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Alabama inmate seeks execution stay from US Supreme Court

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:01pm

An Alabama inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his upcoming execution to consider whether a judge should have been able to give him a death sentence when the jury recommended life imprisonment.

Alaska town's new Inupiat name challenged in court

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:01pm

On paper, the new Inupiat Eskimo name of the nation's northernmost town is now official. But not so fast. The reality is not so simple.

People complained about suspected serial killer years ago

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:01pm

People complained to South Carolina's licensing agency about Todd Kohlhepp's threats, grim statements and obscene Facebook posts years before authorities found a woman chained on his property and charged him in seven killings, redacted documents show.

Chicago-area judge who let clerk take bench has Alzheimer's

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:01pm

A judicial board says a Chicago-area judge who let a law clerk wear robes and preside over traffic cases has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Extraordinary Smokies wildfire moved fast on path to city

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:01pm

The wildfire that popped up on a steep, rugged peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was just one of a dozen that fire crews had been fighting over the last month because of the drought.

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Famously cold N. Dakota winter menaces pipeline protest camp

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:53pm

So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.

Police: Marksman killed gunman after child ran to porch

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:52pm

The gunman had already shot a police officer, threatened to kill two children and barricaded himself upstairs in a house for 11 hours when one of the kids, a 6-year-old boy, escaped.

Border wall seen as threat to Big Bend beauty, wildlife

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:52pm

Opponents of a vast border wall championed by President-elect Donald Trump say it will impair tourism and conservation efforts at Big Bend National Park and beyond, according to a newspaper report.

Another Zika zone cleared as Art Basel opens in Miami

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:51pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state's Department of Health has cleared Miami's Little River area of local Zika transmission.

Tiger cubs raise cuteness quotient at Milwaukee County Zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:51pm

Three 11-week old Amur tiger cubs romped and wrestled together as they made their public debut at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

305 claims approved for Pulse victims' fund

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:51pm

Officials with a fund created from donations for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting say they will distribute $29.5 million on 305 claims when the process is completed.

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Donald Trump goes off on Evan McMullin at Ohio victory rally

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:43pm

President-elect Donald Trump went off on independent candidate and Utah native Evan McMullin without mentioning his name during the first stop on his "thank you" victory tour in Ohio.

Residents line up to see wildfire-ravaged city; 13 dead

Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:40pm

People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a first look at what remained of their homes and businesses, and a mayor raised the death toll to 13, including a woman who died of a heart attack during the firestorm.

2 rare Canada lynx shot dead in Maine; feds investigating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:30pm

Two rare Canada lynx have been killed in Maine, and state and federal wildlife authorities are investigating.

Chains and branded skin: California kidnap case baffles cops

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:30pm

Three weeks after Sherri Papini disappeared, the question of whether she was dead or alive was answered when the young mother and wife was spotted waving frantically for help along a California freeway early on Thanksgiving morning. But the mystery over what happened to her during those 22 days just seemed to grow stranger.

Co-conspirator gets 20 years in Indianapolis house explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:23pm

One of five people charged in a deadly house explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit arson.

Oklahoma court orders new sentence in Australian's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:23pm

An Oklahoma appeals court on Friday ordered a new sentencing for a teenager who has been serving a life in prison without parole term for the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player three years ago.

Philanthropist to fund Washington Monument elevator repair

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:21pm

A project to modernize the Washington Monument's elevator, estimated to cost $2 million to $3 million, will be paid for by businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein, officials announced Friday.

Ohio St. admin derided over call for compassion for attacker

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:13pm

An Ohio State administrator is being criticized for urging compassion for the Somali-born student who injured 11 people in a car-and-knife attack on campus before he was shot to death by police.