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Authorities: Bomb threats across US appear to be hoax

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Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax. More>>

The Latest: Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

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Branson's Virgin Galactic rocket ship takes off on test flight to reach the edge of space. More>>

Serial killer pleads guilty in Texas woman's 1994 death

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A 78-year-old man who says he killed about 90 people over nearly four decades as he moved around the country has pleaded guilty to murder in the 1994 strangulation of a Texas woman. More>>

'Dirty deeds': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison Video included

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A lawyer who made his career protecting President Donald Trump is set to learn whether cooperating with federal investigators will lessen his punishment for dodging taxes, lying to Congress and violating campaign finance laws. More>>

Metaphorical Washington 'swamp' overrun by actual vermin

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The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild winters and a human population boom. More>>

Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

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Jersey City is teaming up with Amazon to try and thwart the thefts of packages during the Christmas season. More>>

An Arizona journalism saga: Poisoning claims, nasty divorce

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The owner of a small Arizona newspaper chain and his wife are locked in a nasty divorce dispute that includes allegations of poisoning. More>>

Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test

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Branson's Virgin Galactic gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. More>>

States cite climate worries in push to stop US coal sales

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Four states that say burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse are trying to stop the Trump administration from selling vast reserves of the fuel that are beneath public lands. More>>

Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

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Colorado police are asking for help in their search for a missing woman, whose family calls her disappearance completely out of character for the mother of a one-year-old daughter. More>>

Boy Scouts exploring "all options" to address fiscal woes

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The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options" to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection. More>>

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

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With federal legalization of hemp at hand, the US market is set to boom amid the popularity of CBDs, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp as a health supplement. More>>

California mulls texting fee to help poor people get phones

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California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. More>>

Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump

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Jose Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump. More>>

Scientists scour WWI shipwreck to solve military mystery

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100 years later, researchers conclude underwater mine sank World War I warship off the coast of New York. More>>

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

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Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest. More>>

Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018

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Wildlife managers have confirmed that a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year. More>>

Record count reported for mysterious paralyzing illness

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Health officials are reporting the most cases ever of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children. More>>

Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

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Doctors: American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations. More>>

Melania Trump makes Christmas visit to children's hospital

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Melania Trump is keeping up the first ladies' tradition of a Christmas season visit to a Washington children's hospital. More>>

More sleep in Seattle: Later school start helps kids get zzz

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High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle thanks to a later start of the school day. More>>

Southwestern US states close to sealing drought deal

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Water managers from seven Southwestern states that depend on the Colorado River say they're close but haven't finalized an unprecedented drought contingency plan they may have to implement in 2020. More>>

Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has struck down a pension law that prompted thousands of teachers to protest at the state Capitol. More>>

Hung without care? Some say tunnel decor is an eyesore

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Holiday decorations that have been displayed for decades at the entrance of the Holland Tunnel into New York are not making the season bright for some motorists. More>>

Minnesota lawmakers discuss reining in soaring insulin costs

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Minnesota lawmakers are considering steps they could take to rein in the soaring cost of insulin, which one couple says has become so expensive that their diabetic son could no longer afford it and died. More>>

Man gives up 1st-class plane seat for mother with ill child

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A Pennsylvania man who has been praised for giving up his first-class seat for a mother with an 11-month-old baby says he doesn't think it was that big of a deal. More>>

Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

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Colorado police are asking for help in their search for a missing woman, whose family calls her disappearance completely out of character for the mother of a one-year-old daughter. More>>

Man rescued in coal mine: Four-day ordeal was 'terrible'

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The father of a woman found alive after spending days in an underground coal mine in West Virginia says his daughter went into the mine in search of copper. More>>

Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. More>>

Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

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Authorities estimate it will cost at least $3 billion to clear debris of 19,000 homes destroyed by California wildfires last month. More>>

Brazilian couple get light sentences in grandson's abduction

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A federal judge has sentenced a Brazilian couple to minimal prison sentences for helping their daughter kidnap their grandson, who has been living in Brazil for the last five years after being taken from Texas. More>>

