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BERLIN (AP) — German public broadcaster RBB reports that the fugitive wanted in the deadly truck rampage at a Berlin Christmas market was seen on surveillance video visiting a mosque before and after the attack. According to RBB, Anis Amri was caught was seen exiting a mosque in Berlin on Dec. 14 and 15. He was again spotted hours after Monday's attack. And according to a newspaper report, Amri suffered facial cuts during the attack.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is calling on the U.S. to "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability" until the rest of the world "comes to its senses" regarding nuclear weapons. Trump's comments came on Twitter hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin said strengthening his country's nuclear capabilities should be a chief military objective in the coming year.
TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's president says he'll help rebuild a fireworks market where explosions on Tuesday killed at least 35 people. Enrique Pena Nieto says the market should be reopened next year. It had been packed with people and merchandise for those wanting to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. Meanwhile, a Roman Catholic church held funeral Masses throughout the day.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the corruption trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. A Los Angeles jury told the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked after three days of deliberations. Baca was charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice. The government alleges he tried to derail a federal investigation into inmate beatings and other abuses in the nation's largest jail system. Back, who is 74, retired in 2014.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is being allowed to keep her 6-foot-long pet alligator at home following a dispute with state wildlife officials over the growing size of the reptile. Mary Thorn's pet gator, which she calls Rambo, weighs 125-pounds. Rambo, who has been with Thorn for more than 11 years, wears outfits and sun glasses. Thorn cuddles and kisses him. The state is allowing her to keep him, and is waiving a rule that requires that a gator his size be kept on 2.5 acres of land.
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