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Pentagon plays down report on cost-cutting study

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:31pm

The Pentagon and the White House on Tuesday played down a report that the Defense Department had discarded an internal study that found it had a bloated bureaucracy and could cut $125 billion in administrative costs over five years.

Obama defending terrorism strategy before handover to Trump

Kevin Freking and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:23pm

President Barack Obama planned Tuesday to vigorously defend a counterterrorism strategy that relies on special forces and local U.S. partners to minimize America's military footprint, a sharp contrast to the more confrontational vision promoted by President-elect Donald Trump.

Researchers worry as info lags on pot use by older adults

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:20pm

Surveys show a small but growing number of older adults are using marijuana — a trend that worries researchers who say not enough information exists about how pot affects older users.

Former Oklahoma state trooper sentenced to 8 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:14pm

A former Oklahoma state trooper accused of sexually assaulting women during traffic stops has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to lesser charges.

Feds seek 17 to 21 years for ex-congressman Chaka Fattah

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:12pm

Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 17 to 21 years for a former Pennsylvania congressman convicted of a racketeering scheme that included a string of illicit financial moves to cover up an illegal $1 million campaign loan.

Man charged with 4 murders in Los Angeles shootings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:11pm

A man alleged to be a Jamaican gang member has been charged with four counts of capital murder stemming from a deadly shooting in South Los Angeles.

The Latest: Erratic driver blamed for deadly trooper crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:11pm

The Latest on the death of a New Jersey state trooper in a head-on car crash (all times local):

Utah to spend $138,000 to restore famous outlaw's cabin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:04pm

Utah state officials are going to spend $138,000 to restore a decaying wood cabin in Piute County that has become a tourist spot because it's believed to be the boyhood home of outlaw Butch Cassidy.

After 9 years, Times Square hotel murder case headed to jury

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:01pm

A nearly decade-old murder case involving a prostitute's death in a shabby Times Square hotel was headed toward the jury room Tuesday, after being drawn out by debate over the validity of bite-mark evidence.

The Latest: Senate's first task is repeal health care law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:01pm

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Police: 3 kids killed, mother critically injured in shooting

Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:01pm

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry called for the city to come together Tuesday as investigators tried to piece together the final moments of three children who were killed when they arrived home with their mother to find a gunman waiting inside.

13-year-old girl pleads guilty to shooting Missouri couple

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:52pm

A 13-year-old girl who shot and critically wounded a couple in their 70s at a suburban St. Louis beauty supply store has pleaded guilty in family court.

Kamas mayor crashes school bus after suffering heart attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:51pm

Utah Highway Patrol says the mayor of Kamas suffered a heart attack while driving, causing him to crash a school bus into a power pole.

Unity event, protests expected at white nationalist's visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:51pm

Texas A&M University is preparing to hold an event highlighting diversity and unity at the same time a white nationalist is set to speak at the College Station campus.

Miss. lawyers: Don't revive lawsuit over Confederate emblem

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:41pm

Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant have asked a federal appeals court not to revive a lawsuit that sought to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

NY governor to sue over Long Island Sound dredge disposal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:31pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he intends to sue the federal government over its plan to allow dredged sediments to be placed in eastern Long Island Sound.

Man gets at least 6 years for older brother's stabbing death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:31pm

A young Pennsylvania man convicted of stabbing his older brother to death following an argument over cigarettes has been sentenced to six to 15 years in prison.

The Latest: Police: 3 children dead in Albuquerque shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:20pm

The Latest on a deadly shooting in southeast Albuquerque (all times local):

Obama tells Renzi that US, Italy will remain close allies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:20pm

President Barack Obama is reassuring Italian Premier Matteo Renzi that Italy will remain one of the closest U.S. allies despite Renzi's defeat in a referendum on government-championed reforms.