireworks market flattened by a deadly chain-reaction explosion yesterday are searching hospitals for loved ones. The health secretary of Mexico State, where the market is located, says now stands at 32. About 46 people remain hospitalized. Attention is focusing on apparent lax security that allowed vendors to display their dangerous wares in the passageways between stalls.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A deal to undo the North Carolina law known as the "bathroom bill" has fallen apart. Legislators couldn't agree on a plan to the repeal the measure, known as HB2. The law's best-known provision requires transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates. Opponents of the law call it discriminatory. A special session to act on the measure was set in motion this week.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin authorities say a woman's exuberance over the Dallas Cowboys winning their football game Sunday night led her stepson to fatally stab her. Court documents reviewed by KEYE-TV show the woman was "gloating" about the Cowboys' victory over Tampa Bay after watching the game on TV with her husband. Detectives say her 20-year-old stepson believed she was disrespecting his father so he stabbed her several times.

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