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Special-needs Texas teens found in 'deplorable' conditions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:12am

A sheriff says seven special-needs teenagers aged 13 to 16 years old have been removed from "deplorable" conditions at a Houston-area home where they were locked for long periods in a closet.

Filing: As guard lay dying, inmate stole gum from his pocket

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:11am

Federal prosecutors say an inmate's killing of a guard at a federal prison in Pennsylvania was a calculated slaying during which the inmate paused to chew a piece of gum he took from the dying guard's pocket.

NYC mayor blames Trump, hate speech for rise in hate crimes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:11am

Mayor Bill de Blasio says he believes president-elect Donald Trump is to blame for an increase in reported New York City hate crime incidents.

Officials consider citing homeowner after Ohio fire kills 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:00am

Authorities have identified the two adults and two girls killed in a fire at an Ohio home that lacked smoke detectors, and they're considering whether the rental property's owner should be cited.

School board official avoids trial in frozen fish assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:50am

A member of a Massachusetts town's school committee charged with assaulting a man with frozen fish patties has been ordered to attend anger management classes.

After mistrial, slain SC motorist's family still confident

Bruce Smith and Seanna Adcox, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:41am

Relatives of Walter Scott, the black motorist fatally shot while fleeing a traffic stop, say they are confident justice will prevail even though a South Carolina jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in his death.

Officials: Potential for violence from fake news troubling

Matthew Barakat and Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:32am

The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referencing Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of references to pizza parties. It morphed into fake online news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats operating out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint.

AG cautions town against vote on proposed Muslim cemetery

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:30am

The Massachusetts attorney general's office is cautioning town officials against holding a town-wide vote on a proposal for a Muslim cemetery on abandoned farmland.

Recovery of fire victims winds down; investigation looms

Paul Elias and Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:20am

Some people managed to text loved ones goodbye and "I love you" before they died in an Oakland warehouse fire that claimed three dozen lives, officials said, as heart-rending reports of victims' last moments emerged from the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade.

Police officer charged with slapping man dressed as bunny

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:42am

A police officer accused of slapping a man who was wearing a bunny costume and was blowing an air horn inside a police station has been charged with assault.

Obama will meet with special ops forces, talk strategy

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:30am

President Barack Obama will use a visit with special operations forces on Tuesday to highlight gains the U.S. has made against extremist organizations such as the Islamic State group and to promote what he sees as the most sustainable approach to fighting such groups.

Boy chained with dead chicken around neck files lawsuit

Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:20am

A teen who was chained to the porch of a North Carolina house with a dead chicken around his neck is suing his former foster parent, social services officials and Union County.

Florida officers fatally shoot man they say pointed gun

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:20am

Authorities in central Florida say officers fatally shot a man after he pointed a gun at them.

Head-on crash leaves New Jersey trooper, another man dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:01am

A New Jersey state trooper and another man were killed in a head-on highway crash.

South Carolina cold case killings suspect facing 2 new suits

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:30am

A South Carolina man charged with killing a total of seven people is facing two new lawsuits.

Appeals court to examine ex-CIA officer's leak conviction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:20am

The case of former CIA officer convicted of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear program is heading to a federal appeals court.

1 arrested in North Carolina Christmas parade shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:00am

Police say one person has been arrested in a shooting that happened during a Christmas parade in central North Carolina.

Colleagues paint caustic portrait of artist colony founder

Ellen Knickmeyer and Tim Reiterman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:10am

The founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists' colony where dozens of people burned to death saw himself as a kind of guru and loved to surround himself with followers but showed chilling disregard for their well-being, according to relatives, neighbors and acquaintances.

Music therapist, teacher, teens among warehouse fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:00am

A therapist who used music to help kids cope with trauma. A woman who taught at a Montessori school. An energetic artist who could make friends with anyone.

Obama's UN envoy refers to Armenian genocide

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:00am

Has the Obama administration quietly recognized the World War I-era killing of Armenians as genocide?