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New York won't keep ID card applicants' records in future

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:13pm

The city won't keep personal records from future applicants for its immigrant-friendly municipal ID cards, even as it has been temporarily blocked from destroying more than 900,000 current cardholders' records.

Warning prompts Southwest Airlines flight's return to Dallas

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

A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Houston from Dallas turned back after a cockpit warning indicated a pressurization issue.

The Latest: House committee approves 20-week abortion ban

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

The Latest on bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks (all times local):

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Raging Oakland warehouse fire trapped victims in smoke

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:11pm

The fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse started on the ground floor and quickly raged, with smoke billowing into the second level and trapping victims whose only escape route was through the flames, federal investigators said Wednesday.

Authorities: 1 officer killed, 1 wounded; shooter at large

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:30pm

A man fatally shot one Georgia police officer and wounded a second before fleeing an apartment complex near a college campus that went on lockdown as a precaution, authorities said. They said the suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Correction: Warehouse Party Fire-Victims story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:30pm

In stories that ran Dec. 4 through Dec. 7, The Associated Press, using information provided by the city of Oakland, erroneously reported the age and last name of an Oakland warehouse fire victim. The victim was 24-year-old David Cline, not 35-year-old David Clines.

Feds: Hoax beliefs fueled death threats to Sandy Hook parent

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:13pm

A Florida woman has been charged with making death threats against the parent of a child who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:00pm

Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Deadline looms to register for Affordable Care Act coverage

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:54pm

However the Republican majority in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump decide to meet promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Wyoming officials say it appears people who sign up for federally subsidized insurance now are likely to remain covered through next year.

2 toddlers die after steam burns possibly caused by radiator

Tom McElroy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:50pm

Two sibling toddlers died Wednesday after suffering steam burns in a New York City apartment, and investigators are looking into whether a radiator malfunctioned, authorities said.

Firefighter held hand of woman buried under building

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:50pm

One of the first responders who helped rescue a young woman from a building collapse in Sioux Falls that killed a construction worker said he thought of his daughters as he held her hand under the rubble.

College roommates among Oakland warehouse fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:43pm

A fun-loving computer science graduate and 21-year-old college roommates were among the 36 people killed when fire engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse.

Teacher barred for 12 years after dragging student by hair

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:40pm

Fired, criminally charged and with her state teaching license on the line, Linda Winters-Johnson admitted Wednesday that she'd been wrong to drag a special education student by the hair across the gym floor at Greenville High School.

The Latest: Mayor: City will review smoke-alarm regulations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:40pm

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US envoy nominee Branstad member of Masons, banned in China

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:40pm

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

Purported Chicago gang leader to jurors: Gang never existed

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:31pm

The purported leader of Chicago's powerful Hobos street gang surprised courtroom observers by choosing to testify Wednesday at his own racketeering conspiracy trial, telling jurors that no such gang existed despite his full-arm tattoo emblazoned with the words — "Hobo: The Earth Is Our Turf."

Crowd honors 'gift of freedom' from Pearl Harbor servicemen

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:30pm

Thousands of people observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead.

Commander backs standing for national anthem at Pearl Harbor

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:20pm

U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris says those who served during the attack on Pearl Harbor never failed to stand for the national anthem.

The Latest: Reward boosted by $10,000 for suspect's location

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:20pm

The Latest on the shooting of two police officers in south Georgia (all times local):

Campus police officer shoots teen at Nevada high school

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:20pm

A campus police officer shot a student Wednesday during a confrontation witnessed by dozens of other students at a Nevada high school, according to authorities.