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Drought conditions persist in northeastern Wyoming

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:31am

Drought conditions are persisting in portions of northeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota.

5 more victims' names released in Gatlinburg wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:20am

Emergency officials have released the names of five more victims in the wildfires that ravaged the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Botched balloting keeps tiny Kansas town from dissolving

John Hanna and Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:10am

The central Kansas town of Frederick has dwindled over the decades to just 10 people, and its only real expense is a $55-a-month electric bill for a half-dozen or so street lights that illuminate the unpaved streets.

Up to a foot more snow expected for Hawaii mountaintops

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:10am

More snow is expected to fall on Hawaii mountaintops as a winter storm warning goes into effect through Monday morning.

Fire officials investigating cause of Boston-area fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 9:50am

Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the huge blaze that ripped through a Boston-area neighborhood, displacing about 60 families but "miraculously" resulting in no serious injuries or deaths.

Experts warn of mental health woes as wildfires ravage South

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 9:50am

When U.S. Forest Ranger Jody Bandy confronted the man in the Pisgah National Forest, he said he'd been at the nearby wildfire and "couldn't take it anymore."

Death toll in warehouse fire rises to 24, with more expected

Jonathan J. Cooper and Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 9:50am

Officials say the death toll has risen to 24 in a fire that ripped through a late-night dance party in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California, and they expect that number to climb as the search continues.

Salt Lake City woman is charged with aggravated kidnapping

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 9:40am

A Salt Lake City woman has been charged with aggravated kidnapping in connection with the case of a missing man who police believe was murdered.

The Latest: 24 dead in Oakland fire, more expected

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 9:30am

The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local):

Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll from a fire in a converted warehouse has risen to 24.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 9:20am

Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll from a fire in a converted warehouse has risen to 24.

Officials: No smoke detectors in Ohio deadly home fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 9:00am

No smoke detectors were found in an Ohio house where a fire killed two adults and two young girls in Akron, officials said as an investigation continued into what started the deadly blaze.

Gun-rights backers vow to 'go on offense' during Trump years

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 8:40am

Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump's campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion of gun rights under his administration and a Congress firmly in Republican hands.

Imprisoned former CIA officer fights conviction over leak

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 8:21am

Once an employee of the powerful CIA, Jeffrey Sterling now sits behind bars at a federal prison in Colorado. He bides his time by reading and writing and working at the facility's recreational center.

Timeline: Events related to shooting death of Saints' Smith

Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 8:20am

On Dec. 5, New Orleans resident Cardell Hayes will go on trial in the shooting death of Will Smith, a former New Orleans Saints player whose shooting death earlier this year shocked the country. Here's a look at the timeline of events related to the case:

US releases Guantanamo prisoner, resettles him in Cape Verde

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 7:30am

A prisoner from Yemen at the Guantanamo Bay detention center has been released and sent to the West African nation of Cape Verde for resettlement.

Mummers seek inclusive tone after racially sensitive display

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 7:30am

Organizers of the Mummers Parade are hopeful that cultural education efforts will help the city's annual New Year's celebration be more respectful and inclusive following a string of racially and ethnically offensive displays.

NY tweaks medical pot law but still no talk of legalization

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 7:21am

New York is loosening restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law but, to the dismay of some pot advocates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in embracing full legalization.

Bipedal bear's apparent death motivates bear hunt opponents

Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 6:22am

New Jersey's long-debated black bear hunts have stoked strong passions, blasted by animal rights activists as inhumane and supported by hunters and wildlife officials who say they help control the population and minimize run-ins with humans.

Students: Slain USC prof was caring; arrested student quiet

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:50pm

A graduate student arrested on suspicion of killing the professor who oversaw his work at the University of California was described by some of his fellow classmates as a quiet but seemingly normal young man while others say he was troubled and pegged as most likely to quit the group's rigorous doctoral program.