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Grid operators say Germany must invest $25 billion

BERLIN — The operators of Germany’s electricity grid said today the country must invest about (euro) 20 billion ($25 billion) in new transmission networks over the next decade as the nation abandons nuclear power and uses more renewable energy.

While German celebrations differ, shopping is still king

STUTTGART, Germany – Getting into the Christmas spirit is easy in Stuttgart, Germany, since it has one of the biggest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe. But the spirit itself? Well, to an American, it’s just a little different.

Japan, France advance to World Cup semifinals

Japan knocked two-time defending champion and host Germany out of the Women’s World Cup in Wolfsburg on Saturday, advancing to the semifinals with a 1-0 win when substitute Karina Maruyama outran the defense and scored on an angled shot in extra time. Japan absorbed relentless pressure during the match, gaining its first World Cup semifinal and handing Germany its first loss in the tournament in a dozen years.

In Berlin, 20 years of unity

BERLIN – Ulrich Sauff and his wife stared at the mammoth domino pieces marking the path where the Berlin Wall once stood and reminisced about life in the barrier’s shadow. “It was like a prison,” said Sauff, 73, who lived on the Western side of the wall. “For us ‘Wessis,’ the few kilometers from our old home to our new home (in the East) was unthinkable.”

Teen kills 15 in Germany before taking his own life

WINNENDEN, Germany – The 17-year-old had no criminal record and authorities say he was barely noticed in school until he returned Wednesday with a handgun and a purpose. Entering the high school where he graduated last year, he burst into morning classes and opened fire, taking students and teachers by complete surprise.