3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine

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Authorities say three people missing since last weekend have been found alive at a nonoperational coal mine in southern West Virginia. More>>

Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leak

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Two Russian cosmonauts are preparing to venture outside the International Space Station to inspect a section where a mysterious leak has been discovered. More>>

Attorneys for ex-Baylor student break silence over rape case

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Attorneys for a former Baylor University student accused of rape have fired back against an account the accuser read in court, saying it was "riddled with distortions and misrepresentations.". More>>

Pilot seriously injured after military jet crash off Hawaii

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A military spokesman says an aircraft crashed in the ocean Wednesday. More>>

Hertz, Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans

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Hertz partners with Clear to speed car rental process with biometric scanning. More>>

SC teen pleads guilty to murder in death of father, boy

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A teen has pleaded guilty to two charges of murder for fatally shooting his father in their home and a 6-year-old boy at a South Carolina elementary school. More>>

Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off highway Video included

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Washington state is finishing construction on its largest wildlife bridge: a 35-foot-tall, 66-foot-wide span that will carry myriad migrating animals over busy Interstate 90. More>>

Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

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The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre is recommending that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings. More>>

Judge declines to dismiss challenge to US asylum delays

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A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases. More>>

Lawsuit: Police chief condones white officers' racism, abuse

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A federal lawsuit accuses police officials in a Washington, D.C., suburb of retaliating against black and Hispanic officers who complain about racist, abusive conduct by white officers. More>>

Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

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California's top firefighter: Wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in particularly vulnerable areas. More>>

Quackarazzi: Mandarin duck holds NYC in its spell

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Quackarazzi: A brightly colored Mandarin duck is holding New York City in its spell, with pink, purple, orange and emerald green colors one admirer called a "living box of crayons.". More>>

Activists decry no-jail sentence for former frat president

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A woman who accused a former Baylor University student of raping her at a fraternity party says she's outraged his plea includes no jail time. More>>

Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests at courthouses

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Dozens of retired state and federal judges are calling on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally. More>>

Police rip toddler from mother's arms at benefits office

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The New York Police Department is investigating video that shows a group of officers pulling a 1-year-old boy from his mother's arms while arresting her at a Brooklyn food stamp office. More>>

With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves' exit pay

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The investigation into sexual-misconduct claims against former CBS CEO Les Moonves will loom large over the network's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday. More>>

NASA's Voyager 2 becomes 2nd craft in interstellar space

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NASA's Voyager 2 becomes only 2nd human-made object to reach space between the stars. More>>

The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires

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Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion. More>>

Doc took pics of sex abuse; patients seek their whereabouts

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Victims of alleged molestation by a physician at Rockefeller University Hospital want to know what happened to photos they say the doctor took while the abuse was occurring. More>>

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

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Artificial dyes are falling out of favor, but foods get color boosts in other unexpected ways. More>>

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake jolts Tennessee; felt in Atlanta

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck eastern Tennessee and could be felt in Atlanta. More>>

4 journalists and a newspaper are Time's Person of the Year

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Time magazine's 2018 person of the year are the "guardians and the war on truth.". More>>

California judge orders porn star to pay Trump legal fees

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A federal judge has ordered porn star Stormy Daniels to pay Donald Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys' fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against the president was dismissed. More>>

Groups end ties with club that denied black applicant

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A South Carolina social club's decision to deny membership to a doctor who would have been its first black member has prompted several local groups to cut ties with it. More>>

Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media Video included

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Christmas tree farmers nationwide are fighting back against the growing popularity of the artificial Christmas evergreen with a social media ad campaign. More>>

Michelle Obama surprises Detroit students at Motown Museum

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Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students, walking in as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education at the Motown Museum. More>>

Moment of reckoning looms for ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen Video included

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The moment of reckoning has nearly arrived for ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. More>>

Man who killed newlywed during robbery executed in Texas

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Texas death row inmate set to be executed for the fatal shooting more than 25 years ago of a newlywed who had only been married for 10 days. More>>

Los Angeles-area development approved in fire-prone zone

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Los Angeles County supervisors approved a massive housing project in fire-prone mountains as the state continues to recover from devastating wildfires. More>>

California lawmaker arrested on child cruelty suspicion

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A California state lawmaker has been arrested on suspicion of child cruelty. More>>

Nude photos linked to ex-USC doc in sex-abuse investigation

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Detectives were trying to determine whether nude photographs linked to a former University of Southern California gynecologist show any of the women who claim he sexually harassed or abused them during examinations. More>>

Walker: Partial vetoes possible on some lame-duck bills

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Gov. Scott Walker says the powers of his Democratic replacement will remain among the strongest of any governor in the country, even if he signs bills passed in a lame-duck session. More>>

Jury recommends life in prison for man who rammed crowd

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A Virginia jury is set to resume deliberations on a sentencing recommendation for a man convicted of killing a woman and injuring dozens when he drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally. More>>

Teen accused in pregnant classmate's murder appears in court

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An Indiana judge entered a preliminary not guilty plea for a high school football player accused of killing a 17-year-old schoolmate who was pregnant with his child. More>>

Catch limits increase for key West Coast groundfish species

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Federal officials say they are increasing catch limits for several species of West Coast groundfish that were severely depleted more than a dozen years ago, posing a threat to the commercial and sports fishing industries. More>>

Melania Trump gives gifts at Marine Corps Reserve toy drive

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Melania Trump is sorting toys and making Christmas cards for an annual toy drive held by the Marine Corps Reserve. More>>

Cosby lawyers detail 11 alleged trial errors as they appeal

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Bill Cosby's lawyers file list of alleged trial errors as they seek to undo conviction, 3- to 10-year sentence. More>>

Refreezing still a threat after snowstorm; rain on the way

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Several Southern states hit hard by a wintry storm were gradually warming Tuesday, but forecasters warned that temperatures in many areas will plunge below freezing again Tuesday night. More>>

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

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The Trump administration is advancing plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activities on huge swaths of land in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species. More>>

'Truth isn't truth' tops list of notable quotes in 2018

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The assertion that "truth isn't truth," made by a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2018. More>>

Woman who accused man of rape outraged he got no jail time

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A Texas judge has accepted a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of rape to avoid serving jail time. More>>

Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules

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Companies seeking tax credits from Wisconsin's troubled job-creation agency would face less scrutiny under a provision Republicans included in a package of lame-duck legislation designed to weaken newly elected Democrats. More>>

US arrests 32 at San Diego border demonstration

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US Border Patrol agents handcuff about a dozen people participating in demonstration organized by Quaker group at U.S.-Mexico border to protest militarization of border. More>>

Man who claimed Howard Hughes inheritance dies in Nevada

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Melvin Dummar, a delivery driver whose claim that reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes left a handwritten will bequeathing him $156 million when he died in 1976 was dismissed as a hoax, has died in rural Nevada. More>>

California inferno gives rise to family-reuniting 'Angels' Video included

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In the aftermath of California's catastrophic wildfire, online sleuths known as 'angels' bring their skills to Paradise to reconnect friends and family with survivors. More>>

Indiana teen charged with killing pregnant schoolmate

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Authorities say a 16-year-old boy is suspected in the death of a 17-year-old pregnant schoolmate whose body was found near her northern Indiana home in a restaurant's dumpster. More>>

Wall Street's Fearless Girl statue gets new place of honor

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The "Fearless Girl" statue that inspired millions with a message of female empowerment has a new home in front of the New York Stock Exchange. More>>

The Latest: No sentence yet for man who rammed protesters

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Several people who were severely injured by a man who drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally have described devastating physical and psychological injuries to jurors deciding a sentencing recommendation. More>>

No sentence yet for man who rammed rally counterprotesters

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The same jury that convicted a man of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally will now decide his punishment. More>>

The Latest: US arrests 32 at San Diego border protest

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US Border Patrol agents handcuff about a dozen people participating in demonstration organized by Quaker group at U.S.-Mexico border to protest militarization of border. More>>

US judge tosses bulk of suit against Trump immigration move

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A U.S. judge in San Francisco says the Trump administration provided adequate justification for its decision to end a program that reunited hundreds of immigrants from Central America with family members in the U.S. More>>

Police, FBI probe suspected white supremacist attack on DJ

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Authorities say the FBI is now involved in an investigation into an attack by several white supremacists on a black DJ at a tavern in Washington state over the weekend. More>>

Snowed-in South makes the best of day off from work, school

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Millions in Southern states brace for a harsh wintry storm that's bringing immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads or deadly floods. More>>

The Latest: Pig truck crash adds to traffic woes after storm

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An overturned truck full of pigs is adding to traffic delays as western North Carolina digs out from a snow storm. More>>

Polygamous group lets go of sprawling Arizona worship center

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A polygamous group based on the Utah-Arizona border has allowed the building where it held worship services to be taken over in an ongoing eviction process that has steadily loosened the sect's grip on a community it ruled for a century. More>>

The Latest: Teen charged with killing pregnant schoolmate

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Northern Indiana authorities have accused a 16-year-old football player of fatally stabbing a 17-year-old girl during a fight about her pregnancy, tightly tying a plastic bag over her and dumping her body. More>>

Agency: Fear of returning home spikes at US-Mexico border

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People expressing fear to return home after being stopped at the US-Mexico border spiked in the last year, according to figures released by Monday by US Customs and Border Protection on the first step in the asylum process. More>>

Admitted killer sentenced to 3 life terms plus max 230 years

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A Nebraska man convicted of killing his wife has pleaded guilty to killing his parents and a niece. More>>

Church says nuns embezzled from school to cover Vegas trips

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Church officials say a pair of nuns embezzled a "substantial" amount of money from the Southern California Catholic school where they worked for decades and used it to pay for gambling trips to Las Vegas casinos. More>>

Newtown shooter described 'scorn for humanity'

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Documents from the investigation into the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut are shedding light on the gunman's anger, scorn for other people, and deep social isolation in the years leading up to the shooting. More>>

Trump plan to reclassify nuke waste alarms environmentalists

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The Trump administration has proposed reclassifying some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to make disposal cheaper and easier. More>>

Rise up: Female voices take center stage at Grammys

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Female musicians who not only write their own lyrics _ but produce their songs too _ are taking center stage at the 2019 Grammy Awards, a year after female voices were shut of the show's major categories. More>>

US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

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With drought continuing and reservoirs shrinking, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the Colorado River had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. More>>

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

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Kansas' new Democratic governor has promised not to raise taxes to boost state spending, but Republicans who control the Legislature argue that one is already coming. More>>

With Kevin Hart's downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

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Hart's fallout raises questions about the Oscars host problem and the liability of social media. More>>

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

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Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers says he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power. More>>

Teachers union: Tentative deal to end charter schools strike

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The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator is ending in Chicago. More>>

GM plant closing not expected to stall Detroit's rebound

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General Motors' planned shutdown of its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would leave only one auto assembly factory in the city, but the closure and job losses are not expected to stall-out Detroit's remarkable comeback. More>>

Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

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Global carbon pollution rose sharply this year after several years of little growth. More>>

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

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Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland has died in Minnesota. More>>

FBI: Man charged in kidnapping, death of North Carolina teen

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The FBI says an arrest has been made in the disappearance and death of a North Carolina teenager. More>>

School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

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Refined grains will be allowed back on school lunches, as will flavored, low-fat milk. More>>

Boy hits target, convinces town to scrap snowball fight ban

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Boy gets small Colorado town to lift nearly century-old ban on snowball fights. More>>

Study that took aim at 'Joy of Cooking' is retracted

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Another study by a prominent food researcher is being retracted. More>>

Winter storm causes icy roads across swath of South

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Millions in Southern states brace for a harsh wintry storm that could bring immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads or deadly floods. More>>

