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Parole board rejects mercy for Ohio killer of 3-year-old

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:40am

Ohio's prison parole board on Friday rejected mercy for a man set to die in January for the 1993 rape and killing of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

The Latest: Roof's confession to church shooting came fast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 9:31am

The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who is charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local):

The Latest: Congresswoman is Trump's top Interior contender

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

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

Pilot who died in North Dakota crash reported onboard fire

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

The National Transportation Safety Board says a pilot who died in an airplane crash in North Dakota last week reported an onboard fire shortly before the plane went down.

Trump praises Michigan GOP while weighing RNC chairman call

Thomas Beaumont and David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:50am

Donald Trump is nearing a decision on who will lead the Republican National Committee and could tap Michigan Republican Party chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel for a leadership post Friday during his visit to Grand Rapids.

Prosecutors to play Roof confession in church slayings trial

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:50am

Dylann Roof's confession to killing nine black church members in a racially motivated attack last year will be publicly aired for the first time Friday when prosecutors play a recording of police questioning the young white man.

Man who stabbed girlfriend expresses remorse in 911 call

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:40am

Authorities have released an emergency call in which a man says he killed his girlfriend and expresses remorse.

Florida Gov. Scott lifts Zika infection zone in Miami Beach

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:40am

Florida's governor says South Beach is no longer an active infection zone for the Zika virus.

Snow, freezing rain hits usually misty Portland, Oregon

Steven Dubois and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:10am

A wintry mix of snow, ice and rain showered fear and excitement Thursday in Portland — a city that typically lives under a cloud of mist and drizzle — and other parts of Oregon.

Ohio interstate reopens 14 hours after 50-vehicle pileup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:02am

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

Alabama inmate coughs, heaves, during execution by injection

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:02am

An Alabama inmate coughed repeatedly and his upper body heaved for at least 13 minutes during an execution using a drug that has previously been used in problematic lethal injections in at least three other states.

Lessons of hotel fire echo after Oakland warehouse disaster

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:01am

The cries of trapped hotel guests screaming in agony are still seared into Richard Hamil's memory, seven decades after the Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta.

Report: Over 1,000 Russian athletes benefited from 'state-sponsored doping'

Rob Hodgetts, CNN  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:41am

More than 1,000 Russian athletes across 30 sports -- including football -- benefited from state-sponsored doping, according to the latest findings of a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Arrest made following death of 18-year-old Boise woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:40am

Police in Boise say a 61-year-old man has been arrested in New York in connection with the death of an 18-year-old Boise woman whose body was found in late October.

Teen pleads guilty to role in Pierce woman's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:20am

A teenager has acknowledged her role in the death of a woman allegedly killed by a former town board member in the northern Colorado community of Pierce and a group of bikers.

'Secret Santa' pays off meal accounts at Pennsylvania school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:11am

A secret Santa has paid off the outstanding meal accounts for students at a western Pennsylvania elementary school.

Alabama inmate coughs, heaves 13 minutes into execution

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:07am

A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death Thursday night, an execution that required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection.

Examiner: Philadelphia had 35 heroin deaths in 5 days

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

The Philadelphia medical examiner's office says several heroin deaths reported over the weekend might have been part of a bigger problem: as many as 35 deaths in five days.

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.