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Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'

Brian Melley and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 10:50am

To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the industrial facade of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe.

Orlando shops designate themselves 'safe places' for gays

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 10:40am

Officials in a Florida city are launching a program allowing businesses to designate themselves as safe places for gays and lesbians if they feel threatened.

Red-suited SantaCon revelers fan out across NYC

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 10:40am

New York City's annual SantaCon event is on despite efforts by a community group to deter the holiday pub crawl by red-suited revelers.

Patrons use dough to back pizza place targeted by fake news

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 10:40am

There's at least a slice of good news for a pizza restaurant in the nation's capital caught up in fake news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats.

NYPD seeks cure for gun violence with data-driven cases

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 10:40am

Even as homicide rates have climbed in other American cities, New York City is again on pace to have a near-record low number of shootings, and police are partly crediting refined tactics that include collecting more data and forensic evidence than ever before to go after the worst offenders.

Congress sends bill to Obama on civil rights-era killings

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 10:21am

Congress has sent legislation to President Barack Obama's desk that would continue reviews of racially motivated killings in the civil rights era that are now cold cases.

Trump's team pushes back against Russia hacking reports

Julie Pace and Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 10:10am

Donald Trump's presidential transition team on Saturday challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments concluding that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican.

Austin officials surprised by park condoms-in-trees campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 10:03am

Austin health department workers hung bags of condoms and information about safe sex from trees at a park — without informing their bosses or the local parks department, according to a newspaper report.

Senate honors John Glenn for service, desire to better world

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:40am

Ohio's two U.S. senators say the chamber where the late astronaut-hero John Glenn once served has honored him with a resolution.

Idaho GOP senator to run for lieutenant governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:31am

State Sen. Marv Hagedorn says he's running for lieutenant governor in 2018.

Advocates call Alabama execution an 'avoidable disaster'

Kim Chandler and Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:20am

Defenders of a condemned inmate in Alabama are calling his execution an "avoidable disaster," but the state prison commissioner says there was no visible evidence that he suffered during a lethal injection.

2 killed in shooting at South Ogden home; 3rd person hurt

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

South Ogden police say two men are dead and a third seriously injured following a shooting at a home Friday night.

What the 114th Congress did and didn't do

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 8:59am

Congress wrapped up the 114th session early Saturday, a tumultuous two years marked by the resignation of a House speaker, a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy, bipartisan bills on health care and education and inaction on immigration and criminal justice. The new Congress will be sworn-in Jan. 3.

White supremacists? Not exactly, KKK and other groups claim

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 8:50am

White supremacy is a label that's too hot to handle even for groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

As 114th Congress limped to a close, uncertainty is ahead

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 7:12am

The 114th Congress has limped to a close, two years of partisan acrimony punctuated by the occasional burst of bipartisan deal-making in the waning days of Barack Obama's presidency.

AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case

Ted Bridis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 6:00am

President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who, the FBI concluded, received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The Associated Press has learned.

Supreme Court weighs lawyers' actions in 2 death row cases

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 5:41am

Seven years before Thomas Sims defended Sammie Stokes in a South Carolina death-penalty trial, he had prosecuted Stokes for assaulting his ex-wife.

Dylann Roof's confession and journal detail racist beliefs

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 2:00am

Prosecutors are using the Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof's own words to portray him as a cruel angry racist at his death penalty trial.

Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 1:00am

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump's administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post.