Amazon touted as big win for NY, but math is more complex

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Elected officials say the deal to bring a new Amazon headquarters to New York City is a big win for taxpayers, but the math behind billions of dollars in tax breaks and incentives isn't that simple. More>>

Virginia city seeks healing after man's murder conviction

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Civil rights activists in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, are hoping the first-degree-murder conviction of a man who drove into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally will help heal their scarred community. More>>

Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host over his anti-gay tweets

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Kevin Hart's response to criticism over earlier homophobic tweets has further inflamed the backlash to the newly minted Oscar host. More>>

Trump resort worker: No regrets speaking out about abuse

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A Guatemalan living in the U.S. illegally who says she faced abusive working conditions as a maid at Donald Trump's New Jersey golf club doesn't regret speaking out, even though she might lose her job and be deported. More>>

Elder Bushes are gone but family Maine retreat to stay alive

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The passing of George and Barbara Bush won't mean an end to the children's laughter, splashing in the pool, barking dogs, or clinking horseshoes at the family compound on the Maine coast. More>>

Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeks

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Dog that survived deadly Northern California wildfire apparently guarded his burned home for almost a month until his owner returned. More>>

In darkness and chaos, deputy killed by friendly fire

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Authorities say they plan to announce a "significant" development in their investigation of last month's shooting at a popular Southern California bar that killed 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy. More>>

Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance Video included

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About 20 survivors are gathering at Pearl Harbor to remember thousands of men lost in the Japanese attack 77 years ago. More>>

Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy veteran recalls 1941 attack Video included

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Retired Navy commander Don Long remembers the 1941 Japanese attack on Hawaii from his home in Northern California. More>>

2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners

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Twice in the span of 11 days last month, a black man who drew a gun in response to a crime in the U.S. was shot to death by a white police officer after apparently being mistaken for the bad guy. More>>

Trump Justice pick likely to be queried on Mueller comments

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President Donald Trump says he will nominate William Barr, former President George H.W. Bush's attorney general, to serve in the same role. More>>

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

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Millions in Southern states brace for a harsh wintry storm that could bring immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads or deadly floods. More>>

Absentee vote changes may have invited 'ballot harvesting'

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Changes to North Carolina's absentee voting rules may have invited 'ballot harvesting'. More>>

Correction: Trump-Joint Chiefs story

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President Donald Trump says he'll be making an announcement on Saturday concerning the Joint Chiefs of staff. More>>

Disneyland tower suggested as Legionnaires' disease source

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A health official testified that a cooling tower that provides mist to make Disneyland guests more comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak last year near the theme park. More>>

Man who drove into crowd convicted of first-degree murder

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Jury deliberations set to begin in murder trial of man accused of plunging into a crowd of counterprotesters at white nationalist rally, killing 1 woman and injuring dozens. More>>

Military officials unveil damage from powerful Alaska quake

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Military officials at the sprawling Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson say last week's magnitude 7.0 earthquake near Anchorage caused multiple problems around the base, including damage to steel frameworks, ceilings, and sprinkler and heating systems. More>>

Pelosi recalls Arizona's former US Rep. Pastor at funeral

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Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona's first Hispanic member of Congress, will be laid to rest Friday. More>>

Caretaker of neglected, bone-strewn cemetery is arrested

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A mass desecration of graves at a Connecticut cemetery has devastated dozens of families while police determine whether to file criminal charges. More>>

US appeals court won't immediately allow Trump asylum ban

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A divided U.S. appeals court has refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

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A bill making it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate. More>>

Foie gras off Amazon's offerings in California in settlement

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California prosecutors say Amazon has agreed to stop selling foie gras in the state from birds that have been force fed after state lawmakers banned that form of the fatty duck and goose liver delicacy. More>>

Trump demands border wall money; shutdown showdown nears

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President Donald Trump is in Missouri to address a national conference on crime. More>>

Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

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Effort to dilute power of next Wisconsin governor stirs separation-of-powers debate. More>>

Suicide recorded on cell phone sends Utah man to prison

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A Utah man who helped a teenage girl kill herself and filmed the act to fulfill what prosecutors called a fascination with death will serve at least five years and up to life in prison. More>>

Michigan's medical chief to stand trial on Flint charges

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Michigan's chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis. More>>

Indiana man pleads guilty to 1988 killing of 8-year-old girl

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An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl. More>>

Storm brings record rainfall, snow to Southern California

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Authorities are keeping a worried eye on fire-scarred hillsides in Southern California after a storm brought flooding and prompted evacuation orders for hundreds of homes. More>>

The Latest: Deputy killed by friendly fire in bar shootout

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California sheriff: Deputy responding to mass shooting at bar was killed by bullet fired by highway patrolman. More>>

Christmas turkey, fruitcake rocketing toward space station

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Christmas turkey rockets toward the International Space Station, along with cranberry sauce and fruitcake. More>>

The Latest: Silent moment to remember Pearl Harbor attack Video included

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Pearl Harbor survivors, dignitaries and the public are remembering those killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago. More>>

2 Jesuit provinces releases 153 names of accused abusers

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A Catholic Jesuit province covering 13 states says it has found "credible allegations" of sexual abuse involving 42 priests and other ministry leaders, dating back to 1955. More>>

The Latest: Private, graveside service ends; Bush buried Video included

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More than 11,000 people paid their respects to George H.W. Bush as the 41st president lay in repose all night at a Houston church where his family worshipped. More>>

Secret Service detail for Bush, code name 'Timberwolf,' ends

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Secret Service ends detail for George H.W. Bush after nearly 40 years of protecting the former president, who was known by the code name "Timberwolf". More>>

Bush's presidential funeral train first in nearly 50 years Video included

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George H.W. Bush's presidential funeral train will be first in nearly 50 years. More>>

$1.3B award upheld against racecar driver over payday loans

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A U.S. appeals court has upheld a nearly $1.3 billion award against a pro racecar driver who ran a payday loan business accused by federal authorities of deceiving consumers. More>>

North Carolina Democrat drops race concession amid probe

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A leader of the North Carolina Republican Party says the organization would be open to a new election if an investigation were to find a high likelihood that wrongdoing swayed the state's unresolved congressional race. More>>

Amazon workers treated after bear repellent releases fumes

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Authorities say 24 workers at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey have been taken hospitals for treatment after bear repellant fell off a shelf and released fumes, including one person who is in critical condition. More>>

1 child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash

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Authorities: 1 child is dead, 40 people injured after charter bus carrying Tennessee youth football team crashes in central Arkansas. More>>

Funding for defense in NY sex-trafficking case questioned

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Federal prosecutors are challenging how defense lawyers are being paid in the case against a self-improvement organization accused of branding female followers. More>>

US court won't reopen lawsuit about Confederate-themed flag

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A federal appeals court will not revive a lawsuit that tried to block a Mississippi city from flying the state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem. More>>

The Latest: Tennessee inmate's last words barely heard

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US Supreme Court has refused to halt plans by the state of Tennessee to put an inmate to death in the electric chair. More>>

Teen who killed parents sentenced to 40 years

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A teenager who told authorities she "snapped" and killed her parents while struggling with gender identity is going to prison for 40 years. More>>

Former CBS chief Moonves accused of more sexual misconduct

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Report says a probe by CBS lawyers outlines more allegations of sexual misconduct by longtime chief Les Moonves. More>>

NYPD officer faces May trial in Eric Garner chokehold death

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A New York City police officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face a disciplinary trial in May; Garner's pleas of "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry against police brutality. More>>

2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 1 dead, 5 missing

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Japanese and U.S. officials say two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and search and rescue operations are under way. More>>

Utah hate crime law under scrutiny after tire shop beating

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The recent beating of a young man and his father at their Salt Lake City tire shop by an attacker who told police he targeted them because they were Mexican is renewing criticism of the state's hate crime law, which one prosecutor is calling unusable. More>>

