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Fire officials investigating cause of Boston-area fire

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:45:50 GMT2016-12-04T16:45:50Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the huge blaze that ripped through a Boston-area neighborhood, displacing about 60 families but "miraculously" resulting in no serious injuries or deaths....



Experts warn of mental health woes as wildfires ravage South

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:44:22 GMT2016-12-04T16:44:22Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- When U.S. Forest Ranger Jody Bandy confronted the man in the Pisgah National Forest, he said he'd been at the nearby wildfire and "couldn't take it anymore."...



Authorities to conditionally move from bridge near protest

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:31:37 GMT2016-12-04T16:31:37Z

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota authorities have said they'll move away from a key bridge near the main Dakota Access pipeline protest camp by Sunday afternoon if demonstrators agree to certain conditions....



Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll from a fire in a converted warehouse ...

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:15:32 GMT2016-12-04T16:15:32Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll from a fire in a converted warehouse has risen to 24....



Florida man dubbed "Grinch" arrested again by police

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:11:06 GMT2016-12-04T16:11:06Z

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Hours after a man described by police as a Christmas "Grinch" was released from a Florida jail, he is back in the slammer....



Officials: No smoke detectors in Ohio deadly home fire

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:53:17 GMT2016-12-04T15:53:17Z

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- No smoke detectors were found in an Ohio house where a fire killed two adults and two young girls in Akron, officials said as an investigation continued into what started the deadly blaze....



Imprisoned former CIA officer fights conviction over leak

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:20:53 GMT2016-12-04T15:20:53Z

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Once an employee of the powerful CIA, Jeffrey Sterling now sits behind bars at a federal prison in Colorado. He bides his time by reading and writing and working at the facility's recreational center....



Timeline: Events related to shooting death of Saints' Smith

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:19:42 GMT2016-12-04T15:19:42Z

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- On Dec. 5, New Orleans resident Cardell Hayes will go on trial in the shooting death of Will Smith, a former New Orleans Saints player whose shooting death earlier this year shocked the country. Here's a look at the timeline of events related to the case:...



Gun-rights backers vow to 'go on offense' during Trump years

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:17:04 GMT2016-12-04T15:17:04Z

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump's campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion of gun rights under his administration and a Congress firmly in Republican hands....



Mummers seek inclusive tone after racially sensitive display

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:53:06 GMT2016-12-04T13:53:06Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Organizers of the Mummers Parade are hopeful that cultural education efforts will help the city's annual New Year's celebration be more respectful and inclusive following a string of racially and ethnically offensive displays....



Bipedal bear's apparent death motivates bear hunt opponents

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:10:35 GMT2016-12-04T13:10:35Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey's long-debated black bear hunts have stoked strong passions, blasted by animal rights activists as inhumane and supported by hunters and wildlife officials who say they help control the population and minimize run-ins with humans....



Green Party switches strategy in Pennsylvania recount bid

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:30:17 GMT2016-12-04T05:30:17Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it will seek help in the federal courts, rather than the state courts....



The Latest: Stein changes strategy in Pennsylvania recount

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:05:35 GMT2016-12-04T05:05:35Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Latest on the Green Party's effort to force a statewide recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election in Pennsylvania: (all times local):...



The Latest: Oakland sports teams donating to fire victims

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:03:55 GMT2016-12-04T05:03:55Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local):...



Fire tears through Oakland dance party, killing at least 9

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:24:38 GMT2016-12-04T04:24:38Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters struggled to get to bodies in the rubble Saturday after a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a late-night electronic music party, killing at least 9 people and making the charred structure unsafe for emergency crews to enter. Officials said at least two dozen more were missing in the rubble of the building....



Massachusetts firefighters battle large Cambridge fire

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:41:02 GMT2016-12-04T02:41:02Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Firefighters worked into the night to put down a large fire that jumped from one building to another across a densely-populated neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday....



Police use 'fake news' in sting aimed at California gang

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:52:45 GMT2016-12-04T00:52:45Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake press release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations who reported it as fact....



Wal-Mart where 3 died when truck hit store to reopen Sunday

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:38:10 GMT2016-12-04T00:38:10Z

PELLA, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Wal-Mart where three people died after a pickup truck crashed into the store plans to reopen on Sunday....



Navy christens submarine USS Colorado in shipyard ceremony

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:18:06 GMT2016-12-04T00:18:06Z

GROTON, Conn. (AP) -- Annie Mabus smashed a bottle of sparkling wine from a Denver vineyard against the Navy's newest attack submarine Saturday, christening it the Colorado as the vessel prepares to join a fleet expected to number more than 300 ships by 2019....



Woman talked on phone with rescuers after building collapsed

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:58:32 GMT2016-12-03T22:58:32Z

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The 22-year-old woman who was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building in South Dakota was on the phone with rescuers and her parents for hours and she provided crucial information as they tried to find her....



Authorities: Florida man killed himself before deputy fired

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:44:29 GMT2016-12-03T22:44:29Z

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities in Florida say that a man shot and killed himself in a Wal-Mart parking lot right before a deputy fired at him....



SWAT team shoots man to death after Louisiana deputy shot

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:27:37 GMT2016-12-03T22:27:37Z

METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Authorities say SWAT team officers shot a man to death when they stormed a house after the man shot a sheriff's deputy....



Biggest union reaches deal with California government

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:47:58 GMT2016-12-03T21:47:58Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration....



Campus attack could be latest terror case in heartland state

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:30:29 GMT2016-12-03T21:30:29Z

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Authorities are investigating terrorism as a possible motive in the car-and-knife attack on the Ohio State University campus, the latest in a series of cases involving young men who apparently became radicalized in the heartland state....



Foam fills Philadelphia streets after substation incident

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:06:23 GMT2016-12-03T21:06:23Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A possible explosion at a power substation in downtown Philadelphia sent waves of white foam billowing into the streets that spread across a two-block area....



Texas officials: 1 killed, 7 hurt in cheerleader bus crash

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:04:19 GMT2016-12-03T21:04:19Z

BIG SPRING, Texas (AP) -- Authorities say a woman was killed and seven others were injured when a semitrailer crashed into a bus carrying a group of West Texas high school cheerleaders....



Final Senate seat to be settled in Louisiana Dec. 10 runoff

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:31:32 GMT2016-12-03T20:31:32Z

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana's last-in-the-nation U.S. Senate race has drawn donations from desperate Democrats around the country seeking a victory in their otherwise dismal election cycle, even if they're supporting a pro-gun, anti-abortion candidate deemed such a long shot that he's getting little help from the national Democratic Party....



Teenager arrested, charged in classmate's decapitation

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:27:54 GMT2016-12-03T20:27:54Z

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) -- A 16-year-old has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of his 16-year-old classmate whose headless body was found near the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts....



The Latest: North Dakota governor, tribal chairman to meet

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:21:22 GMT2016-12-03T20:21:22Z

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline (all times local):...



The Latest: Pence rallies for Senate contender in Louisiana

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:19:11 GMT2016-12-03T20:19:11Z

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The Latest on Louisiana's U.S. Senate race (all times local):...



2 women charged in death of boy who was starved, burned

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:03:09 GMT2016-12-03T20:03:09Z

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two Milwaukee women were charged Saturday with child neglect and other counts in the death of a 7-year-old boy who was starved, burned with cigarettes, beaten and whipped with cords....



Universities exploring 'sanctuary' status for immigrants

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:40:13 GMT2016-12-03T19:40:13Z

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump....



Vermont band plays at prisons in tribute to Johnny Cash

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:36:44 GMT2016-12-03T19:36:44Z

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- A Burlington man is touring Vermont prisons and performing Johnny Cash songs in tribute to the late musician....



Muslim cleric heads back to court to fight off deportation

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:52:22 GMT2016-12-03T17:52:22Z

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- The leader of one of New Jersey's largest mosques is heading to court to fight from being deported after federal authorities say he lied on his green card application....



Florida deputy shoots man in Wal-Mart parking lot

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:47:30 GMT2016-12-03T17:47:30Z

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities in Florida are investigating after a man was shot and killed by a Florida deputy sheriff in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store....



