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Death toll stands at 36 in Oakland warehouse fire

Paul Elias and Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:01am

As crews searched the Oakland warehouse for more bodies, the founder of the arts collective stood near the gutted building Tuesday morning and said he was "incredibly sorry" and that everything he did was to bring people together.

Ohio's top court says police dashcam video is public record

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:53am

Video footage from police cruiser dashcams is a public record that, with some exceptions, should be promptly released upon request, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday.

After 9 years, Times Square hotel murder case headed to jury

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:51am

A nearly decade-old murder case over a prostitute's death in a shabby Times Square hotel will soon go to a jury after being drawn out by debate over the scientific validity of bite-mark evidence.

Man charged in stepdaughter's slaying; body was in suitcase

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:51am

A New York man has been charged with killing his 21-year-old stepdaughter and dumping her body in a suitcase that was found floating in a river last year.

Special-needs Texas teens found in 'deplorable' conditions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:51am

A sheriff says seven special-needs teenagers aged 13 to 16 years old have been removed from "deplorable" conditions at a Houston-area home where they were locked for long periods in a closet.

Uncle accused of kidnapping girl now charged with rape

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:40am

A Tennessee man who police say took his 9-year-old niece out of school and disappeared with her for more than a week has been indicted on sexual-assault charges.

Judge to weigh mental state of teen charged in girl's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:40am

A judge is set to begin considering whether a Utah teenager charged with sexually assaulting and killing a 12-year-old neighbor is mentally competent to stand trial.

The Latest: Biden jokes about 2020 bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:40am

The Latest on Congress (all times local):

Appeals court scrutinizes ex-CIA officer's leak conviction

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:33am

An attorney for a former CIA officer convicted of leaking government secrets to a reporter says prosecutors improperly introduced evidence that the ex-officer had mishandled other classified material.

After mistrial, slain SC man's family still expects justice

Bruce Smith and Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:20am

Relatives of Walter Scott, the black motorist fatally shot while fleeing a traffic stop, say they are confident justice will prevail even though a South Carolina jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in his death.

The Latest: LA transit security boosted after subway threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:10am

The Latest on a threat against a Los Angeles subway station (all times local):

Guilty: Father murdered infant son while driving on highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:00am

A man spotted fatally beating his 4-month-old son while driving down a highway has been convicted of murder.

Head-on crash leaves New Jersey trooper, another man dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:00am

A rookie state trooper responding to a call for help was killed in a violent wreck on a highway when a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed a grassy median and slammed into his cruiser head-on, authorities said.

Kentucky police: Woman points gun at officers, is shot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:00am

Police in Kentucky say officers shot a suicidal woman after she pointed a gun at them.

Student charged after Ohio police find guns, knives in dorm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:51am

Police in Ohio say they found a shotgun, handgun and several knives in a college student's dorm room while investigating whether he had threatened his girlfriend.

Salt Lake County no longer required to offer Spanish ballots

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:51am

Federal officials are no longer requiring Salt Lake County to offer voting assistance and ballots in Spanish because the county has fewer Spanish speakers with limited English proficiency.

Police: Uber driver made unwanted sexual advances, charged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:40am

Police in the Pittsburgh suburbs say an Uber driver has been charged with indecent assault and harassment for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances toward a female passenger.

Governor probing racial bias in NY prisons after Times story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:40am

New York's governor has launched an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system following an investigation by The New York Times.

Report says Pentagon disregarded cost-cutting study

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:13am

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Defense Department disregarded an internal study that found it had a bloated bureaucracy and could cut $125 billion in administrative costs over five years. But a Pentagon spokesman said the study had limited value because it didn't take into account existing cost-cutting programs and lacked "actionable recommendations."

Judge again denies venue change in murder-for-hire trial

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:12am

After giving it a night's thought, a judge still believes he can find six impartial jurors to hear the trial of a Florida woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband.