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The Latest: Senate pays tribute to Vice President Biden

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:52pm

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Girl's body found in well: Trial opens for Kentucky man

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:51pm

Trial has begun for a Kentucky man accused by authorities of killing his former girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter and disposing of her body inside a well.

Delaware court mulls retroactivity of death penalty ruling

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:51pm

Delaware's Supreme Court justices are considering whether to apply their earlier ruling declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional to the cases of a dozen men already sentenced to death.

Free spirit, sheriff deputy's son among Oakland fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:51pm

There was a musical artist from Ohio who was generous in giving people hugs to make them feel appreciated. A music-loving teenage son of a sheriff's deputy. And a DJ passionate about social justice.

The Latest: No active threat at Nevada school on lockdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:43pm

The Latest on a shooting at a Reno High School (all times local):

The Latest: Post on suspect's FB page: 'Not going to jail'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:41pm

The Latest on the shooting of two police officers in south Georgia (all times local):

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Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:39pm

Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.

Authorities: 2 juveniles charged in East Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:31pm

Authorities: 2 juveniles charged in East Tennessee wildfires that killed 14.

Prosecutor drops charges in death of Detroit college officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:21pm

Prosecutors dropped murder charges Wednesday against a man in the killing of a Detroit college police officer who was shot in the head while on duty, but did not elaborate on why they no longer consider him a suspect.

Nightclub victims' kin: Oakland fire families face long road

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:12pm

Authorities investigating the California warehouse party fire that killed 36 people have said they are considering a criminal case — even murder charges. But as relatives learned after a nightclub fire killed 100 people in Rhode Island, any prosecution would be a long and complicated road that may not end with a feeling of justice.

Correction: Elk Refuge-Pronghorn story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:12pm

In a story Dec. 6 about pronghorn at an elk refuge, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the animals were elk. They are a separate species.

UConn not sanctuary campus but will help immigrant students

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:11pm

The University of Connecticut says it will do all it can to support students who don't have legal immigration status even though it can't become a sanctuary campus.

8 people indicted for smash-and-grab at Missouri Saks store

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:11pm

Eight Chicago residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for the smash-and-grab crime at a Saks Fifth Avenue in suburban St. Louis.

Sailor laid to rest 75 years after his death at Pearl Harbor

Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:11pm

American flags hung from every pole and business in the small Mississippi town of Wesson as the remains of a 23-year-old sailor headed to his last resting place Wednesday, 75 years to the day after he was killed at Pearl Harbor.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:11pm

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

Pennsylvania high court grapples with juvenile lifer's term

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:04pm

Pennsylvania's highest court is considering what to do about inmates serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles after the U.S. Supreme Court limited that punishment to the most extreme cases.

Customs and Border chief: Migrant surge not letting up

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:01pm

The surge of Central American families seeking asylum at U.S. borders is not letting up, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday after touring a temporary holding facility in the Rio Grande Valley set up to manage the influx.

Louisiana judge off another case, after trial abruptly ends

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:01pm

A federal judge who has been pulled off a string of criminal cases this year was removed from another one this week following the abrupt end to a trial in her Louisiana courtroom.

Police identify Utah worker killed in youth center attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:01pm

Utah police are identifying a worker they say was killed in an attack by a teenage student at a youth treatment center.