Colorado man sues jail after gouging out his own eye

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:47:21 GMT2016-12-03T17:47:21Z

DENVER (AP) -- A man who gouged out his own eye while in jail is suing Rio Grande County saying jailers failed to adequately protect him from himself....



Oldest zoo gorilla doing well after biopsy before birthday

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:43:29 GMT2016-12-03T17:43:29Z

POWELL, Ohio (AP) -- The oldest known gorilla living in a zoo is doing well after a surgical biopsy ahead of her 60th birthday on Dec. 22....



Correction: Oil Pipeline-Protest-Lynch story

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:34:59 GMT2016-12-03T17:34:59Z

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- In a story Dec. 2 about Attorney General Loretta Lynch's video statement on the Dakota Access pipeline protests, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Lynch did not refer to her call with the Morton County sheriff. Her written statement did refer to that call....



Airbnb drops lawsuit against NYC over new state law

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:18:18 GMT2016-12-03T17:18:18Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Airbnb has agreed to drop a lawsuit against New York City over a new state law it said could have deterred hosts and impaired its revenues....



Man convicted of murder in hot car death to be sentenced

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:38:49 GMT2016-12-03T16:38:49Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- A judge is set to sentence a Georgia man Monday after a jury last month found that he intentionally left his toddler son in a hot SUV to die....



'This means war' _ New AP book draws on Pearl Harbor reports

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:26:13 GMT2016-12-03T16:26:13Z

Seventy-five years after the Japanese attack on Hawaii that brought the United States into World War II, The Associated Press is publishing "Pearl Harbor: An AP Special Anniversary Edition." The e-book explores the historic relationship between Japan and the U.S. and details events of Dec. 7, 1941, drawing on reporting from the time, including iconic photography, as well as material from AP archives. Here is an excerpt....



Police: Trio taunted Muslim woman aboard subway train

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:20:44 GMT2016-12-03T16:20:44Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police are looking for three men who taunted a Muslim woman aboard a subway train, yelling "Donald Trump" and calling her a terrorist....



As transit fares soar, NYC advocates push for discounts

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:00:49 GMT2016-12-03T16:00:49Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- For most New Yorkers, subways and buses are necessities of city living that fall right behind food, clothing and shelter. But with the price of 30-day MetroCard transit pass at $116.50, and possibly primed to rise as high as $121, they're also on the verge of becoming unaffordable for the 1.7 million city residents living in poverty....



Sandy Hook group begins violence warning-signs campaign

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:57:05 GMT2016-12-03T15:57:05Z

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- A group formed by families who lost children in the Sandy Hook school shooting has started a new public service campaign designed to teach people to recognize the warning signs of someone who may be contemplating gun violence....



A Donald Trump museum? Atlantic City historians consider it

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:39:50 GMT2016-12-03T15:39:50Z

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- A group of historians in Atlantic City wants to open a museum dedicated to President-elect Donald Trump....



Guns at zoos? Texas says no while struggling to tame rules

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:23:14 GMT2016-12-03T15:23:14Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- More than a year after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made firearms, including openly holstered weapons, legal in more places in the state, disputes remain over where guns are allowed - much to the frustration of advocates on both sides of the debate....



Attorney: Accused in social worker killing unfit for trial

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:07:55 GMT2016-12-03T15:07:55Z

BARRE, Vt. (AP) -- A hearing is expected to be held early next year to help determine if a woman charged with killing a social worker and three relatives in Vermont is fit to stand trial....



Within hours, wildfires set Tennessee mountain city aflame

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:16:07 GMT2016-12-03T14:16:07Z

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Tracey Mayberry told her boss to fire her....



Jury going into next week in ex-officer's murder trial

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:16:58 GMT2016-12-03T12:16:58Z

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The jury in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer charged with gunning down a black motorist will continue deliberating next week, despite at one point Friday appearing deadlocked by a juror who told the judge he could not "with good conscience approve a guilty verdict."...



Texas officials: 8 hurt when bus with cheerleaders crashes

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:35:34 GMT2016-12-03T10:35:34Z

BIG SPRING, Texas (AP) -- Officials say eight people were injured when a bus carrying high school cheerleaders crashed with a tractor-trailer rig in Texas....



