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Researchers: Flint water improving, but stick with filters

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:41pm

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.

Grand jury: Detroit man with explosives intended to kill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:41pm

A Detroit man accused of amassing weapons and buying explosives has been hit with new charges, including an allegation that he intended to kill someone and destroy property.

House Dems likely to keep NM lawmaker as campaign chief

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:41pm

House Democrats will likely keep the leader of their campaign organization in his job, even though they're frustrated with their disappointing Election Day showing.

Police hail parents who found, disarmed son at Utah school

Brady McCombs and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:33pm

A Utah mother and father who followed their son to school and pulled a shotgun from his hand after he fired a round into a classroom ceiling likely prevented bloodshed by acting quickly on their intuition and conversations with the boy after they noticed guns were missing from their home, police said Friday.

FBI at land owned by family in homicide, lost-at-sea case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:30pm

The FBI and other agencies have been at an abandoned New Hampshire property owned by the family of a man whose 2013 homicide remains unsolved and whose daughter is presumed dead after her boat sank during a mother-son fishing trip this year.

The Latest: Slager jury says its deadlocked

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:30pm

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):

Supreme Court takes up hospital pension dispute

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:30pm

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

The Latest: San Bernardino recalls terror attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:20pm

The Latest on the one-year anniversary of the San Bernardino terror attack (all times local):

Oklahoma court orders new sentence in Australian's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:12pm

An Oklahoma appeals court has thrown out the life sentence given to a teenager who was convicted of fatally shooting an Australian baseball player three years ago.

Prosecutor: Rikers guard 'savagely' kicked inmate to death

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:11pm

A guard at New York City's troubled jail complex Rikers Island "savagely" kicked an ailing inmate to death four years ago before persuading fellow guards to lie about what happened, a prosecutor told jurors Friday during opening statements at his trial.

Police: Slain teen had BB gun in waistband, nothing in hands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:11pm

A black West Virginia teenager had a BB gun in his waistband but nothing in his hands when he was fatally shot by a white man, a police detective has testified.

Idaho sells 7 properties for $17.3 million, will buy land

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:44am

Idaho officials have sold seven commercial properties for $17.3 million as part of a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate and use the money to buy timberland and agricultural land that the state uses to generate revenue to fund schools.

Police: Sniper killed gunman after child ran to porch

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:40am

Officials say a sheriff's sniper in Washington state killed a gunman with a single shot after one of the two children he had been using as human shields ran onto a porch and the suspect was exposed.

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.

Residents line up to see wildfire-ravaged city; 13 dead

Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:20am

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.

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.