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2 Americans among the injured...Economy posts strong growth...Dying 'Jeopardy' contestant earned more than $100,000



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department official says two U.S. citizens are among the 48 people injured in the attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that left 12 others dead. The Berlin market reopened today with extra security. Authorities across Europe are scrambling to track down a Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into the Christmas market. German authorities are offering a $105,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Anis Amri, who they say could be "violent and armed." One of his brothers is urging Amri to turn himself in.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a strong showing for the U.S. economy. The government says the economy grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter of the year. It's the fastest pace in two years, and better than the government had estimated earlier. But the growth spurt isn't expected to last. Growth is expected to slow to roughly a 1.5 percent rate in the current quarter, reflecting in part less consumer spending and business stockpiling.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in retailers and health care companies. Overseas, stocks in Europe were little changed in pre-holiday trading. Most Asian markets slipped after President-elect Donald Trump named an economist who is critical of China to head a newly created White House council on trade.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle over financial disclosures could be brewing for the opening days of the Trump administration. The top Democrats on Senate committees that will consider Donald Trump's cabinet nominees say those picks shouldn't get a Senate vote without completing a financial disclosure statement and providing "reasonable" additional information. Initial contacts with several nominees haven't left Democrats assured that they will get information such as tax returns and other disclosures of financial holdings.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All of the "Jeopardy" shows on which Cindy Stowell was a contestant before she died of cancer have now aired -- and it turns out she won six contests in a row, and more than $103,000. She donated some of the money to cancer research. The 41-year-old Texas woman taped the episodes in August and September while battling colon cancer. She died on December 5th. "Jeopardy!" says Stowell was sent advance copies of her first three episodes and watched them in the hospital.

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