Dazed Tennessee residents get first look at wildfire rubble

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:36:33 GMT2016-12-03T08:36:33Z

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Charlotte Moore needed a phone charger....



San Bernardino recalls terror attack with silence, speakers

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:33:18 GMT2016-12-03T05:33:18Z

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- Exactly a year to the moment that a pair of shooters unleashed a terrorist attack on San Bernardino, a bell rang 14 times Friday at the city's Inland Regional Center in honor of the people who died there....



The Latest: Hundreds attend memorial for terror victims

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:13:40 GMT2016-12-03T05:13:40Z

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on the one-year anniversary of the San Bernardino terror attack (all times local):...



Alabama inmate seeks execution stay from US Supreme Court

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:10:53 GMT2016-12-03T03:10:53Z

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama inmate on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his upcoming execution to consider whether a judge should have been able to give him a death sentence when the jury recommended life imprisonment....



Police: Marksman killed gunman after child ran to porch

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:56:36 GMT2016-12-03T02:56:36Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- The gunman had already shot a police officer, threatened to kill two children and barricaded himself upstairs in a house for 11 hours when one of the kids, a 6-year-old boy, escaped....



Hawaii summits could get more than 2 feet of snow

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:38:45 GMT2016-12-03T02:38:45Z

HONOLULU (AP) -- The summits of Hawaii's Big Island could get more than two feet of snow, with a winter storm warning in effect through Saturday....



The Latest: Police: Shooter impersonated cop at Tacoma mall

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:36:46 GMT2016-12-03T02:36:46Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Latest on the fatal shooting of a police officer in Tacoma, Washington. (all times local):...



Chicago-area judge who let clerk take bench has Alzheimer's

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:00:46 GMT2016-12-03T02:00:46Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- A Chicago-area judge who allowed a law clerk to don a judge's robe and preside over a few traffic cases suffered from memory loss at the time and has since been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a state judicial board has concluded....



Records: Judge pulled off case after series of mistakes

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:18:49 GMT2016-12-03T01:18:49Z

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A federal judge in Louisiana was pulled off a criminal case following a series of mistakes in routine trial procedures and after she apparently delegated some of her judicial duties to a prosecutor, according to court documents reviewed by The Associated Press....



Dylann Roof's lawyers want back on death penalty case

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:07:09 GMT2016-12-03T01:07:09Z

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Defense attorneys dismissed by Charleston church shooting defendant Dylann Roof strongly condemned his decision to represent himself and filed a motion Friday to get back on the case....



EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:01:38 GMT2016-12-03T01:01:38Z

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill....



The Latest: Jury pool of 67 chosen for Dylann Roof trial

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:50:51 GMT2016-12-03T00:50:51Z

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shootings (all times local):...



Teen who climbed World Trade Center faces new stunt charges

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:34:31 GMT2016-12-03T00:34:31Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A teenage daredevil who climbed the World Trade Center's centerpiece tower in 2014 has surrendered to police after videos posted on social media showed him dangling from other New York skyscrapers....



Judge says Dallas police and fire pension vote can happen

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:30:13 GMT2016-12-03T00:30:13Z

DALLAS (AP) -- A Texas judge Friday denied a request to stop members of the ailing Dallas Police and Fire Pension system from voting on benefit reductions....



The Latest: Worker found dead in building collapse

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:28:26 GMT2016-12-03T00:28:26Z

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The Latest on rescue efforts at a building that collapsed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (all times local):...



Police hail parents who found, disarmed son at Utah school

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:26:10 GMT2016-12-03T00:26:10Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah mother and father who followed their son to school and pulled a shotgun from his hand after he fired a round into a classroom ceiling likely prevented bloodshed by acting quickly on their intuition and conversations with the boy after they noticed guns were missing from their home, police said Friday....



The Latest: Second suspect arrested in New Orleans shooting

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:25:00 GMT2016-12-03T00:25:00Z

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Latest on arrest in New Orleans French Quarter shooting (all times local):...



Casino opening marks start of NY's bet on upstate gambling

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:17:26 GMT2016-12-03T00:17:26Z

NICHOLS, N.Y. (AP) -- The first of four planned casinos opened with a flurry of balloons, confetti and uncertain visions of economic resurgence on Friday as New York ushered in a new era of state-sanctioned gambling aimed at reversing decades of upstate decline....



