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Mistrial in S. Carolina police shooting mystifies observers

Errin Haines Whack and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:51pm

The video was unambiguous: A white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as the man ran away.

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Trump interjects himself in Air Force One, business deals

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:43pm

President-elect Donald Trump, a political newcomer who touts his corporate skills, turned businessman-in-chief Tuesday, first demanding the government cancel a multibillion-dollar order for new presidential planes and then hailing a Japanese company's commitment to invest billions in the U.S.

Man fatally shot by police after Ohio crash was UAE citizen

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:42pm

A man fatally shot by a police officer after his car flipped on the Ohio Turnpike was a citizen of the United Arab Emirates and a student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.

3 in custody in robbery of wife of Missouri governor-elect

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:42pm

Three teenagers are in custody in the armed robbery of the wife of Missouri Gov.-Elect Eric Greitens, and the former Navy Seal officer who takes office next month said Tuesday it's a good thing police got to them before he did.

Transgender student named king of Kansas school dance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:41pm

A 17-year-old transgender student who advocated for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights at a suburban Wichita high school was named king of a winter ball after receiving the most votes from his fellow students.

Utah to spend $138,000 to restore famous outlaw's cabin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:41pm

Utah state officials are going to spend $138,000 to restore a decaying wood cabin in Piute County that has become a tourist spot because it's believed to be the boyhood home of outlaw Butch Cassidy.

Obama says his strategy is 'breaking the back' of extremists

Kevin Freking and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:35pm

President Barack Obama says the fight he's led against the Islamic State group has been relentless, sustainable and multilateral. He says it demonstrates a shift in how the U.S. takes on terrorists around the world.

Authorities: 2 children among 3 dead in Indiana house fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:33pm

An 18-year-old woman, a 4-month old girl and a 4-year-old boy have died in a raging house fire produced flames and heat so intense that it drove back firefighters attempting to rescue them, a fire chief said.

Alabama opposing execution stay for condemned inmate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:33pm

The state of Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the execution of an inmate scheduled for lethal injection on Thursday.

Police: 3 kids killed, mother critically injured in shooting

Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:32pm

Critically wounded, an Albuquerque mother struggled in vain to pull her three children to safety after a gunman shot them during a confrontation inside the family's home in what police described Tuesday as a violent and senseless act.

The Latest: 2007 Times Square hotel killing goes to jury

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:32pm

The latest on the trial in a murder case surrounding a prostitute's death in a Times Square hotel, a case that became a forum for debate over the scientific validity of bite-mark evidence. All times local:

US appeals court favors gay-straight club at Florida school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:31pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that students at a Florida middle school have the right to form a gay-straight alliance club.

Female DJ, music promoter, among warehouse fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:31pm

The Oakland warehouse fire took the lives of musicians, artists and others trying to break down barriers.

Critics worry after Trump security chief fuels conspiracies

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:26pm

On issues of national security and intelligence, no one is likely to have more influence in Donald Trump's White House than retired Gen. Michael T. Flynn.

Trooper responding to call of erratic driver killed by him

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:22pm

A recently married rookie state trooper responding to an emergency call about an erratic driver was killed in a violent wreck on a highway when the erratic driver, traveling in the opposite direction, crossed a grassy median and slammed into his marked cruiser head-on, authorities said.

Georgia leads US in executions this year, set for ninth

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:22pm

Lawyers seeking to block Tuesday's scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing his father-in-law after a custody fight over a young son have argued a juror lied about her own messy relationship history and swayed fellow jurors to vote for a death sentence.

Mother says slain woman was trying to rebuild her life

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:22pm

A Utah woman who police say was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend got a restraining order after a beating that left her badly bruised in a relationship marked by violence, her mother said.

Dylann Roof's lawyers want delay after officer's mistrial

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:21pm

Lawyers for Dylann Roof said the publicity surrounding the mistrial of a police officer in a murder trial across the street from where Roof's trial is set to begin Wednesday should delay the start of his case.

Officer won't be charged in shooting that paralyzed Iowa man

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:12pm

A white police officer will not be charged in a shooting that left an unarmed black motorist paralyzed and sparked protests in Iowa's second largest city, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

USC student charged with murder in stabbing of professor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:11pm

Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a University of Southern California student with murder in the stabbing death of a professor.