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Authorities: Suspect in Germany avoided deportation ... Death toll could rise in Mexico ... Jury says death for serial killer

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BERLIN (AP) — German authorities believe a man named Anis Amri was behind the wheel of a truck that plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin, and now there's an international manhunt for the 24-year-old Tunisian. Authorities say Amri had applied for asylum in Germany, but it was denied. Authorities say he was also able to evade deportation.

TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — The death toll is now 33 following this week's explosions at a fireworks market near Mexico City, but there are still 12 people missing. Authorities say they've found body parts at the scene of Tuesday's tragedy. Investigators are focusing their attention on ignored safety measures. Some vendors displayed fireworks outside their concrete stalls.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Jurors in Santa Ana, California, have recommended the death penalty for a California sex offender who abducted and killed four women while wearing an electronic monitoring device. A judge will make the final decision Feb. 3 after the jury said Wednesday that 47-year-old Steven Dean Gordon should face capital punishment for his crimes that happened over a six-month period.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) —North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is blaming left-wing groups for scuttling an agreement that would have repealed the state's anti-LGBT law. The outgoing Republican governor called the special session Wednesday, but it ended without approved legislation to get rid of House Bill 2, also known as the "bathroom bill."

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative GOP lawmaker says he "made a poor choice of words" when he said that he and his wife decided to delay treatment for their son's broken arm to point out the benefits of a health care system in which consumers bear a greater share of out-of-pocket costs. Congressman Bill Huizenga stirred up controversy after telling Michigan news site that he and his wife placed a splint on their son's arm and waited until morning to take him to the doctor rather than immediately going to a more costly emergency room.

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