Med school cuts ties with Denver doctor over racist remark

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:11:04 GMT2016-12-03T00:11:04Z

DENVER (AP) -- A doctor who made a racist remark on Facebook about first lady Michelle Obama has resigned her job at the Denver Health Medical Center....



Ex-Defense Department employee sentenced to 6 years

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:55:50 GMT2016-12-02T23:55:50Z

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A retired Department of Defense contracting supervisor was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for accepting bribes from a Malaysian businessman nicknamed "Fat Leonard" who is at the center of the Navy's worst corruption case....



3 charged with murder in shooting of 4-year-old Houston girl

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:47:01 GMT2016-12-02T23:47:01Z

HOUSTON (AP) -- Three teenagers have been charged with capital murder, accused of fatally shooting a 4-year-old Houston-area girl while they tried to rob her mother as the family unloaded groceries in the parking lot of their apartment complex....



Man gets decade in prison for Colombia rebels weapons plot

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:38:02 GMT2016-12-02T23:38:02Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Romanian convicted of conspiring to sell military-grade weapons in Europe was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison....



Oklahoma court orders new sentence in Australian's killing

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:28:07 GMT2016-12-02T23:28:07Z

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma appeals court on Friday ordered a new sentencing for a teenager who has been serving a life in prison without parole term for the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player three years ago....



The Latest: Slager jury goes home for weekend

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:24:06 GMT2016-12-02T23:24:06Z

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the trial of a white former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed black motorist (all times local):...



Documents: Suspected serial killer drew complaints years ago

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:20:52 GMT2016-12-02T23:20:52Z

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- People complained to South Carolina's licensing agency about Todd Kohlhepp's threats, grim statements and obscene Facebook posts years before authorities found a woman chained on his property and charged him in seven killings, redacted documents show....



Student removed from school over fake racist hunting license

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:18:57 GMT2016-12-02T23:18:57Z

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pennsylvania high school student who posted on social media an image of a fake license to hunt black people has been removed from school....



Police: Man fatally shot in church wouldn't drop crowbar

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:15:30 GMT2016-12-02T23:15:30Z

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A church break-in escalated into a deadly confrontation in a small Kentucky town Friday when the suspect refused multiple commands to drop a crowbar and advanced toward a deputy sheriff who opened fire, killing the man, police said....



Lawsuit 'likely' amid new Texas rules over fetal remains

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:08:41 GMT2016-12-02T23:08:41Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- New Texas rules requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains are likely to face a court challenge before taking effect, an abortion-rights attorney said Friday, months after the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down sweeping abortion restrictions in the state....



The Latest: In wildfires, son says parents 'died happy'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:01:46 GMT2016-12-02T23:01:46Z

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- The Latest on the wildfires in eastern Tennessee (all times local):...



Attempted murder charge against mom in fecal injection case

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:00:41 GMT2016-12-02T23:00:41Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A prosecutor charged a northwestern Indiana woman with attempted murder Friday after she told police she injected fecal matter into her son's IV tube while he was hospitalized for leukemia....



Political donor pleads guilty to investment fraud scheme

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:55:51 GMT2016-12-02T22:55:51Z

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A political donor and cable news commentator pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges in what prosecutors described as a $30 million investment fraud scheme tied to his health-technology company....



Officials: Baltimore officer indicted for excessive force

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:51:25 GMT2016-12-02T22:51:25Z

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A Baltimore police officer who fatally shot a knife-wielding man at a child's birthday party last year has been indicted on charges of assault and misconduct in office for using excessive force in a separate incident....



2 employees, 1 shopper killed when truck hit Wal-Mart store

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:47:39 GMT2016-12-02T22:47:39Z

PELLA, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities say two of the three people killed when a pickup truck crashed into an Iowa Wal-Mart store were employees, while the third was shopping....



Chains and branded skin: California kidnap case baffles cops

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:35:41 GMT2016-12-02T22:35:41Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Three weeks after Sherri Papini disappeared, the question of whether she was dead or alive was answered when the young mother and wife was spotted waving frantically for help along a California freeway early on Thanksgiving morning. But the mystery over what happened to her during those 22 days just seemed to grow stranger....



