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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:44pm

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

Hunter accused of killing upright walking bear sues 6 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

A hunter who says he was falsely accused online of killing a New Jersey black bear that walked upright on its hind legs and became an internet celebrity has sued six social media posters.

Delaware court mulls whether death penalty ruling is retroactive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

Delaware's Supreme Court justices are deciding whether their ruling declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional can be applied retroactively to a dozen men already sentenced to death.

Deadline looms to register for Affordable Care Act coverage

Ben Neary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

The deadline is approaching fast for people in Wyoming to register for insurance coverage for next year under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Child predator who fled US is convicted of rape in England

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

A child predator in Pennsylvania who vanished before his 2006 sentencing was convicted Wednesday in England of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Obama thanks France's Hollande for "close partnership"

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:41pm

The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with President Francois Hollande of France to offer his appreciation for their close partnership.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:33pm

A man fatally shot one Georgia police officer and wounded a second before fleeing an apartment complex near a college campus that went on lockdown as a precaution, authorities said. They said the suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous.

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Official: Fire at warehouse trapped people on second floor

Paul Elias and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:30pm

The fire that killed 36 people during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse grew rapidly and was raging by the time people on the second floor of the building detected it, trapping them upstairs, investigators said.

Nightclub victims' kin: Oakland fire families face long road

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:30pm

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.

Alabama set to execute man Thursday for store clerk killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:21pm

A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk is scheduled to become the second inmate executed in Alabama this year.

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

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:21pm

Eight Chicago residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for the smash-and-grab theft of $60,000 worth of handbags at a Saks Fifth Avenue in suburban St. Louis, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Delaware court mulls retroactivity of death penalty ruling

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:14pm

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.

Disability bias suit: Worker ridiculed, teddy bears beheaded

Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:11pm

A former aide to a New York City Council member says the lawmaker and a senior member of his staff subjected him to cruel bullying that included decapitating the stuffed animals on his desk and locking him in a basement.

The Latest: Official: Fire trapped people on second floor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:11pm

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NTSB: Driver in fatal crash was speeding, had prior wrecks

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:11pm

The driver of a Baltimore school bus that careened into a transit bus, killing him and five others, was speeding, had a history of previous crashes and had a seizure the week before, national investigators said Wednesday.

The Latest: Military officials talk about enlistment bonuses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:04pm

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Ships, jets, giant crowd mark Pearl Harbor anniversary event

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:02pm

Thousands gathered on a pier overlooking Pearl Harbor, observed a moment of silence and watched jets streak across the clear blue sky Wednesday in honor of the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II.

Idaho Fish and Game to try for fee hike once again

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:01pm

Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are once again preparing to push a plan to raise hunting and fishing fees, despite previous resistance from state lawmakers who have refused to advance similar proposals.

2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:01pm

Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings.