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December 21, 2016 6:30 AM Philippine government files criminal charges against Duterte critic

MANILA The Philippine government filed a criminal case in court on Wednesday against a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, accusing her of trying to sabotage a congressional investigation into her alleged involvement in the drugs trade. The justice ministry's case against its former head, Senator Leila de Lima, says she deliberately skipped 32

December 21, 2016 5:23 AM Deadly Mexico Fireworks Blast Hit Market Packed for Holidays

"Everything was catching fire. Everything was exploding," Francisco said. "The stones were flying, pieces of brick, everything was flying." Mexico State Gov. Eruviel Avila reported Tuesday night that in addition to the 26 people who perished at the market, three more victims died later in hospitals. Sirens wailed and a heavy scent of gunpowder lingered 37

December 21, 2016 4:39 AM Berlin attack: Manhunt on for truck's driver as ISIS claims it inspired attack

Setback for Berlin truck attack investigation The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin is illuminated in the colors of the German flag on Tuesday, December 20, one day after a truck crashed into a crowded Christmas market there. At least 12 people were killed and 48 injured in what police are investigating as a likely terrorist attack. German Chancellor Angela 88

December 21, 2016 3:16 AM Massive fireworks market blast kills at least 29 in Mexico

TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — A powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through Mexico's best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital Tuesday, killing at least 29 people, injuring scores more and sending a huge plume of charcoal-gray smoke billowing into the sky. The blast leveled the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec in the middle 35

December 21, 2016 12:52 AM U.N. human rights chief urges murder inquiry into Duterte's killing claim

MANILA The United Nations human rights commission has urged the Philippines to launch a murder investigations into President Rodrigo Duterte claims he killed three people as mayor of Davao City and all killings in his war on drugs. Since July when Duterte assumed the presidency, there had been 6,000 people killed in the government's war on drugs, about 51

December 20, 2016 8:21 PM 2 Former Flint Emergency Managers Face Felony Charges Over Water Crisis

Darnell Earley, former emergency manager of Flint, Mich., at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in March. Michigan's attorney general has announced felony charges against two former emergency managers of Flint, Mich., and two other former city officials. The charges are linked to the city's disastrous decision to switch water sources 50

December 20, 2016 3:56 PM Ex-Christie Allies Seek New Trial, Say Jury Acted Improperly

Two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are seeking to have their convictions in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case thrown out. Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly claim in court filings that jurors acted improperly. They claim some, but not all, jurors deliberated on a day when the judge had ordered them not to deliberate while a legal 45

December 20, 2016 3:05 PM San Francisco to Announce New LAPD Veteran as Police Chief

The mayor of San Francisco plans to announce that he has picked a veteran Los Angeles deputy chief to lead the city's police department, which has been under scrutiny after a series of racially charged incidents. The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( http://bit.ly/2h7OZhI ) Mayor Ed Lee plans to announce Tuesday that he has hired 52-year-old William 38

December 20, 2016 10:11 AM North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’ set on fast path to repeal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers appear poised to repeal a controversial law widely derided as the “bathroom bill” because it requires transgender people to use restrooms corresponding with the sex on their birth certificate in many public buildings. As part of the deal, the Charlotte City Council voted Monday to repeal the local nondiscrimination 54

December 19, 2016 8:40 PM Nine Dead and Suspicious Person Arrested After Truck Ploughs Into Crowded Berlin Christmas Market

Updated | A truck ran into a crowded market in Berlin on Monday, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens, according to police. The driver mounted the sidewalk of the market in the busy square hosting the event, the police said in an earlier tweet. Police arrested one person near the scene of the crash. Spokesman Winfried Wenzel told Germany’s 44