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NYC mayor: 'Rigorous' probe into 2 toddlers' radiator deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:32pm

New York City is conducting a "rigorous" investigation into a "freak" radiator accident that led to the deaths of two toddler sisters, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

Defense focuses on penalty, not guilt in church shooting

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:32pm

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.

North Carolina police kill stabbing suspect; children flee

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:31pm

A boy climbed through a window with his younger brother and called 911 after their mother was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, said police, who stormed the house and fatally shot the man when he lunged at them with a knife.

Georgia accuses US of trying to hack its election systems

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:31pm

The U.S. state of Georgia is accusing the Homeland Security Department of apparently trying to hack its election systems.

Jury foreman: 5 jurors were undecided on Slager verdict

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:24pm

The foreman of the jury that couldn't reach a verdict in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer initially wanted to convict Michael Slager of murder.

House approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:21pm

The House has approved a wide-ranging bill to approve water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California.

Kentucky man pleads guilty in family murder plot

Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:13pm

A Kentucky man charged with orchestrating the slayings of his parents, sister and an acquaintance who was enlisted to kill the family has avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty Thursday to four counts of murder.

Alleged Chicago gang boss denies ordering hit on informant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

The purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang has testified he didn't order a hit on a gang associate-turned-police informant killed in 2013 in front of his step-kids.

The Latest: Jury foreman had felony charge dropped

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

The Latest on the jury foreman in the murder mistrial of a South Carolina police officer speaking publicly (all times local):

Correction: Roommate Stabbing-Student Charged story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:11pm

In a story Dec. 5 about a stabbing in Akron, The Associated Press, relying on information from police and court records, misspelled the first name of the man charged in the stabbing. His first name is Kendal, not Kendall.

Key provisions in the defense policy bill passed by Congress

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:01pm

The Senate on Thursday decisively passed the annual defense policy bill, 92-7, a week after the House overwhelmingly approved the measure, 375-34. The votes give Congress solid veto-proof majorities in both chambers as the bill heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

US-Canadian agency OKs changes for Lake Ontario water levels

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:01pm

The U.S. and Canada have adopted a plan designed to improve environmental conditions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally.

Man convicted in killing of 5-year-old girl gets 30 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:01pm

A second man convicted in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl as she sat on her grandfather's lap in Milwaukee has been sentenced to prison.

The Latest: Witness, prosecutor clash over who was aggressor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:54pm

The Latest on the trial of Cardell Hayes, charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith (all times local):

Escaped inmate accused in police stabbing recaptured

Meg Kinnard and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:52pm

An inmate serving a life sentence who escaped from a maximum-security South Carolina prison and stabbed a police officer while on the run has been recaptured after a locked door stopped him from getting into a school, authorities said Thursday.

The Latest: Boy killed in Vegas shop shot in back, head

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:50pm

The Latest on the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas smoke shop (all times local):

Ohio House committee votes to pass 20-week abortion ban

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:50pm

Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill that Republican lawmakers hoped to pass Thursday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Arkansas court upholds gay marriage birth certificate law

Jill Bleed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:50pm

Arkansas' highest court on Thursday threw out a judge's ruling that could have allowed all married same-sex couples to get the names of both spouses on their children's birth certificates without a court order, saying it doesn't violate equal protection "to acknowledge basic biological truths."

Christmas tree farmer returns wedding band lost 15 years ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:41pm

A Christmas tree farmer has found and returned a wedding ring that slipped off a New Jersey man's finger roughly 15 years ago.