The Latest: Evers: Wisconsin GOP desperate to cling to power

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The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature has approved a sweeping package of bills weakening the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More>>

Walker shouted down over GOP attempt to weaken his successor

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Wisconsin Republicans plan dramatic votes in the state Legislature in a sweeping attempt to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More>>

Hong Kong businessman guilty of bribery in African oil deal

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Hong Kong businessman convicted of bribing leaders of Chad and Uganda to land oil rights for Chinese energy firm. More>>

School's historical re-enactment causes shooting scare

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Authorities say a historical re-enactment where blanks were fired sent dozens of police officers and panicked parents to a South Carolina elementary school. More>>

Lawyer: Trump resort hired undocumented workers

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The New York Times reports that two women hired to clean at one of President Donald Trump's resorts say they were in the country illegally when they got their jobs, supervisors knew it and that many other employees there are also undocumented. More>>

Correction: Marijuana-Michigan-News Guide story

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Michigan clears a threshold this week as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes. More>>

Sheriff: Woman kills jail escapee who kicks in her door

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Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a South Carolina jail was shot and killed by a woman after he kicked open the backdoor of her home. More>>

GOP tries to hamstring incoming Democratic attorneys general

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Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan try to hamstring incoming Democratic attorneys general. More>>

A football weekend turns to tragedy for Tennessee all-stars

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Officials: Most of the youth football players and adults who were injured when charter bus overturned in Arkansas have been released from hospitals. More>>

Should you need to pass a social media check to get a gun?

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Should authorities be able to deny handgun licenses for hateful tweets? A New York lawmaker's proposal would require checks of social media posts for potential warning signs of violence. More>>

Union: Chicago teachers stage 1st US charter school strike

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Union leaders say teachers employed by a Chicago charter school network are staging the first strike at any of the privately run, taxpayer-funded schools in the U.S. More>>

Denver officials want to erase low-level marijuana offenses

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Officials in Colorado's largest city say they are working on a plan to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state. More>>

Arkansas' capital city elects black mayor for first time

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Voters are casting ballots in a runoff election that could result in Little Rock's first popularly elected black mayor, six decades after Arkansas' capital city was the center of a school desegregation fight. More>>

Miss America terminates agreements with NJ, NY and FL

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The Miss America Organization has widened its purge of state officials who have opposed the national leadership, revoking the licenses of New Jersey, New York and Florida. More>>

Arizona agency wrestles with bias amid post-Arpaio overhaul

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The new sheriff of metro Phoenix is making progress in carrying out a court-ordered overhaul of his agency after it was found to have racially profiled Latinos in his predecessor's traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. More>>

With 11 names left, search for wildfire missing winds down

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The search for people unaccounted for after the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least a century is winding down in California, with 11 names left on a list that once approached 1,300 and prompted fears that hundreds had died in the flames. More>>

Biden says he's the most qualified person to be president

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Former Vice President Joe Biden says he'll announce within the next two months whether he plans to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. More>>

Iditarod clears four-time champion in dog-doping scandal

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Iditarod officials have cleared a four-time champion of any wrongdoing in a dog-doping scandal that followed the sled dog race last year. More>>

Avenatti agrees to give up assets to estranged wife

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A Southern California judge has transferred assets including an airplane and a Ferrari from Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti to his estranged wife. More>>

Bankruptcy filing provides rare window into diocese finances

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New Mexico's largest Catholic diocese has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent months on lawyers to fight claims of clergy sex abuse and to prepare for a potentially lengthy fight in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. More>>

How AP photographed George H.W. Bush lying in state Video included

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Guywires, antennae and negotiations: AP's photo director explains how the news agency took aerial shots of former President George H.W. Bush lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington. More>>

Flag-waving crowds in Texas watch Bush's funeral train Video included

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Flag waving-crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train carried the flag-draped body of former President George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texas, where he'll be buried on the grounds of his presidential library. More>>

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