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Arguments due Friday over how to overhaul polygamous towns

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:50am

The federal government faces a Friday deadline for handing in written closing arguments over how to overhaul two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah that were found to have discriminated against nonbelievers on the basis of religion.

Man gets 2 life sentences for killing Virginia State Trooper

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:40am

The man who was convicted of shooting and killing a Virginia State Trooper in Dinwiddie County has been sentenced to two life terms plus 23 years, without the possibility of parole.

Bloodied hog carcass dumped outside Oklahoma Islamic center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:10am

Authorities are investigating after the carcass of a wild hog was dumped in the parking lot of an Islamic center in Oklahoma.

Trump praises Michigan GOP while weighing RNC chairman call

Thomas Beaumont and David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:52am

Donald Trump may have more than just his gratitude to offer in Michigan when he visits the state that capped his stunning presidential victory last month. Michigan Republican Party chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel is a leading contender for the Republican National Committee's chairmanship.

Police release name of man who lunged at officers, was shot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:50am

Authorities in North Carolina have released the name of a man they say stabbed a woman to death, then lunged at officers with a knife.

Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains reopen after fatal wildfires

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:50am

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, have reopened to the public after wildfires that caused 14 deaths and damaged about 2,500 buildings.

Authorities ID Ohio officer who fatally shot Emirati suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:40am

Authorities in Ohio have released the identity of the Hudson police officer who fatally shot a United Arab Emirates citizen who police say fled after causing a crash on the Ohio Turnpike.

Alabama inmate coughs, heaves, during execution by injection

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:40am

Thirteen minutes into his execution by injection, an Alabama inmate heaved and coughed and appeared to move during tests meant to determine consciousness.

Ohio interstate opens 14 hours after 50-vehicle pileup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:30am

Authorities say an interstate east of Cleveland is open again after a pileup of about 50 vehicles in snowy conditions shut down the highway for more than 14 hours.

Prosecutors to play confession in church shooting trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:00am

Prosecutors in South Carolina say they plan to play Dylann Roof's recorded confession during his federal death penalty trial in the Charleston church shootings.

Clinton decries rise of fake news in Capitol speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:00am

Hillary Clinton decried the rise of fake news as an "epidemic" during a speech on Capitol Hill.

Debris found; Alaska lake searched for plane with 4 aboard

Rachel D'Oro and Bob Seavey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:30am

The search of an Alaska lake was resuming early Friday after debris believed to be from a small plane carrying four people was found in the water, near where the aircraft took off from, an official said.

Group works to reunite pets, owners after Tennessee fires

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:30am

In the emergency evacuations ahead of fast-spreading wildfires out of the Great Smoky Mountains last week, scores of pets were separated from their owners.

Voices from artists fearing crackdowns on artist collectives

Jocelyn Gecker and Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:30am

As the San Francisco Bay Area's artists grieve the loss of life from a deadly warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people, they are also bracing for a possible city crackdown. The city has vowed to protect artists, but many have voiced concerns and point to Baltimore where officials raided a collective called the Bell Foundry, just days after the fire in Oakland.

Firefighter: Warehouse missing from fire-inspection records

Ellen Knickmeyer and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:30am

The illegally occupied Oakland warehouse where dozens of partygoers perished in a blaze does not appear in a database fire inspectors use to schedule inspections and may never have been checked for fire hazards, a firefighter with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

Officials: Friendly fire from deputies killed police dog

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 2:20am

Officials in Florida say a police dog that died during a confrontation with an armed fugitive was actually shot by deputies.

POW or criminal? Appeals court to hear Taliban fighter case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:50am

A fight over whether the U.S. government properly prosecuted a former Russian military tank commander convicted of leading a Taliban attack on American forces is heading to a federal appeals court.

Officer slayings 'wreaked havoc' on rural Georgia community

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:40am

leaving a rural Georgia community grieving and on edge as police hunted the attacker.

Months after brother died at Pulse, sister reopens his salon

Mike Schneider and Josh Replogle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:12am

Six months after her brother and his longtime partner were killed in Orlando's gay nightclub massacre, Jessica Silva is re-opening the couple's beauty salon.