Researchers: Flint water improving, but stick with filters

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:33:18 GMT2016-12-02T22:33:18Z

DETROIT (AP) -- Water in Flint, Michigan, continues to improve, researchers reported Friday after finding no detectable levels of lead in 57 percent of homes during another round of tests....



Appeals court halts execution for dad who killed daughters

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:14:22 GMT2016-12-02T22:14:22Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- An appeals court on Friday stayed the execution of a Dallas man so it can review if he's mentally competent to be put to death for fatally shooting his two young daughters more than 15 years ago while their mother listened helplessly over the phone....



Court settlement filed over West Virginia mine pollution

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:11:22 GMT2016-12-02T22:11:22Z

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Environmentalists and the Pocahontas Land Corp. have agreed to settle a lawsuit over coal mine drainage into streams in southern West Virginia....



305 claims approved for Pulse nightclub victims' fund

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:58:12 GMT2016-12-02T21:58:12Z

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Officials with a fund created from donations for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting say they will distribute $29.5 million on 305 claims when the process is completed....



US casts watchful eye on Cuban crossings after Castro death

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:57:18 GMT2016-12-02T21:57:18Z

MIAMI (AP) -- Rodolfo Lledes departed Cuba and headed for Florida with 26 others on a motorized raft made of empty 55-gallon drums. Claudia Cruz Perez wound her way on buses, boats and planes through South America to the U.S.-Mexico border, eventually landing in Miami....



Tiger cubs raise cuteness quotient at Milwaukee County Zoo

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:44:34 GMT2016-12-02T21:44:34Z

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Three 11-week old Amur tiger cubs romped and wrestled together as they made their public debut at the Milwaukee County Zoo....



Police: Slain teen had BB gun in waistband, nothing in hands

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:41:08 GMT2016-12-02T21:41:08Z

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A black West Virginia teenager had a BB gun in his waistband but nothing in his hands when he was fatally shot by a white man, a police detective has testified....



California treasurer asks Trump for guidance on pot, banking

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:39:25 GMT2016-12-02T21:39:25Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California Treasurer John Chiang on Friday appealed to President-elect Donald Trump for guidance on how the state's projected $7 billion marijuana industry can participate in the nation's banking system while pot remains illegal under U.S. law....



Co-conspirator gets 20 years in Indianapolis house explosion

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:37:19 GMT2016-12-02T21:37:19Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- One of five people charged in a deadly house explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit arson....



Job deals like Carrier's often fall short of political hype

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:34:17 GMT2016-12-02T21:34:17Z

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- When President-elect Donald Trump announced a deal to save hundreds of jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana, it came with a cost to state taxpayers of about $7 million in tax breaks and grants....



Law enforcement gathers for Colorado state trooper funeral

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:32:17 GMT2016-12-02T21:32:17Z

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Hundreds of people turned out Friday to honor a Colorado state trooper hit and killed by a truck while investigating a crash....



The Latest: Man had crowbar when shot by officer in church

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:29:46 GMT2016-12-02T21:29:46Z

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Kentucky man who had broken into a church (all times local):...



Extraordinary Smokies wildfire moved fast on path to city

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:57:43 GMT2016-12-02T20:57:43Z

GATLINBURG, Tennessee (AP) -- The wildfire that popped up on a steep, rugged peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was just one of a dozen that fire crews had been fighting over the last month because of the drought....



Famously cold N. Dakota winter menaces pipeline protest camp

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:52:07 GMT2016-12-02T20:52:07Z

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) -- So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands....



Border wall seen as threat to Big Bend beauty, wildlife

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:51:13 GMT2016-12-02T20:51:13Z

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) -- Opponents of a vast border wall championed by President-elect Donald Trump say it will impair tourism and conservation efforts at Big Bend National Park and beyond, according to a newspaper report....



Oldest maker of outdoor wear in US will be based in London

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:20:34 GMT2016-12-02T20:20:34Z

WOOLRICH, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's Woolrich Inc., the oldest manufacturer of outdoor wear in the United States, has merged with its European partner and will be headquartered in London....