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Obama and Trump once traded insults, now it's phone calls

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:13am

An apparent rapport is brewing between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump that few, if any, saw coming.

Trump's new tone on immigrant kids divides GOP

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:12am

Donald Trump's promise to "work something out" for immigrants brought here illegally as kids is dividing fellow Republicans, underscoring how difficult it will be for Congress to take any action on immigration, whether it's building a wall or dealing with immigrant youths.

Defense focuses on penalty, not guilt in church shooting

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:00am

The attorneys defending Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shooting trial are largely conceding his guilt in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church. Their attention is on keeping their client out of the death chamber.

Christmas tree farmer returns wedding band lost 15 years ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:30am

A Christmas tree farmer has found and returned a wedding ring a New Jersey man lost roughly 15 years ago.

US envoy nominee Branstad member of Masons, banned in China

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:20am

If Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad becomes the next U.S. Ambassador to China, he may want to leave any Masonic symbols at home.

Chicago officer convicted of perjury, 2 officers acquitted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:20pm

A Cook County judge has found a Chicago Police officer guilty of perjury for lying under oath during a drug trial but acquitted his supervisor and a suburban officer.

Shoplifting suspect stabs officer at South Carolina Walmart

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:01pm

A deputy police chief says a female officer has been stabbed inside a Walmart store in Columbia, South Carolina, while responding to a shoplifting call.

1 killed, 1 injured in small plane crash in northern Wyoming

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:41pm

Authorities say one person was killed and another was injured in a small plane crash in northern Wyoming.

Man gets 2 years in jail for crash that killed German bikers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:51pm

A man who crashed his pickup into a group of German motorcyclists heading to Yellowstone National Park, killing three, has been sentenced to two years in jail.

APNewsBreak: Military targets handling of misconduct cases

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:31pm

Military leaders are trying to fix the lengthy, inconsistent process for investigating senior officers accused of misconduct, The Associated Press has learned. They are seeking to change a hodgepodge system in which investigations can drag on for years while taxpayers pay six-figure salaries to officers relegated to mid-level administrative posts.

Commander backs standing for national anthem at Pearl Harbor

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:11pm

U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris says those who served during the attack on Pearl Harbor never failed to stand for the national anthem.

College roommates among Oakland warehouse fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:01pm

A fun-loving computer science graduate and 21-year-old college roommates were among the 36 people killed when fire engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse.

Ohio House committee approves 20-week abortion ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:00pm

Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill that Republican lawmakers hope to pass Thursday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:51pm

Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 2,400 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.

The Latest: Student shot at Nevada school is critical

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:51pm

The Latest on a shooting at a Reno High School (all times local):

New York won't keep ID card applicants' records in future

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:32pm

The city won't keep personal records from future applicants for its immigrant-friendly municipal ID cards, even as it has been temporarily blocked from destroying more than 900,000 current cardholders' records.

Next North Carolina governor says he can carry out agenda

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:31pm

North Carolina's incoming Democratic governor said Wednesday he's optimistic he'll be able to repeal the law limiting state and local LGBT protections, vowing to pull back the conservative agenda of a Republican-dominated legislature.

Aimless pizza shop gunman latched onto internet, religion

Jonathan Drew and Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:23pm

Before he was charged with firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant, where he had been drawn by a fake news story, Edgar Maddison Welch was known as a well-meaning father of two girls who unnerved some with his religious fervor and sometimes had trouble detaching himself from the internet.

No. 1 UConn beats No. 2 Notre Dame 72-61 for 83rd win in row

Tom Coyne, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:23pm

Napheesa Collier scored 20 points, Gabby Williams had 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and No. 1 Connecticut beat No. 2 Notre Dame 72-61 on Wednesday night for its 83rd straight victory.