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BAGHDAD (AP) — A busy market in central Baghdad selling car accessories, food and clothes as well as agricultural seeds and machinery has been rocked by a pair of explosions that killed at least 19 people and wounded at least 45. Iraqi authorities say the attacks took place early Saturday morning in al-Sinaq. Casualty estimates from police and medical officials ranged from 19 to 23 dead.

NEW YORK (AP) — A force of 7,000 police officers along with multi-ton roadblocks will greet as many as a million revelers trying to navigate their way through security to ring in the New year at Times Square. The choreographed, made-for-TV affair features pop stars on multiple stages, and fireworks at midnight as the famed ball drops. Dozens of 20-ton sanitation trucks weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand will block off streets leading to the celebration zone.

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gunfire broke out following a rap concert at a Connecticut theater and police say two people are dead and two others wounded. A Wallingford police spokeswoman tells the Record Journal that officers responded to reports of shots fired outside the Oakdale Theatre after rapper Meek Mill performed. Officers found two dead. The wounded are hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

JUNIATA TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state trooper is dead after being shot while responding to a home because of a report of a protection-from-abuse violation. Authorities say police on foot and in a helicopter are out searching for the suspect in Juniata Township, a community of a few hundred residents in central Pennsylvania.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont electric utility confirms it found a malware code on one of its laptops following an alert by the Department of Homeland Security. The Burlington Electric Department said U.S. utilities were alerted of a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name Homeland Security has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.

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