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Lawsuit 'likely' amid new Texas rules over fetal remains

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:32pm

New Texas rules requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains are likely to face a court challenge before taking effect, an abortion-rights attorney said Friday, months after the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down sweeping abortion restrictions in the state.

Police: Man fatally shot in church wouldn't drop crowbar

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:30pm

A church break-in escalated into a deadly confrontation in a small Kentucky town Friday when the suspect refused multiple commands to drop a crowbar and advanced toward a deputy sheriff who opened fire, killing the man, police said.

The Latest: Slager jury goes home for weekend

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:30pm

The Latest on the trial of a white former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed black motorist (all times local):

Chicago-area judge who let clerk take bench has Alzheimer's

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:30pm

A Chicago-area judge who allowed a law clerk to don a judge's robe and preside over a few traffic cases suffered from memory loss at the time and has since been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a state judicial board has concluded.

Oklahoma court orders new sentence in Australian's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:30pm

An Oklahoma appeals court on Friday ordered a new sentencing for a teenager who has been serving a life in prison without parole term for the fatal shooting of an Australian baseball player three years ago.

Hawaii summits could get more than 2 feet of snow

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:30pm

The summits of Hawaii's Big Island could get more than two feet of snow through the weekend.

During first look at wildfire rubble, residents in a daze

Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:30pm

Residents and business owners in Gatlinburg got their first look at the wildfire destruction on Friday, and many walked around the once-bustling tourist city in a daze, sobbing.

Documents: Suspected serial killer drew complaints years ago

Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:21pm

People complained to South Carolina's licensing agency about Todd Kohlhepp's threats, grim statements and obscene Facebook posts years before authorities found a woman chained on his property and charged him in seven killings, redacted documents show.

Student removed from school over fake racist hunting license

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:20pm

A Pennsylvania high school student who posted on social media an image of a fake license to hunt black people has been removed from school.

The Latest: In wildfires, son says parents 'died happy'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:02pm

The Latest on the wildfires in eastern Tennessee (all times local):

Attempted murder charge against mom in fecal injection case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 4:01pm

A prosecutor charged a northwestern Indiana woman with attempted murder Friday after she told police she injected fecal matter into her son's IV tube while he was hospitalized for leukemia.

Alaska town's new Inupiat name challenged in court

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:50pm

On paper, the new Inupiat Eskimo name of the nation's northernmost town is now official. But not so fast. The reality is not so simple.

Chains and branded skin: California kidnap case baffles cops

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:50pm

Three weeks after Sherri Papini disappeared, the question of whether she was dead or alive was answered when the young mother and wife was spotted waving frantically for help along a California freeway early on Thanksgiving morning. But the mystery over what happened to her during those 22 days just seemed to grow stranger.

Utah power players eye Senate run as Hatch flirts with 2018

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:45pm

As the dust clears from the 2016 election, Utah Republicans have already turned their attention to 2018 and whether longtime U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch will stick to his word that he won't run for re-election.

Macaw poses in man's mug shot after unlucky court appearance

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:44pm

A 4-year-old macaw named "Bird" is an instant celebrity after appearing in a posed booking mug shot in Oregon with his unfortunate owner.

Researchers: Flint water improving, but stick with filters

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:41pm

Water in Flint, Michigan, continues to improve, researchers reported Friday after finding no detectable levels of lead in 57 percent of homes during another round of tests.

Police: Marksman killed gunman after child ran to porch

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:30pm

The gunman had already shot a police officer, threatened to kill two children and barricaded himself upstairs in a house for 11 hours when one of the kids, a 6-year-old boy, escaped.

Appeals court halts execution for dad who killed daughters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:21pm

An appeals court on Friday stayed the execution of a Dallas man so it can review if he's mentally competent to be put to death for fatally shooting his two young daughters more than 15 years ago while their mother listened helplessly over the phone.

US casts watchful eye on Cuban crossings after Castro death

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:10pm

Rodolfo Lledes departed Cuba and headed for Florida with 26 others on a motorized raft made of empty 55-gallon drums. Claudia Cruz Perez wound her way on buses, boats and planes through South America to the U.S.-Mexico border, eventually landing in Miami.