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A look at three investigations of senior military officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:41pm

Military leaders are launching a broad review of how the services investigate accusations of misconduct by senior officers, citing deep concerns about how long the process now takes and whether it treats people equally.

The Latest: Congress OKs biomedical bill, eyes adjournment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:33pm

The Latest on Congress (all times local):

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:32pm

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.

2 toddlers die after steam burns possibly caused by radiator

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:31pm

Authorities say two toddlers have died after suffering steam burns in a New York City apartment, and investigators are looking into whether a radiator malfunctioned.

Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:31pm

Texas could be the epicenter for the nation's next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America's second-largest state.

Prosecutor: Killer at black church had cold, hateful heart

Bruce Smith and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:31pm

Dylann Roof had a "cold and hateful heart" when he pulled a pistol from his fanny pack during a Bible study last year and killed nine black church members as they closed their eyes for a final prayer, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Feds: Woman made death threats to Sandy Hook victim's parent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:31pm

A Florida woman has been charged with making death threats against the parent of a child who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

Authorities: 1 officer killed, 1 wounded; shooter at large

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:21pm

Authorities say one of the police officers shot in Georgia while responding to a domestic dispute has died and another is in critical condition.

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

Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:21pm

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.

Thousands attend Pearl Harbor anniversary ceremony

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:13pm

Thousands of people gathered at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday for a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead.

Wyoming representative to join Trump transition team

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:11pm

Wyoming's outgoing U.S. representative has been named to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:11pm

There was a musical artist from Ohio who was generous about 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.

APNewsBreak: Military targets handling of misconduct cases

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:02pm

Military leaders are trying to fix the lengthy, inconsistent process for investigating senior officers accused of misconduct, The Associated Press has learned. They are seeking to change a hodgepodge system in which investigations can drag on for years while taxpayers pay six-figure salaries to officers relegated to mid-level administrative posts.

US, Western leaders calling for immediate Aleppo cease-fire

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 12:01pm

The United States and five other Western powers called Wednesday for an immediate cease-fire in the Syrian city of Aleppo and accused Russia of blocking efforts to halt the bloodshed.

NYC police make arrest in ferry charging-outlet fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:50am

New York City police say they've arrested a man accused of trying to stab another passenger in a fight over a charging outlet on a Staten Island Ferry.

Orem chiropractor accused of sexually assaulting patients

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:41am

An Orem chiropractor has been accused of sexually assaulting two women who visited him for evaluations.

Ohio GOP wants to add 20-week abortion ban to heartbeat bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:34am

Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill Republican lawmakers hoped to pass Wednesday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Correction: Elk Refuge-Pronghorn story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:34am

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, related to antelope.

Racial slur found on Idaho Black History Museum building

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:31am

Officials with the Idaho Black History Museum say someone wrote a racial slur on the roof of the museum's storage shed.

Maryland's 'Sen. Barb' and veteran Sen. Boxer bid farewell

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:20am

Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a 40-year veteran of Congress and a tough-as-nails advocate for Maryland, the poor and women's rights, said farewell to the Senate on Wednesday, recalling her roots as a Baltimore community activist and her work for "for jobs and justice."