>>Russian Plane Crashes, Putin Gives Condolences
(Sochi, Russia) — The search continues for victims of a Russian plane crash in the Black Sea. The Russian defense ministry says ships, helicopters are drones are searching at the crash site, where a military plane carrying 92 people went down early Sunday. TASS news agency says seven bodies have been recovered so far, and fragments of the plane have been found. Local rescuers say no survivors have been found. A Kremlin spokesman says it’s too early to say what caused the crash.
>>Trump: Middle East Peace Farther Away After UN Resolution
(Palm Beach, FL) — Donald Trump says the UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in disputed territory will make peace in the Middle East much more difficult. On Twitter yesterday, Trump called the vote a “big loss” for Israel, adding that it will “make it much harder to negotiate peace,” He then tweeted, “too bad, but we will get it done anyway.” After the UN Security Council passed the resolution, Trump promised that once he takes office, “things will be different” at the UN. The U.S. abstained from the vote.
>>Arrests Made In Tunisia In Connection To Berlin Terror Attack
(Tunis, Tunisia) — Three men are under arrest in Tunisia in connection to the recent terror attack in Berlin. One of the suspects in the nephew of Anis Amri, the man suspected of killing 12 and injuring 48 by driving a stolen truck into a Christmas market crowd on Monday. Tunisia’s Interior Ministry said yesterday that Amri sent his nephew, Fedi, money to join him in Europe. It is unclear if the suspects arrested in Tunisia helped Amri flee Berlin.
>>NFL Playoff Picture
(Undated) — The Falcons, Giants, and Texans are all going to the playoffs after punching their tickets during Saturday’s slate of NFL games. The Falcons locked up the NFC South by beating the Panthers, while the Giants clinched the NFC’s first Wild Card following Tampa Bay’s loss. Houston’s win over Cincinnati along with Tennessee’s loss to Jacksonville gave the Texans the AFC South title. New England, Oakland, Dallas and Seattle had already clinched playoff spots.
>>Holiday Decorations Cause Most Christmas-Related Injuries
(New York, NY) — Get into the Christmas spirit with caution. A report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission documents over 17-hundred Christmas-related injuries in the past four years. Most involve accidents while putting up or removing decorations. The report shows people cutting themselves on broken light bulbs, while trimming tree branches, and when opening presents with knives. Other accidents include falling from ladders, kids swallowing ornaments and adults getting poked in the eye with a pine needle.
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