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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities say five suspects arrested for allegedly plotting Christmas Day bomb attacks in Melbourne were inspired by the Islamic State group. Their names haven't been released but officials say all five are citizens in their 20's and that four were born in Australia. The fifth was born in Egypt. Officials say the targets included a major train station and a cathedral.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has called for the U.S. to "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability." The comment came in a tweet Trump made on Thursday. If he does seek an expansion of the nation's nuclear stockpiles, it would mark a sharp shift in U.S. national security policy from previous administrations. The comment came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for strengthening his country's nuclear capabilities.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is expected to publish its decision in the national register on Friday that it is scrapping a post-9/11 requirement for immigrant men from predominantly Muslim countries to register with the federal government. The program -- called the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or NSEERs, hasn't been in use since 2011. The American Civil Liberties Union calls it is a "failed counterterrorism tool and massive profiling program that didn't yield a single terrorism conviction in nearly a decade."

WASHINGTON (AP) — An investigation by the Associated Press shows that a charity operated by one of Donald Trump's sons flouts philanthropic standards by financially benefiting charities connected to the Trump family and members of the charity's board. The AP also found that Eric Trump has exaggerated the size of his foundation and the donations it receives. At the same time, the charity's payments for services or donations to other groups repeatedly went to one of Donald Trump's private golf clubs and to charities linked to the Trumps by corporate, family or philanthropic relationships.

HOUSTON (AP) — Passenger reports of someone being in the cargo hold of an airliner forced a United Airlines flight from Houston to Ecuador to turn back to Houston. The flight had been in the air about an hour when the noises were heard. United says no one was found. It says the sounds were caused by a maintenance issue.

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