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Dylann Roof to judge: Let lawyers back on death penalty case

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 12:11pm

The white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church wants to stop acting as his own lawyer, at least for now.

Death toll in warehouse fire rises to 24, with more expected

Jonathan J. Cooper and Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 12:01pm

The death toll in a late-night dance party fire at a converted Oakland warehouse rose to 24 on Sunday as firefighters dug slowly through the charred remnants of the building in their search for what they expect will be more victims.

Bipedal bear's apparent death motivates bear hunt opponents

Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:50am

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.

NY tweaks medical pot law but still no talk of legalization

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:50am

New York is loosening restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law but, to the dismay of some pot advocates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in embracing full legalization.

Skiing Santas tackle the slopes in annual Maine charity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:41am

Whether he's called Santa Claus, Father Christmas or Pere Noel, he had a slew of jolly, red-suited lookalikes hit the ski slopes on Sunday in Maine.

UW gets DOE funding for carbon capture and storage projects

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:31am

The U.S. Energy Department has awarded nearly $2.4 million to the University of Wyoming for research into commercial carbon capture and storage projects in Wyoming.

Cuban exiles see only a glimmer of hope in Castro's funeral

Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:31am

In the heart of Miami's Little Havana, Cuban exile Armando Garcia said Sunday's funeral of Fidel Castro granted neither simple closure nor optimism for immediate change, but was a glimmer of hope for democracy in Cuba.

24 dead in Oakland fire, more expected

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:01am

Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll has risen to 24 from a fire that ripped through a converted warehouse.

Fire officials investigating cause of Boston-area fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 11:01am

Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the huge blaze that ripped through a Boston-area neighborhood, displacing about 60 to 80 people but "miraculously" resulting in no serious injuries or deaths.

Mummers seek inclusive tone after insensitive displays

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:50am

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.

Deadly police chase prompts debate over tire-slashing device

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:40am

A police chase that killed three people has Pennsylvania officials debating the use of tire-slashing devices to prevent suspects from fleeing during traffic stops.

Experts warn of mental health woes as wildfires ravage South

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:40am

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."

Hoax leads hundreds who served time in crowded jail to sue

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:33am

Hundreds of people who have been spent time in a crowded New Jersey jail have inundated federal court officials with lawsuits after being led to believe part of a large settlement was waiting for them.

Drought conditions persist in northeastern Wyoming

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:31am

Drought conditions are persisting in portions of northeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota.

5 more victims' names released in Gatlinburg wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:20am

Emergency officials have released the names of five more victims in the wildfires that ravaged the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Botched balloting keeps tiny Kansas town from dissolving

John Hanna and Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:10am

The central Kansas town of Frederick has dwindled over the decades to just 10 people, and its only real expense is a $55-a-month electric bill for a half-dozen or so street lights that illuminate the unpaved streets.

Up to a foot more snow expected for Hawaii mountaintops

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:10am

More snow is expected to fall on Hawaii mountaintops as a winter storm warning goes into effect through Monday morning.

CNN: Huntsman in the running for secretary of state as Trump mulls more options

Eric Bradner, CNN  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:01am

Donald Trump is now considering more than four people for secretary of state, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.

Salt Lake City woman is charged with aggravated kidnapping

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 9:40am

A Salt Lake City woman has been charged with aggravated kidnapping in connection with the case of a missing man who police believe was murdered.