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News Wrap: U.S. airstrike targets al-Shabab militants, explosives

In our news wrap Thursday, the U.S. military says an airstrike killed four al-Shabab militants near Somalia’s capital. Also, the deep freeze that has gripped half the country set records from Arkansas to Maine. The town of Watertown, New York, was 32 degrees below zero before the wind chill.

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  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    In the day's other news, The U.S. military says an airstrike near Somalia's capital killed four Al-Shabaab militants and blew up a vehicle packed with explosives. According to the U.S. Africa Command, the targets were hit 15 miles west of Mogadishu on Wednesday night. Al-Shabaab was behind October's massive truck bombing that killed 512 people in the Somalia capital.

    A deep freeze gripped half the country again today, setting records from Arkansas to Maine. It was 32 degrees below zero this morning in Watertown, New York, and that's not factoring in the windchill. In Buffalo, the arctic air froze the spray from Lake Erie, encasing nearby benches and railings in a thick layer of ice. And, in Philadelphia, this fountain froze into an icy sculpture in 14-degree weather. The cold is expected to last through the weekend.

    Alabama Democrat Doug Jones was certified today as the winner of a special U.S. Senate election. He beat Republican Roy Moore by 22,000 votes amid accusations that Moore preyed on teenage girls decades ago. Today, state officials signed documents, making the results official after a judge rejected Moore's claim of voter fraud.

  • John Merrill:

    I don't think there's any doubt in the minds of anybody that is in this room or anybody that is within the sound of my voice that if it was ever a question about whether or not the state of Alabama conducts honest and fair, safe and secure elections, that question has been eliminated from anyone's thought and mind.

  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    Jones will be sworn into the Senate on January 3, leaving the Republicans with the slimmest of majorities, 51-49.

    President Trump charged today that China has been — quote — "caught red-handed" allowing illicit oil shipments to North Korea. He said in a tweet, "There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korean problem if that continues."

    A South Korean newspaper has reported Chinese ships are transferring oil to North Korean ships at sea, in violation of U.N. sanctions.

    And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 63 points to close at 24837. The Nasdaq rose 10 points, and the S&P 500 added almost five.

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