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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."

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.

Fire chief: LDS church fire does not appear suspicious

Nate Eaton and Stephen Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:17pm

A massive fire that destroyed a meetinghouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday does not appear to be suspicious, according to Swan Valley Fire Chief Dean Philbrick.

Deadline looms to register for Affordable Care Act coverage

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:13pm

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.

'Angels' left outside the home where 3 children fatally shot

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:11pm

Two days after police say a man who shot and killed three children and critically wounded their mother, neighbors placed angel figurines and stuffed animals outside the Albuquerque home.

Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:10pm

Texas could be the epicenter for the nation's next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America's second-largest state.

The Latest: Los Angeles to crack down on illegal housing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:10pm

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Next North Carolina governor says he can carry out agenda

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:10pm

North Carolina's incoming Democratic governor said Wednesday he's optimistic he'll be able to repeal the law limiting state and local LGBT protections, vowing to pull back the conservative agenda of a Republican-dominated legislature.

US envoy nominee Branstad member of Masons, banned in China

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:10pm

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

Former Eagle Scout set to be executed for Alabama killing

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:02pm

An Alabama man convicted of killing a store clerk is scheduled to be executed Thursday, but lawyers for the former Eagle Scout are urging it be blocked because a judge overrode a jury recommendation in imposing the death sentence.

2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:01pm

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.

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Raging Oakland warehouse fire trapped victims in smoke

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:00pm

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.

Arizona police search for gunman who shot 2 inside Wal-Mart

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:52pm

Police were searching for a shooter who wounded two people Wednesday inside a Wal-Mart store in a Phoenix suburb.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:51pm

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.

Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness

Bruce Smith and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50pm

A survivor of last year's massacre at a black South Carolina church testified Wednesday that her Bible study group had just closed their eyes and started praying when a loud sound shattered the stillness. The basement room went dark.

Woman in love triangle admits to killing husband, mistress

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50pm

A woman who prosecutors say was in a love triangle with her husband and their live-in mistress has pleaded guilty to her role in their slayings.

Prison for Michigan man accused of wanting to fight in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:41pm

A Detroit-area man accused of trying to travel to the Middle East to fight in Syria's civil war has been sentenced to five years in prison.