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School boss: Student has right to wear Confederate clothing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:31pm

A Pennsylvania school district superintendent says a student has a right to wear a sweatshirt depicting a Confederate flag even though it upsets a black student and her father.

The Latest: Roof says he couldn't look at victims' families

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:30pm

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):

New CDC data understate accidental shooting deaths of kids

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:21pm

Government statistics released this week claiming that 77 minors in the U.S. were killed by unintentional gun discharges last year significantly understate the scope of an enduring public health problem.

Cops: Ex-chaplain estranged from family kills daughter, self

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:20pm

A former university and Air Force chaplain bought a shotgun after completing treatment for substance abuse and drove to the home of his estranged family, where he killed his adult daughter and then himself, police said Friday.

Hero-astronaut John Glenn to lie in state in Ohio

Dan Sewell and Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:20pm

American hero-astronaut John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building preceding a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space.

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Tourists stream back to Gatlinburg, but rebuilding looms

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:02pm

Visitors jammed the main roads and sidewalks in Gatlinburg on Friday as the tourism city reopened to the public Friday for the first time since wildfires killed 14 people.

Snow, freezing rain hits Northwest

Steven Dubois and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:01pm

A wintry mix of snow, ice and rain showered fear and excitement in much of the Northwest, a region that typically lives under a cloud of mist and drizzle.

Man gets 19-45 years in Michigan's 'Baby Kate' disappearance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:01pm

A northern Michigan man convicted of second-degree murder in the disappearance of his 4-month-old daughter is not an "an evil person," a judge said Friday in sentencing him to 19 to 45 years in prison.

Police: Woman backs car into 2-year-old nephew, killing him

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:01pm

Police say a New Jersey woman backed her car into her 2-year-old nephew, killing him.

E. Idaho agencies switch to new reporting system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:50pm

Three eastern Idaho agencies have upgraded to a new system intended to streamline report writing and improve the ability of dispatchers to receive calls.

Man convicted of shooting 2 officers during Ferguson protest

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:50pm

A jury has convicted a man of shooting two police officers during a 2015 protest in Ferguson amid fallout over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown months earlier.

The Latest: Sources say Trump to tap Goldman Sachs president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:50pm

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

US Sen. Jim Risch proposes new wilderness area in Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:43pm

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican, has introduced a bill that would protect the state's portion of the craggy, scenic Scotchman Peaks.

The Latest: Lawyers say execution sedative was ineffective

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:41pm

The Latest on the execution in Alabama of a man convicted of killing a store clerk (all times local):

Officials seek certification requirement for 911 dispatchers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:40pm

The manager of the Idaho State Police's emergency communication program says certification should be required for emergency dispatchers.

VMI leader defends coloring as stress reliever for cadets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:40pm

The leader of Virginia Military Institute is defending a program that offers coloring as a way for cadets to ease stress amid widespread attention on social media.

US airstrike killed militant linked to Charlie Hebdo attack

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:40pm

An Islamic State leader linked to the 2015 attacks at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, U.S. military officials said Friday.

VMI leader defends coloring as stress reliever for cadets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:21pm

Virginia Military Institute's leader is defending a program that offers coloring as a way for cadets to ease stress amid widespread attention on social media.

Conspiracy theorists: 'Pizzagate' shooting just a false flag

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:12pm

For conspiracy theorists, the bizarre rumors of "pizzagate" didn't end when a man brought a gun to a Washington restaurant this week in a misguided attempt to rescue nonexistent child sex slaves. Instead, the shooting sparked discussion that the conspiracy runs deeper.

4 more likely homegrown Zika cases found in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 12:10pm

State officials have announced four more cases of Zika that are believed to have been transmitted in Texas, almost two weeks after announcing the first such case.