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Southern drought relents but not over, despite recent rains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:42am

Recent showers and storms across much of the South have eased the severe drought in the region, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell.

Alabama scheduled to execute man for clerk's 1994 killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:50am

Alabama is preparing to execute an inmate convicted in the 1994 killing of a convenience store clerk.

Driver of deadly crash had history of accidents, seizures

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:40am

The man who crashed a Baltimore school bus into a transit bus, killing himself and five other people, had been in at least a dozen car accidents in the past five years, had a history of seizures and other medical issues, and recently had his commercial driver's license privileges suspended because of an outdated medical certificate, according to federal transportation investigators.

Police urge no rush to judgment in shooting of Reno student

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:30am

Social media postings about a school district police officer shooting a Nevada high school student waving a knife toward classmates drew an immediate plea from authorities not to rush to conclusions about the on-campus incident.

Obama and Trump hurled insults, now trade pleasantries

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:23am

Did anyone see it coming, the apparent new rapport between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump?

Trump to meet with victims of OSU attack, resume road show

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:22am

Donald Trump is going to try to show a more sensitive side Thursday, meeting with victims of last week's Ohio State University attack, before taking his "thank you" road show to three more states that supported him in the election.

Trumps taps retired Marine general for homeland security

Lolita C. Baldor and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20am

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly carved out a reputation as a highly respected, but often outspoken commander who could roil debate with blunt assessments or unpopular directives on issues ranging from women in combat to the treatment of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

A look at 3 investigations of senior military officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20am

Military leaders are launching a broad review of how the services investigate accusations of misconduct by senior officers, citing deep concerns about how long the process now takes and whether it treats people equally.

Investigators to look at electrical system in Oakland fire

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20am

Federal officials investigating a fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse plan to bring in engineers to examine the building's electrical system, as they try to pinpoint the cause of a blaze that has cast a spotlight on similar artists' colonies around the country that offer cheap housing but unsafe living conditions.

APNewsBreak: Military targets handling of misconduct cases

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20am

Military leaders are trying to fix the lengthy, inconsistent process for investigating senior officers accused of misconduct, The Associated Press has learned. They are seeking to change a hodgepodge system in which investigations can drag on for years while taxpayers pay six-figure salaries to officers relegated to mid-level administrative posts.

You're Hired? Inside the interviews as Trump picks Cabinet

Julie Pace and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20am

When Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, arrived to a recent meeting with Donald Trump, the president-elect greeted him with a blunt question.

Trump's new tone on immigrant kids divides GOP

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:12am

Donald Trump's promise to "work something out" for immigrants brought here illegally as kids is dividing fellow Republicans, underscoring how difficult it will be for Congress to take any action on immigration, whether it's building a wall or dealing with immigrant youths.

Defense focuses on penalty, not guilt in church shooting

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:00am

The attorneys defending Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shooting trial are largely conceding his guilt in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church. Their attention is on keeping their client out of the death chamber.

Christmas tree farmer returns wedding band lost 15 years ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:30am

A Christmas tree farmer has found and returned a wedding ring a New Jersey man lost roughly 15 years ago.

US envoy nominee Branstad member of Masons, banned in China

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:20am

If Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad becomes the next U.S. Ambassador to China, he may want to leave any Masonic symbols at home.

Chicago officer convicted of perjury, 2 officers acquitted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:20pm

A Cook County judge has found a Chicago Police officer guilty of perjury for lying under oath during a drug trial but acquitted his supervisor and a suburban officer.

Shoplifting suspect stabs officer at South Carolina Walmart

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:01pm

A deputy police chief says a female officer has been stabbed inside a Walmart store in Columbia, South Carolina, while responding to a shoplifting call.

1 killed, 1 injured in small plane crash in northern Wyoming

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:41pm

Authorities say one person was killed and another was injured in a small plane crash in northern Wyoming.

Man gets 2 years in jail for crash that killed German bikers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:51pm

A man who crashed his pickup into a group of German motorcyclists heading to Yellowstone National Park, killing three, has been sentenced to two years in jail.

Campus officer shot teen with knife at Nevada high school

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:41pm

A campus police officer shot a knife-wielding student at a Nevada high school on Wednesday during a confrontation witnessed by dozens of other students, Reno police said.