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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):

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Duke names Univ. of Pennsylvania provost its next president

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

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

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.

Cars line up to see wildfire-ravaged Tennessee city; 13 dead

Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:20am

People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a first look at what remained of their homes and businesses, and a mayor raised the death toll to 13, including a woman who died of a heart attack during the firestorm.

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.

Rikers guard accused of fatally beating inmate goes on trial

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:10am

A federal civil rights trial is underway in New York City for a former Rikers Island guard accused of fatally beating an ailing inmate while the man was restrained and lying on the floor.

305 claims approved for Pulse victims' fund

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:00am

Officials with a fund created from donations for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting say they will distribute $29.5 million on 305 claims when the process is completed.

Yale committee recommends standards for college name change

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:00am

Yale University's president has appointed an advisory panel to consider whether to change the name of its Calhoun residential college, which honors a former U.S. vice president who also was an ardent supporter of slavery.

Researchers: Flint water improving, but stick with filters

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:51am

Researchers who played a critical role in the discovery of lead in Flint, Michigan, drinking water say tests reveal another rise in water quality.