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By The Associated Press | Updated - Dec 10th, 2019 @ 9:40pm | Posted - Dec 9th, 2019 @ 10:40pm



KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military says a powerful suicide bombing has targeted an under-construction medical facility near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the capital Kabul. The attacker struck the facility being constructed to help the Afghan people who live near. The U.S. military says there are no coalition casualties and the base remains secure. An Afghan physician says the hospital near the perimeter of the base was on fire. He says at least five Afghans have been injured.

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is mocking Democrats for their efforts to impeach him as he rallies supporters in the key swing state of Pennsylvania. Trump's visit to Pennsylvania on Tuesday followed a momentous day at the U.S. Capitol, where Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment and shortly thereafter signaled their support for the president's long-sought United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Trump says Democrats tried to downplay the impeachment inquiry because they're “embarrassed” by it. But he says the “silver lining of impeachment" is that the USMCA is going to get passed.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from spending some Defense Department money to build a border wall with Mexico, the latest twist in a long-running legal battle over one of the president's signature domestic issues and campaign priorities. The ruling applies to $3.6 billion that was diverted in September from 127 military construction projects to build 175 miles (280 kilometers) of border wall. The Justice Department says it will appeal.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is ordering a broad review of vetting procedures for international students who participate in training on military installations. The review is a direct reaction to last week's deadly shooting at a Pensacola Navy base by a Saudi aviation student. The memo was signed by Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist and says screening must be strengthened and the review must be completed in 10 days.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jersey City's mayor says authorities believe a Jewish kosher market was targeted in a New Jersey gunbattle that killed six people. The furious shooting filled the streets of Jersey City with the sound of heavy gunfire for hours Tuesday. Authorities say the dead are a police officer, three bystanders and two suspects. Police Chief Michael Kelly is not saying exactly what set off the shooting just across the Hudson River from New York City. He says the officer who died was trying to stop some "bad guys” near a cemetery. The gunmen then drove a stolen rental van to another part of the city and engaged police in a lengthy shootout from inside a kosher supermarket. Fulop did not elaborate on why authorities believe the market was targeted.

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