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Police use 'fake news' in sting aimed at California gang

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:20am

Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake press release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations who reported it as fact.

Utah congressman to meet with Trump team on monuments issue

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:10am

Republican Congressman Ron Bishop of Utah says he plans to meet Monday with members of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team to discuss the possibility of erasing some presidential designations of national monuments.

Psychotherapist charged with sexual assault of patient

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:00am

A Gillette psychotherapist has pleaded not guilty to using his position of authority to have sex with one of his patients.

The Latest: Site of fatal fire was packed, difficult to exit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:00am

The Latest on a deadly fire in warehouse party in Oakland, California(all times local):

Colorado man sues jail after gouging out his own eye

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:00am

A man who gouged out his own eye while in jail is suing Rio Grande County saying jailers failed to adequately protect him from himself.

Oldest zoo gorilla doing well after biopsy before birthday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:50am

The oldest known gorilla living in a zoo is doing well after a surgical biopsy ahead of her 60th birthday on Dec. 22.

Florida deputy shoots man in Wal-Mart parking lot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:50am

Authorities in Florida are investigating after a man was shot and killed by a Florida deputy sheriff in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store.

Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

Eric Tucker and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:32am

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.

Overnight house fire in Ohio kills 2 adults, 2 children

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:31am

An overnight house fire has killed two adults and two young girls in Akron, Ohio.

Airbnb drops lawsuit against NYC over new state law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:20am

Airbnb has agreed to drop a lawsuit against New York City over a new state law it said could have deterred hosts and impaired its revenues.

Cheyenne man pleads guilty to killing ex-girlfriend

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:50am

A man charged with killing his former girlfriend and shooting her boyfriend in Cheyenne in April 2015 has pleaded guilty to two reduced charges as part of a plea agreement.

Man convicted of murder in hot car death to be sentenced

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:41am

A judge is set to sentence a Georgia man Monday after a jury last month found that he intentionally left his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.

The Latest: Police ID student arrested in professor's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:30am

The Latest on a professor fatally stabbed at the University of California (all times local):

A Castro legacy: Cuban-Americans' hefty clout in US politics

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:10am

Cuban-Americans carry hefty political clout in the United States — they vote more frequently than any other Latinos; they have a strong presence in Washington with three senators, two of whom were serious contenders for the presidency; and only one non-Cuban has been Miami's mayor since 1985.

Final Senate seat to be settled in Louisiana Dec. 10 runoff

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:10am

Louisiana's last-in-the-nation U.S. Senate race has drawn donations from desperate Democrats around the country seeking a victory in their otherwise dismal election cycle, even if they're supporting a pro-gun, anti-abortion candidate deemed such a long shot that he's getting little help from the national Democratic Party.

Despite uproar, N.Carolina governor rivals use private email

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:10am

Republican incumbent Pat McCrory and his Democratic opponent in the undecided North Carolina governor's race have together sent or received hundreds of messages from private email accounts —a sidestep around official communication channels that McCrory's team blasted as "questionable" in a comparison to Hillary Clinton.

Idaho voter turnout in November election hit record numbers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:00am

Idaho voter turnout hit record numbers in last month's election, beating the previous high during the 2012 presidential election.

Sandy Hook group begins violence warning-signs campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:00am

A group formed by families who lost children in the Sandy Hook school shooting has started a new public service campaign designed to teach people to recognize the warning signs of someone who may be contemplating gun violence.

Fire officials say at least 9 people died in a blaze at a warehouse party in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:50am

Fire officials say at least 9 people died in a blaze at a warehouse party in the San Francisco Bay Area.