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MILAN (AP) — The manhunt is over, but the investigation continues into Monday's truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people. The suspected perpetrator was killed in an early-morning police shootout in Milan, Italy. Officials now want to know if Anis Amri, a Tunisian, acted alone or was assisted. His escape, partially by rail, is also raising security questions. Italy's premier has called for greater cross-border police cooperation.

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a defense policy bill that authorizes $611 billion to run the military in 2017. It includes a 2.1 percent pay hike for the military and again blocks the president's efforts to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama says that spending hundreds of millions of dollars to keep fewer than 60 men in isolation undermines U.S. standing in the world and emboldens violent extremists.

LUJAN DE CUYO, Argentina (AP) — Authorities in Argentina say at least 24 hearing impaired students of the Provolo Institute school in northwest Argentina have come forward seeking justice for the abuse they say they suffered at the hands of Rev. Nicola Corradi. He, a second priest and three other men are accused raping and molesting students, sometimes near an image of the Virgin Mary in a small chapel. Corradio had been previously implicated at the Provolo school in Italy. Students there went public with allegations in 2009 but Corradi apparently never was sanctioned for his alleged crimes.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper is opposing the state NAACP leader's call for a national economic boycott to pressure state lawmakers into overturning a law limiting LGBT rights and other actions by Republicans. Cooper says in a release that he shares others' frustrations about Republican policies, but that the better way is to bring companies and people to North Carolina to join "in the fight for fairness."

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — What a day to conk out. The monorail at Newark Liberty International Airport has resumed service after being down for two hours, causing a backlog for holiday travelers. The 20-year-old AirTrain connects the main terminals with parking lots and a New Jersey Transit rail station. Shuttle buses were used to take travelers to the terminals.

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