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Suspect in German attack still on the lam...Australian police: Terror plot foiled... Trump calls for strengthening nuclear capability



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BERLIN (AP) — A massive manhunt is underway in Germany. Authorities are trying to find the suspect who they believe rammed a truck into a group of people at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, killing 12 and injuring dozens more. Police have searched properties in western Germany and in Berlin where 24-year-old Anis Amri is believed to have spent time. Officials say Amri's fingerprints were found on the driver's door and on the side of the truck.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Five suspects who allegedly planned a series of bomb attacks in the heart of Australia's second largest city on Christmas Day are being detained. The Victoria state police commissioner says the five were inspired by the Islamic State group and planned attacks on Melbourne's Flinders Street train station, neighboring Federation Square and St. Paul's Cathedral. Police say they believe the threat has been neutralized.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump says the United States should "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability" until the rest of the world, as he puts it, "comes to its senses" regarding nuclear weapons. Russian President Vladimir Putin only hours earlier said strengthening his country's nuclear capabilities should be a chief military objective in 2017.

LOS ANGELES (AP) —Jurors in the corruption trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca say they are hopelessly deadlocked. Aa a result, a federal judge has declared a mistrial. The judge made the decision today as the jury was in its third day of deliberations. Baca was charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Prosecutors say he tried to derail a federal probe into inmate beatings and other abuses in the nation's largest jail system.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Investigators say an electrical line in a tree sparked a devastating summer wildfire in central California that killed an elderly couple and destroyed hundreds of homes. The fire began in late June in the community of Lake Isabella, an hour's drive east of Bakersfield in the southern Sierra Nevada. Firefighters couldn't stop the flames, which eventually scorched 75 square miles and turned 280 homes into tangled rubble.

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