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'Bathroom bill' repeal fails ... Reports: Fingerprints found on truck ... Ikea settlement



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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — There's a lot of finger-pointing going on in North Carolina, where a supposedly bipartisan deal to repeal the state's anti-LGBT law fell apart. After more than nine hours of private and public talks, state legislators quit trying to revoke House Bill 2 and went home. The law became known as the "bathroom bill" because it limited transgenders to public restrooms that lined up with their sex at birth.

BERLIN (AP) — German media are reporting that the fingerprints of Tunisian suspect Anis Amri have been found on the truck that was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin. The hunt continues for Amri. Nearly three days after the deadly attack that killed 12 people and injured 48 others, the market in the center of the German capital has reopened, with concrete blocks in place to provide extra security.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad is claiming victory in the northern city of Aleppo, saying it's not only for Syria but for all countries fighting terrorism, especially Russia and Iran. Those two countries have been Assad's strongest backers since the civil war began in 2011. Syrian rebels are withdrawing from Aleppo as part of a Russian-Turkish deal that would bring the city under Assad's control.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Ikea, the leading Swedish home furnishings retailer, says "a tentative settlement" has been reached in the case involving three families in the United States whose children died after Ikea chests and dressers tipped over. The separate accidents took place in 2014 and 2016. The settlement reportedly totals $50 million.

MADRID (AP) — Celebrations are guaranteed in Madrid. That's where all the tickets bearing the top prize number in Spain's $2.4 billion Christmas lottery were sold. The number appeared on 1,650 tickets in the lottery known as El Gordo, or "The Fat One," with each holder winning more than $400,000.

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