NC BATHROOM LAW
No deal in North Carolina. State lawmakers adjourned a special session...taking no action to repeal the law requiring people use public restrooms of their birth gender. There was supposed to have been a deal...in which the legislature would act after the city of Charlotte repealed its anti-discrimination law. The controversial state law triggered boycotts from businesses, performers and sports leagues, and is blamed for costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars. A statement from Charlotte says "..we are disappointed by this unfortunate outcome."
The suspect in Monday's deadly truck rampage in Berlin is a Tunisian who has been on Germany's anti-terror radar. The search is on for Anis Amri...Officials say he has multiple aliases and a criminal record.
--A million people are expected to pack New York City's Times Square this New Year's Eve for the Big Apple's time-honored annual celebration - the feds have issued a security bulletin - and while they say there's been no specific or credible threat - officials are worried about the possibility of lone wolves.
--Officials all across Europe are stepping up security measures following Monday's deadly attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.
Holiday travel this year is expected to reach "the highest level on record," with 103 million Americans on the move for year-end holidays, according to AAA. Most will drive, but air travel is expected to increase 2.5 percent, with more than 6 million Americans flying. With Christmas Day falling on Sunday and all, as many folks as possible appear to be extending their weekends as long as possible, and it appears that Thursday will be nearly as strong a get-away day as Friday.
--President-elect Trump calls the deadly truck attack in Berlin "an attack on humanity." He seems to double down on his view on an immigration ban on Muslims from known terrorist areas.
--Trump met with top military brass, as well as Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg at Mar-a-Lago, later saying he was doing a bit of a negotiation 'dance' .. to cut costs.. on new planes.
The First Family continue their holiday vacation in Hawaii.
MEXICO FIREWORKS EXPLOSION
The death toll stands at 32 with about 46 others still hospitalized after Tuesday's fireworks market deadly chain-reaction explosion outside Mexico City. As relatives continue to search for loved ones, attention is turning to apparent lax security that allowed vendors to display their dangerous wares in the passageways between stalls.
A spokesperson for Queen Elizabeth says the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have “heavy colds” and have delayed Christmas travel plans to Sandringham. The couple had plan to travel on Wednesday.
Homeowners and business people in Oklahoma head into 2017 with a new plan in place meant to protect property from damaging earthquakes. The state agency that regulates the oil and natural gas industries has created a response protocol based on the intensity of any quakes. The document moves those regulators closer to a recognition that oil and gas exploration and the associated wastewater disposal may be responsible for at least some of the Sooner State’s shaking.
Self-driving Uber cars are being pulled off the road in California. The ride-sharing company says state transportation regulators revoked registrations for the vehicles until Uber gets a special testing permit to run on public roads.
A judge agreed to appoint a "special master" to review evidence in the murder trial of real estate heir and former fugitive Robert Durst Wednesday. Durst appeared at the hearing in Los Angeles and sat in a wheelchair. The 73-year-old faces one count of first-degree murder in the 2000 execution-style killing of his friend, Susan Berman.
Prominent Atlanta attorney Claud "Tex" McIver, who is accused of shooting his wife near Piedmont Park, has turned himself into Fulton County jail, according to Atlanta police. Atlanta police issued the warrants for involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct Wednesday morning. Diane McIver, 63, was a prominent businesswoman. Atlanta police have been investigating the case since September, when the husband claimed that he fell asleep with a gun on his lap while riding in the back seat of a car and accidentally shot his wife through the seat.
Famed "Growing Pains" actor Alan Thicke died of a ruptured aorta, the Los Angeles county coroner said Wednesday. Thicke star died last week, and at the time, his son Robin Thicke's publicist said that the actor suffered a heart attack. Thicke, who was 69 at the time of his death, was laid to rest on Tuesday.