{FD} Several wounded in New Year’s attack on Istanbul night club

Turkey’s state-run news agency says an armed assailant has opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, wounding several people.

{FD} Texas judge halts federal transgender health protections

A federal judge in Texas on Saturday ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force doctors to violate their religious beliefs.

{FD} Pilot for Canadian airline charged with being impaired

A pilot for Canadian carrier Sunwing Airlines faces charges after police allege he was impaired and passed out over his seat before takeoff.

{FD} Congo president to leave after 2017 vote under new deal

Political parties in Congo have reached a deal that calls for President Joseph Kabila to leave power after the next election.

{FD} New UN chief wants consensus but faces antagonistic Trump

Antonio Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, promising to be a “bridge-builder” but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body’s 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time.

{FD} Police: Whale spotted swimming in New York City’s East River

Officers patrolling New York City’s harbor in a police boat have spotted a whale in the East River.

{FD} Man arrested after shouting ‘bomb’ at Berlin New Year party

German police say they have arrested a man who shouted “bomb, bomb, bomb” at Berlin’s massive open-air New Year’s party.

{FD} No big New Year’s celebrations for Iraq’s displaced

There were no big New Year’s celebrations for the Iraqi men, women and children who narrowly escaped the fighting in Mosul, only to wait for hours under armed guard while the fighting-age males among them were cleared of links to the Islamic State.

{FD} Palestinian president ready to work with Trump for peace

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he is willing to work with President-elect Donald Trump to reach a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel.

{FD} Silent march through downtown Chicago marks year of violence

Hundreds are marching silently along Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago and are carrying crosses for each person slain in the city this year.

{FD} Help wanted: Bilingual teachers for California schools

While Californians passed a ballot measure to bring back bilingual education in the upcoming school year, educators say a challenge to getting the programs started will be finding more bilingual teachers.

{FD} Murder warrant issued for ex-boyfriend of Dallas mom who vanished a year ago

Dallas police were looking Saturday for a man they say killed his ex-girlfriend and then dumped her body under a bridge.

{FD} Veteran’s death investigated after struggle with deputies

Authorities are investigating after an Air Force veteran died following a struggle with Tampa Bay-area sheriff’s deputies.

{FD} Pope urges the faithful to help youth find purpose

Pope Francis strolled through St. Peter’s Square Saturday evening during the last frigid hours of 2016, exchanging New Year’s Eve greetings with the faithful.

{FD} Judge: Top NYC taxi cab owner must give up 46 medallions

A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that one of New York City’s top yellow cab operators must give up 46 coveted taxi medallions.

{FD} Coast Guard suspends search for plane that vanished in Ohio

The disappointing search for a small plane that disappeared over Lake Erie near Cleveland’s shores carrying six people has turned into a recovery effort.

{FD} Texas judge takes specialized court for veterans on the road

A Texas judge is doing something novel in the relatively new world of courts designed specifically for military veterans.

{FD} Worries grow as homicides spike in Virginia’s capital city

George Carrington III was excited to become a father.

{FD} Long gas lines, price hike mar holiday season in Mexico

The holiday season has been a little less merry for car owners in Mexico as gasoline shortages in many parts of the country have forced grumbling customers to contend with hours-long lines.

{FD} Russia-linked malware found on US electric company’s laptop

Malware code linked to Russian hackers and found on a Vermont electric utility’s computer is further evidence of “predatory” steps taken by that country against the U.S., a Vermont Democratic congressman said Saturday.