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Supreme Court takes up hospital pension dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:41am

The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation's largest health providers can rely on their church affiliation to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers.

Duke names Pennsylvania university provost as next president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:23am

The University of Pennsylvania's chief academic officer will take the helm of Duke University next year.

Leadore High School cancels boys basketball season

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:21am

Leadore High School has canceled its boys basketball season due to low participation.

Boy jumps off school bus to rescue his dog from burning home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:20am

A 14-year-old boy bolted off his school bus and ran to rescue his dog after seeing his Phoenix family's home was on fire, authorities said.

Extraordinary Smokies wildfire moved fast on path to city

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:20am

The wildfire that popped up on a steep, rugged peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was just one of a dozen that fire crews had been fighting over the last month because of the drought.

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Dead man found in SUV that had pile of parking tickets on it

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:14am

A South Florida woman says she peeked inside an SUV with a stack of parking citations on the windshield and saw the body of a man slumped over the center console.

Judge denies request for special prosecutor in Christie case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:11am

A judge on Friday denied a request for a special prosecutor to be appointed in a criminal misconduct complaint against Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

Man suspected of wife's disappearance arrested in Kentucky

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:10am

A U.S. Marshal's task force has arrested a man in Louisville, Kentucky, who is suspected in the disappearance of his estranged wife in Florida.

Co-conspirator gets 20 years in Indianapolis house explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:10am

One of five people charged in a deadly house explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit arson.

The Latest: Slager jury deliberates more than 12 hours

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:00am

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):

The Latest: Officials defend response to deadly wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:51am

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

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US employers add 178K jobs as unemployment sinks to 4.6%

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:48am

U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit. The unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, though mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:41am

So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.

Poll: Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:33am

Only about 1 in 4 people in the United States wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor's health care law that extended coverage to millions, according to a poll.

Casper teen dies after experiencing seizures in jail

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:30am

Authorities are investigating the death of a 19-year-old Casper man who died days after being booked into the Natrona County Detention Center on drug charges.

Traces of benzene found in Jackson drinking water well

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:20am

Environmental officials have found traces of a volatile organic compound in a well that supplies drinking water to the town of Jackson.

Ex-Houston police officer charged in murder-for-hire plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:20am

A former Houston police officer is accused of organizing a murder-for-hire plot targeting his estranged wife and another woman.

Obama, incoming UN secretary-general meet at White House

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:10am

President Barack Obama says the former Portuguese prime minister who will lead the U.N. beginning Jan. 1. has already proven to be an effective leader.

Salt Lake police add officers to shorten response times

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:10am

The Salt Lake City Police Department is increasing the number of patrol officers available in hopes of cutting down on response times.