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2 rare Canada lynx shot dead in Maine; feds investigating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:30pm

Two rare Canada lynx have been killed in Maine, and state and federal wildlife authorities are investigating.

Chains and branded skin: California kidnap case baffles cops

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:30pm

Three weeks after Sherri Papini disappeared, the question of whether she was dead or alive was answered when the young mother and wife was spotted waving frantically for help along a California freeway early on Thanksgiving morning. But the mystery over what happened to her during those 22 days just seemed to grow stranger.

Co-conspirator gets 20 years in Indianapolis house explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:23pm

One of five people charged in a deadly house explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit arson.

Oklahoma court orders new sentence in Australian's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:23pm

An Oklahoma appeals court on Friday ordered a new sentencing for a teenager who has been serving a life in prison without parole term for the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player three years ago.

Philanthropist to fund Washington Monument elevator repair

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:21pm

A project to modernize the Washington Monument's elevator, estimated to cost $2 million to $3 million, will be paid for by businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein, officials announced Friday.

The Latest: Philippine president Duterte phones Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:21pm

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

During first look at wildfire rubble, residents in a daze

Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:21pm

People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a first look at what remained of their homes and businesses, and a mayor raised the death toll to 13, including a woman who died of a heart attack during the firestorm.

Ohio St. admin derided over call for compassion for attacker

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:13pm

An Ohio State administrator is being criticized for urging compassion for the Somali-born student who injured 11 people in a car-and-knife attack on campus before he was shot to death by police.

The Latest: Woman pulled from building rubble in Sioux Falls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:01pm

The Latest on rescue efforts at a building that collapsed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (all times local):

1 dead in small plane crash in southwestern Indiana

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:01pm

Indiana State Police say one person has died in a small plane crash in southwestern Indiana.

San Bernardino recalls terror attack with silence, speakers

Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:01pm

At the moment when shooters unleashed terror on San Bernardino a year ago, county employees remembered their fallen colleagues with a moment of silence late Friday morning.

House Dems likely to keep NM lawmaker as campaign chief

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:53pm

House Democrats will likely keep the leader of their campaign organization in his job, even though they're frustrated with their disappointing Election Day showing.

Official says rescuers have pulled a 22-year-old woman alive from a collapsed building in South Dakota

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:51pm

Official says rescuers have pulled a 22-year-old woman alive from a collapsed building in South Dakota.

Alabama inmate seeks execution stay from US Supreme Court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:51pm

An Alabama inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his upcoming execution to consider whether a judge should have been able to give him a death sentence when the jury recommended life imprisonment.

Researchers: Flint water improving, but stick with filters

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:41pm

Water in Flint, Michigan, continues to improve, researchers reported Friday after finding no detectable levels of lead in 57 percent of homes during another round of tests.

Grand jury: Detroit man with explosives intended to kill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:41pm

A Detroit man accused of amassing weapons and buying explosives has been hit with new charges, including an allegation that he intended to kill someone and destroy property.

Police hail parents who found, disarmed son at Utah school

Brady McCombs and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:33pm

A Utah mother and father who followed their son to school and pulled a shotgun from his hand after he fired a round into a classroom ceiling likely prevented bloodshed by acting quickly on their intuition and conversations with the boy after they noticed guns were missing from their home, police said Friday.

FBI at land owned by family in homicide, lost-at-sea case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:30pm

The FBI and other agencies have been at an abandoned New Hampshire property owned by the family of a man whose 2013 homicide remains unsolved and whose daughter is presumed dead after her boat sank during a mother-son fishing trip this year.

The Latest: Slager jury says its deadlocked

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:30pm

The Latest on the trial of a white former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed black motorist (all times local):

Supreme Court takes up hospital pension dispute

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:30pm

The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation's largest health providers can rely on their church affiliations to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers.